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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  6,254 ratings  ·  1,016 reviews
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 . . ....more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
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Mags~CVAddikt~Your shock-wave whisper has sealed your fate
Where have I seen this cover before?...

Oh yeah ... Snow White and the Huntsman ...

Poison was a fun adventure-fantasy with murder, intrigue, and potions. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a sweet romance mixed in as well. And don’t forget about the adorable pig.

Kyra, is a Master Potioner who had a bright future ahead of her. She was highly respected in her profession, a mixer of potions that that range from sleeping mixes, truth serums, to extremely lethal poisons. Plus, she was engaged to another brilliant Potioner, Hal. All this was turned upside down when she attempted to...more
May 26, 2011 Gelo marked it as to-read
Very sad to know that the author of this novel lost her battle against cancer today, 25th of May, 2011...I really haven't heard of her until today on Twitter from John Green. My thoughts go with her family.
Amber Argyle
Bridget's Zinn's Poison has all the right ingredients to make your heart ache for more.

By raise of hand, who wants an enchanted pig? *waves hand furiously* I'll admit, in the beginning, I was leery about a pig in a high fantasy novel? But the level of cuteness for this pig was off the charts. Also, it was kinda badass. I have no idea how a pig manages all of that, but this one did. Now I want one of my own.

In the beginning, I had a hard time connecting. Great hook. Strong action from the get go...more
Oct 31, 2012 Tabatha marked it as to-read
* Note: I apologize in advance for the swearing in this review.. I got a little bit carried away..

Suuuuuuuuper excited for Poison! ;D

I think that calls for a little piggy love n'est-ce-pas?

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Get it? Babe? As in, the pig? (:
.. No? You don't get it? Are you kidding me -.-
Oh well.. :/

Bet you wish you had such cute animals in you pre-read reviews huh? (:
Just saying.. If your post doesn...more
Experiment BL626
Poison delivered on its promise. It delivered a kickass heroine, a charming love interest, a cute pet pig, and an exciting plot. I devoured the book in less than 3 hours.

+ the characters

Kyra was everything I hope for in a heroine. She was resourceful, quick thinking, resilient, determined, selfless, noble, kind, etc. She deserved all the superlatives. I liked how she didn’t hesitate to kick ass, I liked that she fought smart, and even better I liked that she won most of the times. I liked how sh...more
Christina (Reading Extensively)
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. There is quite a bit of humor and lightheartedness so even though Kyra is on the run and has a dark task ahead of her, the story is actually fun.

Kyra is a smart and funny main character and she isn't perfect. She makes mistakes and sometimes trusts the wrong people or doesn't trust the right ones. I think this made her easier to relate to. There are some mysteries about her and some things that I wish were...more
Mackenzie (Oh, For the Love of Books!)
Is it just me or does this book cover look eerily similar to a poster for Snow White and the Huntsman?


At least it's pretty!
May 07, 2014 Lola rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People with patience...maybe.
Recommended to Lola by: Thank goddness, no one.
DNF. At 50%.

What I wanted and was sure I would say of Poison :

''This book…was, of course, not flawless but it had his charms, was enjoyable and made me quite often laugh or smile.'' I can not say that anymore.

At some point, I wasn’t even convinced it really was a young adult book. It just felt so young and childish by moments. And the writing wasn’t impressive or 'rich'. Although, I can’t define it as a middle-grade book because, in of one of the scenes, the MC was in underwear and was being hel...more
Seen at Scott Reads It!
Poison is one of those books that I saw and I immediately wanted to read. Everything about the cover appealed to me from the "Snow White And The Huntsman" cover to the fantastic description. I never had the pleasure of meeting Bridget Zinn but I really wish I could have met her. From what I have heard and read online, Mrs. Zinn seemed like an amazing and humorous person!

