The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward (Potion #1)

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Original Title: The Potion Diaries

Year Published: 2015

Published by:  Simon & Schuster

Number of Pages: 320

First Sentence: A tiny bead of blood bloomed where the knifepoint pressed against the tip of her finger.

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Plot:

When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.

Enter Samantha Kemi – an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime?

And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.

No big deal, then

My thoughts:

This book was super amazing. I had so much fun reading it and am looking forward to getting my hands on the next book (which I ordered whilst writing this review). It had such an original theme and was very well written.

Sam was a great main character, fun and didn’t take herself too seriously. But she was clever, good at what she did and caring towards her friend and even people she didn’t know. Sam could have chosen to go, “who cares about a spoilt princess”, but instead choose to help. Yeah, it was partly because the family needed the reward, but also because she felt that her skills could be used to save the princess.

Zain was also quite brilliant. He was first introduced as a spoilt, rich brat, but turned out to be so much more. He was also caring and loyal towards his friends. Also clever and willing to help others around him since they were working towards the same goal.

The plot and worldbuilding were so clever. This is a sort of contemporary fantasy book. They use social media and quite modern technology, but also make potions as medical remedies, and use magic for things. I loved this idea, that you can have our modern world combined with the fairy tale worlds of old. And why shouldn’t it be possible? It makes these kinds of stories more realistic and also more accessible for today’s readers. We can relate to it in a different way than if the characters did not use any type of modern technology.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, yes, many times yes!

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