This is a book that I picked up on Amazon when they were doing their three for £10 offer. It seemed interesting to me, magic and princesses and such, and I needed a light read after the books I have just been reading (review still to be posted on that one!).
Let me show you the blurb from GoodReads;
‘When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.
Enter Samantha Kemi – an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime?
And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.
No big deal, then.’
The Potion Diary really did appeal to me, and I am glad that I put it in my basket to give it a chance. Amy Alward had a good plot and characters, I just wish there had been a little more detail in some aspects of the book. I would have liked out a little more about this history of Nova, I think that would have really crunched it for me. However, it was a good book.
While there are some reviews out there claim it is supposed to be a mash up of Hunger Games and Princess Diaries, I can see that it has its own spin and plot. I had read both of these collections and would not in any way say that this book is trying to be like them. This is NOT written in the style of a diary, such as the Princess Diaries is. We mainly see the world from Sam’s view but have the occasional glimpse at what is going on with Princess Evelyn. The word ‘diary’ is used for a reason, not because it is written in the format of one.
For me this was a lighthearted read, while there was plenty of action and adventure going on, it was an easy book to continue with. I managed to read it within a day, it is a book that is aimed at teens (some say ages 8+ while other say 12+). That doesn’t bother me, you’re only as old as you feel, right?
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am contemplating taking a look at the rest of this series (there are already 2 other books out and a fourth in the works). There is still so much that can be done with this world that Alward has created, and I can sense that it is slowly drawing me in…
Recommended for those who like to …‘mix one part magic, two parts dangers… and let the hunt begin’. That’s from the cover of the book, and that did kind of take me in as well. If you like a bit of magic, with all the adventure and a dash of romance then give this book a chance. The quest to save the princess may be over but I can feel something else is brewing…