Kyra is on the run after a failed attempt at killing the Princess, who also is her best friend. Alon...more
Elizabeth May
Mar 11, 2013 Elizabeth May marked it as to-read
Fellow 2013 début author Bridget Zinn passed from cancer in May 2011 before seeing her book in print. Please consider spreading the word about POISON's release in any way you're able. Details here:
Inspired Kathy
Poison was a fun read that will likely appeal to a wide audience. It's appropriate for tweens and has appeal for older readers too. The story started out strong and then lagged in the middle for me. By mid book it was a 3 star read but thankfully it finished with some fun twists at the end leaving me satisfied. So glad I kept reading. I love when an element of the story takes me by surprise and this book did that for me. (In hindsight I guess I should have seen it coming but I love when I don't...more
Love. Love. Love. Love. LOVEEEEEEEEE. There are no other words to describe my feelings toward this story. Zinn managed to captivate me and take me on a really great adventure in a mere 276 pages. This is one of those books that you can't put down because not only is it adorable, it's simply perfect and leaves you aching for more of the author's easy skill of transporting you to new worlds. It kills me to realize that I won't be able to immerse myself in any other faraway lands that spur from Zi...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Yayyyyyy! I am SO glad that Debby forced me to read this book. Though I think it was on my to-read list anyway, I’m not certain I would ever have found the time to get to it, because there are an absurd number of books on my to-read shelf and I ALSO love rereading. I actually remember when this book was coming up, because I kept adding and removing it from my to-read shelf, because the reviews were ALL over the place, and I kept being convinced one way and then another, like a giant tug of war....more
Emma Michaels
I am enamored with ‘Poison’.

I haven’t felt so wonderful reading a novel in ages. Finally twists I don’t see coming, adventure that swept me off my feet and a girl as stubborn and pig headed as I am. How could I not fall in love? Plus, did I mention there is a pig in this, poison throwing darts, crazy witches and royalty? I kid you not, no matter what is released later this year, this book will be my most beloved novel of 2013. Rosie

Have you ever read a book that brings back that first sense of...more
When I was reading this book, I found out that Bridget Zinn died before she could see her novel published. That fact unsettled me because, among other things, Bridget and I were born in the same year, we were almost the same age when she passed away, and that remembers me (again) how brief our lives can be.

Although I think it's great that the book could be published in spite of everything, I really really think too that there was a lot of editing work missing in it that could have made the book...more
......does anybody else think that this cover looks suspiciously similar to Snow White and the Huntsman's book cover?
Eustacia Tan
Would you kill your best friend if you found out she will destroy the kingdom one day? That's the dilemma that Kyra faces, when she see's her best friend Ariana destroying the country in a vision. So, she tries to kill her - but misses. Now, she's a wanted criminal on the run.

The story really starts with a bang. We start off with Kyra already on the run, and the back-story is given to us in bits and pieces. On the way, Kyra picks up a pig called Rosie and meets a guy called Fred. Ok, if I say an...more
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

At just sixteen years old, Kyra is one of the most powerful and celebrated figures in the kingdom - one of the Master Trio of Potioners with exceptional talent, Kyra is also the best friend of Princess Ariana, who just so happens to be the direct heir and future ruler of the land. But one day, Kyra does the unthinkable: she attempts to kill her best friend by way of poisoned blade, and misses.

Now Kyra has fallen from upstanding member of society to villai...more
Tt (Never Ending Stories Book Blog)
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With a feisty cover and engaging characters Poison a is story that will capture your imagination and take you to a world filled with magic and adventure that will entertain readers alike.

Meet 16 year old Kyra- one of the best potion masters in her kingdom who was hired on several occasions by the King for her services is now on the run. When Kyra is labeled as a criminal for attempting to assassinate the future ruler: the Princess, who also happens to be her best friend. When her attempt fails...more
I started this book expecting another dire story of a heroine's survival when the world was against her. Then there was a pig. Then a Fred. And it ended up being a fun romp through a world where chemistry is magic and magic (other than potions) is, well, dull.

The tonal switch is rather strange, admittedly. The story starts with Kyra on the run after attempting to kill the future ruler of her land while planning another attempt. There are flashbacks to the event, agony over being pitted against h...more
Jessica Trujillo
This one is meh. Not terrible, just meh. I really wanted to like this book and was checking it out to see if it was worth giving to my niece, Kyra. To be honest, I only got 150 pages into the book and found that I really didn't care so I stopped. I thought the characters were flat. Maybe the books get better but I didn't care enough to find out either way. Even the dog and pig seemed one dimensional. I mean, Hen Wen was a pig with character. But all I knew about Rosie was that she liked the dog...more
Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars

I was instantly drawn to the beautiful cover of Poison, it is really eye-catching and after reading the synopsis, I knew it would be a fantasy tale I would enjoy.

