by Bridget Zinn
"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 was a fun, enjoyable book. It is a little different from all the other YA books out there, which was nice. It had a strong start, then had some slow parts, but ended very well - if a little too easily. There were a couple of awesome twists at the end that were really fun. Once again, I love a spunky heroine, and who doesn't like a cute little pig? There were definitely flaws in the book, but overall it was very entertaining.
Areas of concern: 1 *h* word, 1 *d* word, a couple of sweet kisses. Overall it was a very clean book.
Kirkus Reviews- Ages 11-14
Publisher's Review- Ages 12-18