Books are the reason I absolutely love being signed up to tours and sites which offer free books in exchange for reviews. So before you read this, you must know I applied to review this book, in exchange for a free copy, on Bloggers Required. Not one did I get this book but I got the first one as well which I thought was above and beyond what I expected.
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 unlock his memories to save him and the family business. And that's not all that's at stake. The stolen memories contain the recipe to a potion which many would kill to get hold of. With the post powerful people in the world desperate for the recipe, Sam must save her grandad in order to save everyone else...
I decided to read this book on the way to a wedding which was two hours away. I finished it with time to spare. The fact that it's endorsed by Zoe Sugg (or Zoella as you might know her) definitely caught my attention and as a big Zoella fan, I thought it must be a good read. Oh how right that was. The covers for both The Potion Diaries and The Potion Diaries: Royal Tour are both fantastic and blend a multitude of colours together, while also staying true to the stories.
The blurb from Goodreads (above) and the back cover copy, although slightly different, both create a sense of need in wanted to know what is happening within this new world that has been created. Overall I found this book to be a very enjoyable read, even for a 23 year old, it was full of action, emotions and great storytelling which is what I personally love in books.
A few things I have to note, NOT impressed that this book ended on a cliffhanger, even if it does leave the reader effortlessly wondering whats going to happen next year. I also loved it because although it was hinted at earlier in the book I genuinely didn't think Evie would go through with it.
Emilia was the perfect villain for this, pulling at the heartstrings to make Sam have to help. However, I am very glad her Grandad get saved and isn't left as a mindless nobody. I loved Sam and Zain in this book. Their relationship grew and I think although they get pulled different ways the ending of Sam finding Zain and making a HUGE decision for her and her family was perfect.
I would defintely recommend this to my friends and anyone who loves YA with a bit of magic because it's a wonderfully unique story and I quickly fell in love with the characters and story. Bring on 2017 for book three!
A major Marketing and Publicity campaign, including a magical trailer, targeted YouTube and Facebook advertising, teen partnerships and school and festival events, will ensure The Potion Diaries is on every teen’s lips this summer.
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Early praise for The Potion Diaries:
‘Inventive, romantic, and downright delightful, The Potion Diaries cast its spell on me from page one...Do not miss out on this book - you’re in for a real treat!’ Sarah J Maas, author of Throne of Glass
‘It’s so cool!’ Zoe Sugg aka Zoella
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amy Alward is a Canadian author living in Winchester, fitting her writing around her work as Editorial Director at a leading children’s publisher where she is also Zoella’s editor. In 2013, she was listed as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars. Her debut fantasy adventure novel, The Oathbreaker’s Shadow, was published in 2013 under the name Amy McCulloch and was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award for best UK debut children’s book in 2014.
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