Book Review: Poison
by Bridget Zinn
reviewed by Leila Fletcher, age 11
“Poison” by Bridget Zinn, a fantasy novel, revolves around a 16-year-old potions master, Kyra, and her piglet. Kyra must try and complete a deadly mission to save the kingdom.
Kyra has attempted to kill the princess of Mohr, who is also her best friend, but for the first time Kyra misses her target with her poisoned dart. Her assassination attempt forces her to go on the run in the kingdom. However, her unachieved goal is still bothering her. She finds a “Katzenheim pig,” a specially bred pig that can find anyone with just a piece of clothing the person. She and her piglet, Rosie, set off to fulfill her mission.
On her journey, a handsome adventurer named Fred saves her from drowning in a river. Kyra finds herself thinking back to him, after she and her fiancé break up. Despite her longing for Fred, Kyra’s mission is her top priority; she runs away from him several times. When she finds out who Fred actually is and what relationship he has with the princess, she fights to suppress her feelings. To find out why Kyra is trying to kill her friend and who Fred really is, you’ll just have to read the book!
I liked the way the author wrote appropriately for her audience. She used modern phrases and really captured the thoughts of a 16-year-old. I enjoyed the flow of the story. There was not a moment while reading that dragged on. I also liked her unexpected character development and how she brings the whole complicated book to a very logical but surprising end. She answers all the main questions that come up along the way, while also adding more complexity to the story with every chapter. I recommend this book for teens who like romance and adventure.
Sadly Bridget Zinn passed away in 2011 at the age of 33, making “Poison” her debut and only novel.
You can watch Leila's Book Trailer for Poison here.