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? 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.
Fun fact: You know who sold me this book?
Non Pratt (Trouble, Remix) – so that’s a story.
200words (or less) review: The Potion Diaries was a fun escape into a different world with two narrators at the helm, Princess Evelyn and Sam the alchemist in training who sets out to save her. Sam has trained in the traditional art of potion making, no synthetics in her family shop. A shop that is going under but ‘The Hunt’ is going to change that.
Most of the book is narrated by Sam but the chapters that Evelyn gets are good, you see her completely loose herself in the spell of the potion. Also there is quite a bit of insight into her character, which I liked.
I enjoyed the world Amy Alward has created and the quest that Sam and her friends have to find a cure. The challenges were varied, there is peril. It’s an adventure story – with unicorns. There should always be unicorns. 😉