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.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: 3 stars! Cute and the perfect kind of action-adventure type read for a middle grade/younger YA reader, but I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind for this book at this time. However, I think it has all the elements to make a younger reader, an age in which this book is specifically targeted, truly happy.

♥ Review: I remember a handful of years ago this book received a lot of praise due in part to the magical aspects of the book but also because of the unfortunate passing of its author prior to its release. I had requested the book simply because I kept seeing it pop up on my Goodreads timeline, and after gaining access to it, then I noticed where the author had recently died. I’ll openly admit that was probably my biggest reason from shying away from reading the book. What if I read it and didn’t fall in love? I didn’t want to be the asshole who gave a recently deceased author’s book a crappy rating, and so, long story short: this book kept getting pushed to the side because I didn’t want to be mean. However, now it stands as being the last book left between me and my catch-up-on-my-request review goal on NetGalley, so I finally had to dive in. . . and all my fears resurfaced because I didn’t, in fact, love this book like a few of my other GR friends did.

I won’t lie, it was a cute read, and I could certainly understand why other readers would adore it, but it simply wasn’t for me. The characters were smart and likable, the romance while fast-tracked was kind of adorable, the witchy/potion elements were intriguing, and the scheming plot was suspenseful, but it all seemed to be missing some grander aspect to really pull me in and keep me engaged. Overall, I didn’t dislike the book, but seeing as it took me more than a week to finish it when I’m usually a few hours to a day or two type reader, you can see that it failed on more than a few occasions to really hold my interest.

Book Rating Breakdown
Cover
Writing
Characters
Plot
Pacing
General Book Feels
Cute, Fuzzies, Flutters
Overall:

♥ Rec It? Maybe? I think younger readers (middle grader to younger YA) will enjoy this book a great deal. As for upper YA or adults venturing in to YA genre, it didn’t feel like it contained enough depth for me to really give it a solid recommendation.

♥ A very special thanks to Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.

*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.

I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥

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