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Royal Tour

(The Potion Diaries #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,216 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Stolen memories, a lost diary and a race against time...

Having saved Princess Evelyn (and become her new BFF) Sam must accompany Evelyn on a world tour, so she can keep the princess (and everyone around her) safe with a power-binding potion. But Sam also has another reason to scour the globe. Someone has tampered with her grandad's mind, and Sam is the only one who can unl
Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 11th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Children's UK
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Amy Alward This will have the same title. Out Oct 17! And Madly is being retitled as The Potion Diaries in the US and Canada in paperback. So those Madly hardbac…moreThis will have the same title. Out Oct 17! And Madly is being retitled as The Potion Diaries in the US and Canada in paperback. So those Madly hardbacks will be like special editions...!(less)
Colette Rimmer I wouldn't say there wasn't really any inappropriate things in it. I enjoyed the book a lot, I'm 13.
So id say it would be young adult, 12/13+ or somew…more
I wouldn't say there wasn't really any inappropriate things in it. I enjoyed the book a lot, I'm 13.
So id say it would be young adult, 12/13+ or somewhere around them ages(less)

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chloe ♡
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Woop! That was a fun read - but I didn't like it as much as the first book in the series? RTC, stay tuned :) ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As wonderfully whirlwind as the first, Royal Tour picks up shortly after we left off, but the problems are a mix of old and new. Evelyn's magic out of control, Sam's grandad in hospital and Emilia Thoth loose - it's mayhem!

I have no desire to spoil this wonderful second instalment in the Potion Diaries series, so I will say no more of the plot. I will however say that this book is gorgeously imagined, fun, bubbly and exciting. I love matter of fact and smart Sam, her loyal Zain and honourable lo
Jun 15, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Update: It finally came in the mail. 3 months later. And after release date. But I guess in this case better late than never.

Yippee I just won this in a goodreads giveaway. This was just the best news after having a tonsillectomy yesterday.
rachel ☾
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I wish I could say that this book was as good as The Potion Diaries but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I think the biggest problem I had with it was that the plot did not have a clear end goal. Well, not like the first book did. The whole desperation surrounding Sam’s need to find her great-grandmother’s potion diary was lost on me. I felt that it was a little over-exaggerated. I understand that she needed to save her grandfather and the diary held a possible solution but it was not ...more
I will admit that I didn't like this as much as I did the first book. I still like the main character. I was a little disappointed by some of the outcomes in the story. I'm hoping the next book will be better. However, I'm a little worried seeing how the author ended this book. ...more
Lilli Gilliam
Guys! I am finally finished! I was trudging through this book very slowly. Eighteen days! It took me eighteen days to finish this book!
I was lost, considering how I just read the second book, and have never laid my hands on the first book. The romance part of this book was great. Overall, the book was an interesting read, but I had no idea what I was reading, who these characters are, and what is going on.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not as fun as the first book, but it was still a fun reading. I like Samantha and Zain, they are so great together and their relationship is so healthy.
The book is really similar to the first book with a quest, travels ... but some new stuff get into this sequel and it's give me good feeling about book 3
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads, fantasy
I, for one, found the sequel better than the first book. Although there were a few parts that irked me, (like the goal of the plot being a bit blurry...), I did enjoy reading the way the characters developed, and the plot twists that happen definitely got me hooked.
And, of course, I can't forget the ending. I LOVE the ending, mostly because you think "Oh, everything's alright again!" and then you're like, "...Wait. THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN."
That's mostly what's got me itching for the third book
Faith Lund
Sep 09, 2015 marked it as to-read
Just finished the first book and I can't wait to see what happens next. So excited!! ...more
books are love
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun sweet book. Very imaginative.

The gang is back and now Sam is on tour with the princess and her boyfriend Zain. Her families shop is busy and everything seems to be good.

We have Sam being Sam in this book with some fun and quirkiness in her. Zain is sweet and just adorable. He doesn’t push or treat kami any way but with respect and support. They are too cute together.

Now the adventure is the Royal tour and what a tour this is. Sam is the one out of her element but also in danger an
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this as much as the first book in this series, but I am planning to read the the next book. I thought this story was slower than the previous one. There wasn't a lot of romance in this book, either. The new information involving her great-grandmother was interesting. The MC made some stupid decisions, which frustrated me. Fortunatly, that didn't happen often in this story, and things ended up on the right side in the end. The potions and the mythical creatures were interesting, tho ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperbacks, english
Just as fun as the first book! Love Zain & Sam. Also like Evie, Molly, Kristy, Grandad and Anita and Arjun. Something is wrong with Prince Stefan. Yes he is a bad guy. But I think he has a good heart underneath all that evil. Love that she found her great grandmother's potion diary and that granddad is oke. On to the next part. ...more
It distracted me while I had a stomach ache, which was all I asked of it, but which also means I really didn't focus well enough to keep track of emotional beats.

