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.
I give The Potion Diaries a strong 3.5 stars. I like the mish mash of modern tech with fantasy elements – it won’t work for everyone but it is nice to see something a bit different. And again, like a lot of my recent reads, I liked the quest element!
The plot is a little silly, but in a light hearted and fun way. Yes the princess falls in love with herself, and it’s ridiculous. It’s supposed to be. The bit about it making her dangerous felt a little light though. And Emilia felt a little 2-D as a villain. I guess the book needed one but I’m not certain. I preferred the competition elements for sure.
But I liked the Kemi family, and Sam’s determination and her being smart enough to trust her instincts.
Overall a fun and easy read and a little different. Worth a shot.