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The Antidote

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  584 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Magic is not allowed, under any circumstances — even if it could save someone’s life. Instead, there are herbal remedies and traditional techniques that have been painstakingly recorded in lieu of using the mystical arts. Fee knows this, so she keeps her magic a secret.

Except her best friend, Xavi, is deathly ill. He’s also the crown prince. Saving him is important, not on
ebook, 368 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by HarperTeen
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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

“Keep your secret close, for your enemies are all around you…”

This wasn’t a bad book, nor was it offensive by any means, it was just way too over the top. I felt like I was reading a magical soap opera. And the twists and turns felt so forced and so unrewarding.

In this world, there are four kingdoms, but one of the kingdoms has been under quarantine for almost a decade. Ten years ago, a plague almost killed
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC received from Netgalley for a fair review

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After reading some lackluster reviews I wasn't expecting to like this book all that much. I read the blurb but nothing in it really stood out to me and grabbed me, making me want to read it. But that all changed when I started actually reading. I ended up really liking this book! I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it and looking forward to when
Ardent Reader
The story was not bad, but not very interesting either.
While reading the book I felt that some of the information is missing.
For example; the story didn't reveal about how the kingdom was before the plague.
Other than that, the kind of relationships that were defined in the book was somewhat confusing and felt like its being forced.
The first one third of the story was boring but thereafter, it became a little bit interesting.
Hope the others would enjoy much more than me.
Kayla Brunson
Thank you HarperTeen for providing me with a copy for an honest review.

Before I start my review, I just want to say that the cover for this book is absolutely stunning! I’m sitting at 3.5/4 star rating for this one and since my thoughts are all over the place, I was thinking of doing a bullet style review.

What I liked:
-This story was more focused on Fee’s journey of saving her realm and her best friend Xavi than romance.
-I adored the friendship between Fee and Xavi! It was refreshing to see a p
julianna ➹
self care is dnf'ing this book ...more
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This wasn’t a bad story. Actually, it was at times very interesting and action packed. However it was a slow moving story that has the makings of something great but needed more polishing.

Until about 30% I couldn’t read this more than thirty minutes at a time because I just found myself getting bored and distracted. It was a FEAT to push through to that point and once I had actually finished I felt relieved and
J.A. Ironside
ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

2 - 2.5 stars

To say that this wasn't for me would imply that I disliked it and it wouldn't be true exactly. There was nothing to dislike in this book and nothing really to like either. It was just a bit meh. My epic reading buddy, Melanie, phrased it best when she said it's like a magical soap opera with each twist becoming more and more ridiculous, and less and less engaging. Ultimately The Antidote is a bit of a mess but it's such a biz
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, arc
. : ☾⋆ — 4 ★


ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you HarperTeen and HarperCollins!!)

I’d like to preface this review by saying that I honestly was not expecting to like The Antidote AT ALL. don’t get me wrong, I’m super happy that I did like it, but after I got approved for an ARC, I happened to stumble upon a few underwhelming and lukewarm reviews for it and truthfully? I was kind of dreading h
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Isn’t that cover divine? I believe this is a stand alone from how everything wrapped up in the end. Very enjoyable book with great characters. Some bits were confusing but perhaps due to reading an e -arc.

Title: The Antidote
Series: Standalone
Author: Shelley Sackier
Release date: February 5, 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre:YA fantasy

Like a pernicious weed, they will pull you out by the roots and destroy you. Keep your secret close, for your enemies are all around you.”

The Antidote revolves around three central characters: Ophelia "Fee," Xavi, and Rye. The beginning of the story introduces you to them as children. The three of them are thick as thieves, and from an early age they knew they would be connec
Sophie Elaina
This book follows Fee, a girl with rather extraordinary talents in a world where possessing any form of magic is abhorrent. However the Crown Prince Xavi, who just so happens to be Fee's best friend is sick, and she may be the only one to help him. Dark pasts collide with the high stakes and deception of the present, and Fee is left to uncover the secrets of saving the kingdom.

'In the world of healers, there is no room for magic.'

I hyped this book up in my head and no part of it fit with what
May 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
someone had described this book as a soap opera and upon skimming it I realized it was a very apt description. The book thinks it’s a fantasy but in really it’s an underwhelming, convoluted mess.
Feb 01, 2019 marked it as will-not-finish
Shelves: arc-review
Gave up on this book 7% in.

I requested this book because I thought it would be a light and easy read, but in the (admittedly) few pages I've read, it quickly became very clear to me that the writing style and I won't fare well. The writing had a lot of unnecessary flourishes, and in addition to this, the beginning had a very melodramatic vibe that led to my loss of interest.

I know that 7% isn't enough for me to validly critique the story as a whole (which is why I won't be giving this book a rat
The Nerd Daily
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

I love stories that are bound in mysteries and a race against time to save the life of a dear friend. The Antidote by Shelley Sackier was a true delight to read from start to finish, and a true testament to the bonds of friendship and the power that healing can have on burdened hearts. It’s a story that offers vivid descriptions and teases the reader with just the right amount of information to turn the page and find out how the
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I was very curious to discover this novel, first of all because of its cover but also because of its synopsis! It must be said that it is quite difficult to resist a novel such as this one!

