Published by Simon and Schuster on September 29th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Samantha may be falling for the beloved of the princess she is sent to save in this start to a hilarious, adventurous, and sweetly romantic trilogy.
When Samantha is summoned to the royal court of Nova for a secret mission, it’s her chance to put her training to the test: Princess Evelyn has taken an illegal love potion with disastrous effects, and Samantha, like her ancestors before her, is great at mixing potions. She may not be one of the naturally Talented—those who can heal or transform at the wave of their hands—but she is skilled nonetheless, and determined to find an antidote and cure Princess Evelyn.
The problem? Princess Evelyn took the love potion to make her best friend Zain fall for her—and it’s Zain who Samantha keeps encountering on her hunt for antidote ingredients. As forbidden sparks between them fly, Samantha is forced to wonder: will curing Princess Evelyn doom her own chance at love?
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
HA. I actually loved this book. I think I have a thing for magic and potions and alchemists, because I was totally engrossed in this book. I actually find the plot of the story quite funny — the Princess accidentally poisoning herself with her love potion, and it resulting in her falling for… well, herself. This book was written in two different perspectives, of course, most of it being Samantha’s point of view. But what was cuter, was reading the Princess’ point of view. That was hilarious and heart-stopping. When you see the part about her falling for herself, you’ll probably be like oh, she’s in love with her reflection, in which she would keep gazing at herself kind of thing. But no. The Princess is really in love with herself, such that they were two separate beings in her potion-induced mind. And that makes it all the more heart-breaking, from her perspective.
I love love love Samantha Kemi. I might be biased because she is an amazing Alchemist, and like I said, I have a thing for alchemists. But I really do love her. She’s amazing, she’s smart and well, she’s like everybody else. She doesn’t really knows how good she is, until she actually enters the Hunt. It was great to see her character developing, from being unsure about herself, to feeling confident that she could actually do it.
And the romance part? Nope, no insta-love. In fact, there wasn’t really much romance in this book, until the middle, because the main focus was on the Hunt. This pace of this book wasn’t slow, but it wasn’t too fast either. I almost didn’t want it to end. Of course, the book started out in a very unexpected way, that got me wanting more. And I couldn’t stop reading this book. I was just fascinated by Sam’s whole journey for the ingredients and of course, the little scenes from the Princess’ POVs. HAHA.
Yes, I will definitely get the finished copy for myself. Plus, have you seen that cover? SO PRETTY.