Poison was a real page turner, the main heroine is Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled and respected potions master and the only person who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction.

Kyra ends up hunted when she attempts to kill her former best friend and the future queen, Ariana with her poison dart...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
I want to talk about something first before I get into the actual review of this book. If you don't care to read it, feel free to skip to the next paragraph. But reading this book really made me realize some things (about myself particularly) that I really wanted to share with you guys. I promise its relevant (sort of). I've always loved to read. When I was a kid I read Little House on the Prairie and Goosebumps and stuff like that, but during the summer before I started high school I started lo...more
Apr 09, 2013 Hallie added it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I decided not to rate this one, given the difficulty I was having knowing how to choose stars. There was a lot that was very sweet and enjoyable about the book, but Zinn's death before the book was even published may have had a lot to do with the unevenness I found.

Structurally, I think there was a serious problem with starting the book with the Bang! of knowing that Kyra had tried and failed to kill Princess Ariana (only daughter of the king and queen of the country). It's quite a while into t...more
I really enjoyed this one. So much YA is dark, dark, dark, with brooding badboy characters--this was a nice change, so completely refreshing and charming. The plot is a little episodic in places, but I was carried along by the fun.

The pig is adorable.
Krista (Nawanda Files)
Poison is one of those books that makes you smile and feel good after reading it. It's adorable, fun, and full of adventure! Kyra's not your average heroine. She's got spunk and lots of skill in the art of potions. She's like a sixteen-year-old girl-version of Snape but with more talent and way more sass.

The plot centers around Kyra searching for her best-friend that she aims to kill. She has two companions on this mission: a pig and Fred. The pig, Rosie, might be one of the most adorable fictio...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Poison is one of those books where it captures you right from the first page. First I love the fact that the main character was a girl and she was not a wussy or a cry baby but she was a kick butt heroine! After finishing the book I immediately wanted to know if Bridget was writing anymore books and I came across the saddest story ever about this author. Lord she battled cancer and lost her fight after she finished writing this book. I could not believe it. She fought a good fight and her websit...more
Note: I received an e-galley of this title from the publisher through NetGalley.

So, when I blurb this book using the sentence, "The most badass magical potioner in the kingdom, who specializes in poisons and potion-aided fighting, goes on a quest to kill her best friend, the princess and heir to the throne, in order to save the kingdom from total destruction," you probably wouldn't think that I would also describe the book as a fun, lighthearted fantasy romp. But, well, there you have it.

Kira co...more
Poison is a great thrilling fantasy novel with a little romance thrown in which is just what I needed.

Kyra, a master potioner, is on the run for trying to kill her best friend who just so happens to be a princess. Not knowing how she could have missed Kyra knows that she has to finish what she started even though it means killing someone she dearly loves. Kyra has to save the kingdom at whatever cost. While she is on the run she meets an interesting boy who she can't shake. Everywhere she goes,...more
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Bridget grew up in Wisconsin. She went to the county fair where she met the love of her life, Barrett Dowell. They got married right before she went in for exploratory surgery which revealed she had colon cancer. They christened that summer the "summer of love" and the two celebrated with several more weddings. Bridget continued to read and write until the day she died. Her last tweet was "Sunshin...more
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“Ari, maybe we should get you out of here. No joke. You really are dangerous with thus truth serum in you, You might sat something you wished you hadn't."
"Like that your mum scares me, but I think your dad is kind of cute in and old-guy sort of way?"
"Exactly like that."
"Eh. I'm not worried.”
“Kyra." Fred caught Kyra's eyes. "I'm not in love with Ariana and I don't want half the kingdom."
"You don't?"
He shook his head. "But I might stick around for a little while longer. There are some interesting things in the Kingdom of Mohr."
"Like what?"
"Like a certain funny and extremely talented potioner."
Kyra took a breath. "I have to warn you, Hal isn't that great as a boyfriend. He's pretty self absorbed.”
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