Fee, Xaxi and Rye spent their childhood together while being the best friends in the world. Xavi is destined to become king and Rye is destined to marry Fee, who is training to become a healer. But now, their lives are turned upside down overnight when an epidemic ravages t
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


The Antidote, by author Shelley Sackier, is a rarity in the young adult fantasy genre. It is a full developed story line with a beginning, a middle, and an ending that precludes the need for any sequel. This is a story about Ophelia, or Fee as her friends like to call her. Her friends meaning Prince Xavi of Fireli, and his brother Prince Rye. This is a story that is set in a land known as Aethusa. It is a land that is separate
♠ Tabi⁷ ♠
I sense a potential best-friends-to-more vibe and I am HERE FOR THAT OKAY
Becca ♥︎
First reviewed on PRETTY LITTLE MEMOIRS.

You know you're in for one heck of a story when there's magic, and that magic can't be used. So, in this case, it's totally forbidden in The Antidote. Instead of magic and all it entails, they use herbal remedies (I guess our version of behind the counter remedies and prescription things) and special ways they incorporate into their lives instead of using magic. Fee (or Ophelia, as she was born), our main character, is loyal to the system and keeps her own
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this book. The cover is absolutely beautiful and so I was instantly drawn to it. But I wasn't aware of the plot or themes before I read it.
This novel felt as though I was reading a book on fast-forward. The pace is incredibly fast at times, I would definitely have appreciated more detail and description at various points throughout the story. However it was a very enjoyable read, the plot was unique and there were many twists and turns that kept me inte
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4.25 Stars

After I read the synopsis, I was excited to read this book until I started reading some of the negative reviews.

It took me a few times passing it over until I took the plunge...and...I was really happy that I did.

I enjoyed the story and all of the characters...yes, it was a bit extreme in some spots and the author did try to overly validate the romance from the arranged marriages, but I just couldn't put this book down. Even to the point where I fell asleep on top of my reader.
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library
I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.You know what? This is bullshit.

I don't owe anyone anything.

I've just struggled through a different book that I could tell from the opening pages wasn't up to the standards I require in my fiction. I wasted six weeks on that book. I finished it. I was not impressed.

This time, instead of fo
Kathy Martin
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story was a complex fantasy with interesting characters. It begin with a prologue which sets the stage and has characters we don't see again until much farther into the book. The main story concerns a land suffering some sort of a plague that has killed many of the people including the king and queen, a land that has been decimated, and a missing jewel.

The main character in this story is a young girl named Ophelia - Fee to her friends. We meet her as a mischievous seven-year-old (?) who so
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so fun to read! For some reason the first chapter was confusing to me and I had to re read it.It kind of just throws you into the story and you are left wondering who all the characters are. Everything is easily explained though and you figure out everyone's place after that.
I really appreciate the thoughtfulness the author took in describing herbal Medicine making correctly and the use of the Latin Binomials are a treat! Anyone who likes witchy type stories or herbalism and heale
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I really loved the idea of this book. I had a few issues following the background and history of magic and the world in this story which threw me off a bit sometimes, but the characters and the romance was beautiful. I really recommend!
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I liked this book, but I did think that the romance was spread out unevenly but other than that this book was good!
Unfortunately The Antidote fell securely into the 'It was Okay but nothing great' category which I truly hate when reviewing ARCs.

There wasn't anything specific that really put me off this one, however there's a lot that could have been better, particularly the pacing. The writing lacked the flow that keeps me reading late into the night and I found it all too easy to put this one down.

The world building lacked strength and conviction and I wanted more suspense and spiralling tension in a plot
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I am the only one who had the feeling that I was missing half of the key informations. So much potential but everything seems flat or rush.
Aug 04, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 15%. Maybe I’ll come back to it but for now I’ve got about 100 other books that I want to read this year and I can’t keep forcing myself through this one.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it

I had the honor to meet Sackier at the Tucson Festival of Books where she got the opportunity to talk about this book. Her personality is energetic and fun, and she was super passionate about this book, so I decided to look into it. It’s possible I have heard about this book from instagram or somewhere else and decided not to read it because the plot didn’t seem that much intriguing. However, I decided to buy the book anyway at the Festival, and now I have a review about it. Here are a fe
Charis Rae
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc, read-in-2019

I received an ARC from the publisher. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

This book is one of the most anticipated releases of 2019, and I’m sooo lucky to be selected for the book tour and read an ARC. I honestly had no idea what to expect from this book. It looked amazing and THAT COVER??? Pure perfection.


THE CHARACTERS. They were such fluffy little cinnamon buns and I LOVED THEM SO MUCH. Fee definitely wasn’t the best protagonist ever, but I still found her sweet and relatabl
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Shelley Sackier grew up in a small farming community in Northern Wisconsin continually searching for ways to grow warm. Realizing she would never be able to enjoy ice cream like real people should, she left the state and lived the blissful life of a traveling musician. Discovering her stories needed more space than two verses a bridge and a chorus could provide, she began storytelling in earnest. ...more

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