My ‘Poison’ of Choice

I bought Poison a few months ago after reading about Bridget Zinn’s story in the blogosphere. Her situation is enough to tug at the heartstrings of any author, so I was absolutely delighted when I fell head-over-heels for Poison!

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Kyra is the kingdom’s best potions master, but she’s also on the run after a failed assassination attempt on the princess…who happens to be her best friend. Throw in a charming vagabond and a piglet who puts tracking dogs to shame, and you’ve got one heck of a fun cast.

Kyra is a plucky heroine – my favorite kind! Her actions and dialogue are believable and often funny. She starts out as a tough, go-it-alone skeptic, and I especially love how Zinn’s plot helps her change by book’s end. She’s one of those wonderful, dynamic characters who seem like they could walk off the page.

The supporting characters are also great! I liked Fred from the beginning – he was sort of like Tristan from Stardust meets Flynn from Tangled. His carefree attitude made a nice match for Kyra’s tenacity. And then there’s Ariana, the princess and Kyra’s friend. I didn’t like her at all when she was introduced. I pictured her as spoiled, a little sickly and basically a whiner…boy, was it a joy to be proven wrong. She ended up being the character who made me laugh most!

Throughout, Zinn strikes the perfect balance of tension and playfulness. If you’re in the mood for a rollicking adventure with lots of heart, Poison is a sure bet!

And if you need more convincing, the back cover alone is priceless.

P.S. The last paragraph of Peggy's blog post (see link above) explains what Bridget hoped to do for her readers. She wanted to make people laugh and hoped readers would enjoy spending time with the characters she created, and she really wanted to write a book with pockets of warmth and happiness. I just want to let you all know she accomplished that mission. Hats off to you, Bridget. Hats off!


Week #3 Giveaway Winner

And the winner from last week's comments is Cherie Reich!! Congrats! Send me an email to let me know which prize you prefer.

And, don't forget, the giveaways go on all month. Get the details here.


  1. Sounds fun, it's been a while since I read a fantasy that was just good plain fun (I tend to lean towards the darker side of things).

  2. Congrat to Cherie!

    Poison sounds great. I love plucky heroines.

  3. I love that back cover. Sounds like a really fun story. :)

  4. I like the recipe.
    Congratulations, Cherie!

  5. This has been in my TBR stack for months, and it's just moved straight to the top. I love the idea of a fantasy that's sheer bubbly fun.

  6. I must read this! Thanks for the rec!

  7. I want to read this too! Thank you!

    Congrats to Cherie. :)

  8. I remember hearing about the author. I'm glad to see the book is doing so well. :D

  9. Now that's a great cover! I'm putting it on my Goodreads! Thanks for sharing about it!

  10. Jamie - It was such a refreshing read (though I sometimes like the darker stuff too).

    Lynda - You would totally enjoy Kyra!

    L.G. - Isn't the back cover brilliant?!

    Alex - The recipe idea definitely caught my eye when I bought it.

    Martina - Yay! You'll have to let me know what you think.

    Emily - You're very welcome.

    Kimberly - I really enjoyed it.

    Stina - Me too!

  11. It's already in my TBR pile, thanks for the review!

  12. Thank you so much, Nicole! It's exciting to have won. :)

    And Poison sounds like such a fun read.

  13. J.A. - When you get there in the pile, it'll be well worth it!

    Cherie - Of course! Hope you enjoy the root-beery deliciousness. ;)

  14. I heard the story of Bridget's life a while back, and it made me so sad and inspired. I've been meaning to read POISON ever since and I'm so glad you loved it! It sounds like something that's right up my alley.

  15. Oh, I'm heading for the mountains. Poison needs to be on my Kindle.

  16. That book sounds so good and I love the cover! It's on my TBR list, maybe I need to move it up. :)

  17. Definitely gives me chills! I cannot wait to read this book!

  18. Great cover and FANTASTIC back cover! I'm off to buy!