I'm interested in the next book, where that charming villain is destroyed. Right? Right? That— *stomps off muttering curses*
why do i have a feeling that zain is based off zayn malik
Zoë ☆
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
*4.5 stars!
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it all the way through but just when you think it is ending all fine, it gets you on the last line! Must read 3rd book asap!!!
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Potion Diaries series is a good and interesting way of viewing magic and there is great adventure story line that keeps the book going.
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read and reviewed the first book in this series earlier this summer. Royal Tour, the sequel, actually isn't available in the United States yet, but if you are impatient like me it can be ordered via amazon UK.

This book had a lot of the same bubbly energy as the first. The plot was fun, and we got to see more of the world that Alward has created. I do wish we could see even more of it, because I'm a nut for cool worldbuilding, but I'll be content with the knowledge that this is a series so we w
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT! It was even better than the first one, the Potion Diaries! I became really good friends with Sam and adored Princess Evelyn! What I admired most about this book--and the series overall--is the unique world Amy Alward has built, her ability to write about magic in a modern day society as if it's something normal, as if it's actually real. And I could never predict what was going to happen next, once adventure and one trouble after the other, on every chapter. I was holding my breath the ...more
gemma jane
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm obsessed with this series!
There's something so fun about combining magic with the modern world and I'm so excited for the 3rd! I'm almost mad that I have to wait so long.
I felt this book got a bit more intense and darker than the previous and the characters got a little bit deeper which I loved, it's a nice natural progression and I hope the next couple of books follow in this way.
It's definitely better than I expected!
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book! I don't think I liked it as much as the first one, but I did really like the ending- a couple of surprise things happened. I am looking forward to the next instalment in this series! ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are a few ingredients that never really fail to make me happy (unless it's really badly done, which is an impressive talent): Princes and Princesses, magic, a little bit of romance and a fierce but very realistic heroine. Add a little mystery, a lot of awesome mythological creatures and some excitement and voila, that's the recipe of the Royal Tour.

The Royal Tour plot wise follows the steps of the Potion Diaries. At the beginning of the story we're confronted with a magical treat and Sam a
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of Royal Tour by Amy Alward through Goodreads and was pretty excited. While I hadn't read the first book in the Potion Diaries series, I'm usually game for books about magic, the supernatural, and mystical creatures; Royal Tour had all three!
In Royal Tour the natural alchemist, Sam, is still assisting Princess Evelyn with getting her magical powers under control but these efforts are hampered by Sam's need to go on a quest to find her Grandmother's lost potion dairy, which is necess
Anthony Cheng
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
⭐️ 2.5/5 STARS ⭐️

I don't think it's possible to concisely summarise this book in one or two sentences, which presents the main issue of this instalment. Despite neatly following on from the events of its predecessor, too many ideas are introduced. Consequently, the intent becomes unclear and several plot lines are set up for future sequels, meaning that the book serves as a filler rather than standing on its own feet.

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Stacey Browne
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this stronger than the first book - still bright and fun, but slightly less ridiculous.

Emilia is still a little 2-D as a villain, but I liked her arc in this book. And I love Sam’s dedication to her friends and family.

I really like the world building, and the way the alchemists and normals and talenteds interact. And the way the traditional alchemists interact with the synths. I think that’s a really interesting culture and I want to see more of it.

I also enjoyed getting to see non hu
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites, fantasy
Sam, Zain and princess Evelyn are back in this crazy sequel!
Someone has attacked Sam's grandfather and now Sam had to go on her own hunt to save him. And beside that she also has other problems to deal with.
Luckily she can always count on her friends.

Alward did it again- and better! This book was amazing! It was exciting, adventurous and shocking. The plot was well thought-out and just- ARGH! IT WAS GREAT!

I love that this book shows that heroes aren't perfect. They make long-lasting mistakes too
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam is getting ready to go on the royal tour with Princess Evelyn and Zain...for a long time. Like nothing really happens for a good chunk of the book, and if you haven't read book one, a lot of it is kind of hazy about what is going on and why we should be worried about the villain (I've already forgotten her name) and but not Sam, the alchemist's assistant, and her family who make and sell potions without long extensive testing to actually see how they work on humans, despite a complete lack o ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to dive back into this world and cannot wait to see what happens in the next instalment which is on pre-order.

I know I'm not supposed to like Emilia Thoth as she'd, you know, 'the bad guy', but she is awesome as a character. I mean I love Evelyn, Sam, Molly and Zain but Emilia showed what it's like to be stuck in a position you don't really want to be in.

Royal Tour did not suffer from what has been coined as 'second book syndrome' and it was as equally enjoyable and thrilling
Laura Mauro
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved returning to this world. I really loved the adventure and the quest of this novel. I just really liked how this book not only expanded the world but also the many mysteries and quests that occur. I really grew to love Sam in this novel. I really loved the world building on this book a lot. I was easily to fly through this novel. I thought the pacing was bit choppy at points and just wanted more of the side characters like kristy and her best friend to be featured a tad more. But i ...more
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Amy McCulloch (also known as Amy Alward) is a Chinese-White author, born in the UK, raised in Ottawa, Canada, now based in London, UK. She has written seven novels for children and young adults, and been published in over ten different languages.

Before becoming a full-time writer, she was editorial director for Penguin Random House Children’s Books. In 2013, she was named one of The Bookseller‘s R

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