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Author: Bridget Zinn
Year Published: 2013
Synopsis: 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.
Why?: Adventure, magic, an assassination attempt, romance... Yeah, this sounds like it has all the makings of an excellent YA Fantasy book! Plus, there's a little piggy. I want to know about this piggy!
Expectations: I'm expecting a fun YA fantasy with a lot of romance and a lot of cuteness. I've heard some pretty good things about this book, so my expectations are a little high. I also expect to be left wanting more... and then I expect to be sad because Bridget's story is sad.
Judging a book by its cover: This cover is so pretty! I love the colors, I love the badass girl, and the little piggy is so cute just hanging out there in the bottom left. The title is also really neat and well placed, and I like that the blue stands out. If I saw this on a shelf somewhere, I'd be pretty likely to pick it up.