Release Date: March 12, 2013
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (Disney)
Source: ARC from the publisher
Rating: Really Liked!
Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.
This book was so cute y’all!!!! It wasn’t the epic, heart-wrenching, OMG my soul hurts High Fantasy that I normally love and am drawn to but, it was a fun quick read!
This book reminded me of a cross between Maria V Snyder’s Healer series and Rachel Hawkins Hex Hall series. It had the high fantasy aspects I love but it also had humor and snark. The MC Kyra had me laughing at some of her antics. Like crossing a river in a lacy slip with a pig on her head; yep that really happened and the scene is hilarious! And let’s talk about the pig... she’s a tracker like a kind of bloodhound and she was the cutest thing ever! She made me want to get a pig of my own lol. Oh and there’s a boy and he’s handsome, funny, smart, and a bit mysterious and I loved him! He totally reminded me of Archer from Hex Hall.
The story itself was kind of predictable but hey I had fun reading it and I think it’s a standalone; but if Ms. Zinn decided to delve back into this world I would definitely read it!
I chose a funny scene for you enjoy! J
For some reason, the ridiculous drinking song reminded Kyra of her dad. He would love Fred.
Kyra quashed the thought as quickly as it had sprung up on her. She couldn’t think of her family.
They sang it through together, complete with imaginary beer. The way he watched her sing made her feel as undressed as she’d been when they first met.
When they finished, Fred picked up the cooking pot. “I’m going to go give this a quick rinse.”
Kyra was warm all over. She pulled her bedroll out and snuggled down into it.
A few minutes later, a chuckle came from behind her. “Kitty, don’t be alarmed, but this part of the forest seems to be populated by a bush I’ve never seen before.”
“It seems to be sprouting women’s underthings.”
Kyra sat bolt upright. “Leave those underthings alone.”
Fred sat beside her. “I wouldn’t dream of touching such an unusual plant. It’s probably poisonous.”