March 18, 2013

Blog Tour: Poison by Bridget Zinn – Review and our “Firsts” #POISON

Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Poison by Bridget Zinn!

Sadly, Bridget Zinn passed away in May 2011 at the young age of 33, due to Cancer.
A group of fantastic people have come together and
organized this truly amazing tour in her honor.

The intent of this tour is to get the word out about this amazing book and
an amazing author that was taken much too soon.

Assist us by letting the world know about Bridget’s debut novel, Poison!

Purchase a copy, spread the love by using the #POISON, and make this tour awesome!

After our review, you can check out what our most memorable “First” is…!



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 . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

add to goodreadsPoison by Bridget Zinn
Publication Date:  March 12, 2013
Publisher:  Disney Hyperion

Available for Purchase:
Chapter-Indigo | amazon | B&N | TBD | indiebound

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions *

Gabby NewIf there are two things that create and awesome storyline it’s fantasy and a badass heroine. Luckily for all of us, the novel Poison by author Bridget Zinn is set in a fantasy kingdom and has Kyra a witty, intelligent and deadly main character who can give any guy a run for his money. Right from the start I was in love with Poison and found myself getting lost in the plot.

Poison follows the life of main character Kyra the potions master and an almost-assassin who tried to kill the princess of her kingdom. The same princess who was also Kyra’s best friend. After throwing a poison dart at the princess Kyra misses her target for the first time ever and is on the run from soldiers and her ex-fiancée. Kyra won’t make the same mistake again. Kyra must kill princess Ariana before Ariana gets married and poisons the land and ruins the lives of everybody in the kingdom. Going to the King of Criminals for help, Kyra sets off on her journey with a magical pig named Rosie and meets a handsome young man named Fred (after he saves her life and her pig). However as Kyra grows closer and closer to her shot at killing the princess again, she comes across a discovery that changes everything she ever believed about her mission and learns that something twisted is living in the castle under the guise of Ariana.

The novel has a really strong start, I’ve never read any stories where the main character just tried to kill her best friend. Mostly in YA best friends don’t kill best friends, so it was nice for the change of relationships. At first I was a bit confused though because of the fact that it made no sense for her to randomly just kill the princess. It took a few chapters, but finally the novel explained that Kyra has to kill Ariana because if she doesn’t Ariana will destroy the kingdom and cause everything living to go straight to oblivion. Right from the opening chapter I did get the feeling of danger being at every corner and how Kyra is constantly on high alert for somebody who might recognize her, I loved all that suspense and it just kept on building and building.

Kyra also has three companions who help her out during her adventure. These three companions are:  Rosie the pig, Fred and Ariana herself. I won’t say anything else about Ariana because spoilers, but I will talk about Rosie and Fred. First of all, I found Rosie absolutely adorable. I mean come on (“Awww!”), a little pig? How cute. Sure I thought it was a little silly that a badass main character would have a pig helping her track the princess but I loved the irony and the pet-like way that Kyra would treat Rosie. As for Fred, I was absolutely falling in love with him. He made my heart melt and he had me going through heartbreak with Kyra. The romance in this novel is the type that left me feeling all gushy and slowly falling with Kyra. The writing definitely toyed with my emotions and had me screaming at Fred to just fall in love with Kyra already and save her from thinking that he didn’t feel anything for her.

I liked all of the plot twists in Poison, even if some of them just came out of nowhere and left my head spinning. I liked never really knowing anything about the novel and all the surprises that came with reading. I just think that it’s such a shame that the author passed away so soon when Poison has some plot holes that I wish I could find more information about, there is so much room for a potential sequel. Nonetheless as a stand-alone novel I really enjoyed Poison. I’d recommend Poison to fans of the Gypsy King, Throne of Glass and readers who love the fantasy genre and want to get lost in a whole other world.

About the Author:


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 “Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect.”

Bridget wanted to make people laugh and hoped readers would enjoy spending time with the characters she created. As a librarian/writer she loved books with strong young women with aspirations. She also felt teens needed more humorous reads. She really wanted to write a book with pockets of warmth and happiness and hoped that her readers’ copies would show the watermarks of many bath time reads.



The First Book That Made Us Love To Read





Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.





It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.

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E.M. Kokie
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Julie “Manga Maniac Cafe”
Abby Niles
Pam “Bookalicious” van Hylckama
Jennifer McAndrews “Honestly YA”
Kate Treadway “Verb Vixen”
Martha Brockenbrough
Cameron Y. – What the Cat Read
Bobbie Gould
Molly “Wrapped Up in Books”
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Ashley Walsh “The Quiet Concert”
Jennifer Rummel “YA Book Nerd”
Tammy Hall
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Melissa Simmons
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Kate Bourne “The Book Monsters”
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  1. kimbacaffeinate

    Wonderful review, I love the sound of the world and the protagonist. So sad to see an author taken from us so early, especially since this book is getting rave reviews.

  2. I’ve heard great things about this book before, but your review really has me wanting to read it now. The characters sound awesome and lovable. Thanks for the review and for participating in this wonderful tour!

  3. Great review. I am glad you enjoy this one. It was a fantastic book.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  4. Candace

    I really loved this one too. I attended the release event a few days ago where a ton of authors gathered to sign her book. They also read three sections of it and it was just a wonderful celebration that would have made Bridget very happy. It’s so sad that she’s not here to see the joy her book has brought to many lives.

  5. Barrett Dowell

    Thank you both for sharing two books that made an impact on you. Bridget was a book lover and a ya librarian. She loved Twilight and A Wrinkle in Time. I think one of the books that made huge impact on her was the first Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries. She loved funny books so much. Thank you for helping POISON reach new readers. Your help means so much to me and Bridget’s friends and family.
    Best wishes,
    Barrett Dowell
    (Bridget’s husband)

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