Title: The Potion Diaries
Author: Amy Alward
Genre Themes: Coming-of-Age, Royalty, Rivalry, Friendship
Date Published (England): July 2, 2015
Date Published (US Canada): Oct. 18, 2016
Cover Rating: 4.5/5
Buy: The Potion Diaries
Synopsis: 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? And just how close is she willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing enemy, in the meantime.
Just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.
No big deal, then.
This book was actually released in the UK in 2015. It was also released in the US and Canada under the title Maddly, and with a different cover.
It’s being re-released on Oct. 18th of this year, and I have already pre-ordered it.
My friend Tyr (pronounced TEAR) actually told me to read the is book. Her friends from the UK sent it to her, and she loaned it to me.
It took me forever to get to it, because it’s a paperback and FROM ENGLAND – Ruining it would not be the best idea for my health.
I did eventually though, and I totally regret not reading it sooner.
It is a bit hard to get into, but a few chapters in and it’ll be fine. The writing is quick, as well is the story.
Sam is such an interesting character – and totally realistic. This book also gives you an insight on friendship, which is something I feel like is underrated in YA. I feel like most books focus on the romance first, and add a nice little ‘BFF’ gesture in there somewhere.
That was not the case here.
Speaking of romance…
Very, very enjoyable! I loved it so much – seeing it grow just added to the story. It wasn’t insta-love, but it also wasn’t prolonged either. Both characters had their priorities straight the whole time, which was pretty much like Hallelujah!
I do hope to see more of the romance in the second book.
The side characters were interesting, and I found myself wanting to hear more about Kirsty, and Anita and even Emilia. Sort of.
The story had no plot holes, and it kept me guessing. It was fun to try and figure it out with Sam and the other characters.
The world is incredible. So detailed – and mentioned in the most subtle ways! You don’t even realize the book is painting a picture until, all-of-a-sudden, you do.
You learn the caste system, and how the world works and none of it is confusing.
It’s also a great book for the younger side of YA. It’s an adventure book for those of us who haven’t really learned the boundaries of YA. I loved that!
Overall, I loved this book and I can’t wait to read the second one!
What did you think of this book and the characters? Are you planning on reading this book? Feel free to comment spoilers – everybody who hasn’t read this book should be cautious of the comments!