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3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,986 Ratings  ·  1,217 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 . . .
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
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Sara There is no sex in this book. There is a river seen where she strips down to her underwear which is described as basically old fashioned type frilly…moreThere is no sex in this book. There is a river seen where she strips down to her underwear which is described as basically old fashioned type frilly shift. Of course she encounters a boy about her age who rescues her after she falls in and he teases her about appreciating what he sees. About pages 44-50. She's appropriately embarrassed and he doesn't keep looking her up and down he turns his eyes straight ahead. It does say that she is very physically aware of him and she pulls away as he is carrying her to the shore because she falls in. I think you could edit it. (less)
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Dec 08, 2015 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-read-released
The princess had to die. It was either her or the rest of the kingdom.
That's great, but why? This book had two major problems: it was a rambling mess, and it had huge, gaping plot holes. Half the times I wasn't sure what's going on, and the other half of the time, and for the majority of the book, I was asking myself: Why the fuck did Kyra have to kill the princess?

First off, I know the author died of cancer. It is a horrible, horrible way to die. I am sorry for her loss, I am sure she was a
Apr 28, 2013 Mags~CVAddikt~ marked it as up-next-no-hurry
Where have I seen this cover before?...

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

Feb 18, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 22, 2013 Amber Argyle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Cute, superficial YA fantasy about Kyra, a 16 year old "potions master" (she seems a little young for master status, but whatever) who's on the run for trying to kill the princess and heir to the throne, for reasons that the author coyly hides from the reader for about half the book. While Kyra's evading arrest, she's also trying to find the princess again so she can do a better job of killing her this time--even though said princess is her best friend. And there's a gorgeous (of course) ex-boyf ...more
Lola  Reviewer
May 07, 2014 Lola Reviewer rated it did not like it
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
Nov 16, 2014 Tabatha marked it as to-read
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* 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
Experiment BL626
Apr 22, 2013 Experiment BL626 rated it really liked it
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
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
I don't have much to say about this book, so... let's get on to it.

This book was incredibly confusing, i never knew what she was talking (ermm, thinking) about, much like my own brain. The story started at a really strange part, and we didn't know what was going on because she didn't have much of a back story until the end. And when we finally reached the end, we were in for a surprise.

I feel like the book was too short for what was going on. Everything was very fast paced, and we didn't get muc
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon
This book is just adorable.

It's fluffy and funny with just the right amount of sass and action.
Christina (Reading Extensively)
Mar 13, 2013 Christina (Reading Extensively) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, read2013
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
Apr 09, 2013 Hallie added it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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
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!
Emma Michaels
Mar 14, 2013 Emma Michaels rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 18, 2013 Jon rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic, fairy-tales
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
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:
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
Kira Simion
Nov 08, 2015 Kira Simion rated it it was amazing

1 for the characters. Has a strong female and a funny male.

1 star for back stories. I really liked reading about the MC's back story. She was a tyro poison maker and now she's more of an expert.

1 star for plot. It was well structured and kept me entertained.

1 star for originality. I liked the kingdoms and the quest to do good. Action is a great storyteller. Just add action!

.5 of a star for the world building. Wish there had been a little more about the kingdoms and the world of poisons and et
Inspired Kathy
Jan 02, 2013 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Feb 07, 2013 Lili rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 20, 2013 Summer rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
......does anybody else think that this cover looks suspiciously similar to Snow White and the Huntsman's book cover?
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
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
Eustacia Tan
Dec 10, 2012 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
Apr 14, 2013 TheBookSmugglers rated it liked it
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
May 26, 2014 Tanecia rated it really liked it
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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
Dec 18, 2012 Karyn rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
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
Jessica Trujillo
Mar 13, 2013 Jessica Trujillo rated it it was ok
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
Dec 27, 2014 Leahxx rated it really liked it
This book was so cute! It was so much better than I was expecting. It was pretty exciting with lots of bumps and thrills. And the characters were great too. Witty and dangerous and adventurous. It was a pretty cool book!
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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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