The Potion Diaries

The Potion Diaries Samantha may be falling for the beloved of the princess she is sent to save in this start to a charming and humorous Kirkus Reviews romantic trilogy Inventive romantic and downright delightful Sarah

  • Title: The Potion Diaries
  • Author: Amy Alward
  • ISBN: 9781481443791
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • Samantha may be falling for the beloved of the princess she is sent to save in this start to a charming and humorous Kirkus Reviews romantic trilogy Inventive, romantic, and downright delightful Sarah J Mass, author of Throne of GlassWhen the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown over heels in love wiSamantha may be falling for the beloved of the princess she is sent to save in this start to a charming and humorous Kirkus Reviews romantic trilogy Inventive, romantic, and downright delightful Sarah J Mass, author of Throne of GlassWhen 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 And just how close is she willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing enemy, in the meantime.Just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media And the world news.No big deal, then.

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    1. You know that awkward moment when a book just DOESN'T work for you? I just had that moment. This book was soweird. It felt off the entire time and it took me some awkward squinting to try and figure out why. I mean BESIDES the horrific pitch of "The Hunger Games meets The Princess Diaries." Princess Diaries? Maybe, yes. (I've only seen the movie.) But The Hunger Games?! PLEASE STOP. This has absolutely zero similarities. Eghhhhh. It's about a poisoned princess and the alchemist societies having [...]

    2. “There are some things that are just as strong - no - stronger than love potions you know. Like real feelings.”i think if i have read this book say about 10 years ago i would have loved it, i feel like i may be a bit to old to have enjoyed this as much as what some other people would have, that’s not to say it’s a bad book because it isn’t, i just felt like i wasn’t the right age to have picked this up as i’ve read so many other young adult fantasy that are absolutely amazing and w [...]

    3. Fafa's Book Corner (Wordpress)Fafa's Book Corner (Blogger) DNF When I saw this book I was fairly excited to read it. I love the light and fluffy books and add in magic I was sold! Sometime before this book arrived from the library I had gone to check out the reviews. The first two that came up were not appealing reviews. I read both of them. I started having second thoughts. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this. But I decided to give this book the benefit of the doubt. After all books are sub [...]

    4. [See the full review at thoughts and afterthoughts.] Rating: 2.25/5Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:Ingredients:– Six cups of an adventure around the world similar to The Amazing Race (a quick read with good pacing)– Three vials of fantasy with a dash of modern flare (the world-building leans on contemporary technology, alchemy, magic, and fantastical beasts but is underdeveloped)– One special snowflake and one broody heir to a conglomerate (a romance of instalove)– A teas [...]

    5. Yet another book that was super close to 5 stars, but just not quite at that level.This was such a fun read!! It was set in modern times but with some fairytale aspects tossed in and it just made this whole world so enjoyable. Unicorns, abominables, mermaids, and potion making, doesn't get much better than that.I actually really enjoyed Sam as the main character. At a few points she irritated me, but that's completely normal with any character that doesn't react to something the way I would. I w [...]

    6. Esperaba algo más de esta novela. No es tan ni original ni tan "divertida" como auguraba la sinopsis (al menos para mí). Pero de todas formas ha sido una lectura entretenida, con aventuras y mucho ritmo. Me ha dado la sensación de que en general pretende un tono de humor que se queda en una narrativa bastante naif.

    7. Sam is an Ordinary Alchemist who lives with her parents, little sister and grandpa in their family's shop. She has the talent to mix potions but is not a Talented like her little sister. When the Princess of Nova ends up giving herself a love potion accidentally it's up to her and her family to save her. Her biggest competition is her hottie classmate Zain and his father's synth company. Will she get to prove her Ordinary skills are up to par or will she fail herself and her family?Set in modern [...]

    8. Reseña completa -> thewordsofbooks.eUn libro divertido, lleno de magia y aventuras donde nuestra protagonista con la ayuda de sus amigos deberá ir en busca de los ingredientes para crear una poción y así poder salvar a la princesa Evelyn.

    9. divabooknerd/2015/07/tThe Potion Diaries was a lovely mix of fantasy, adventure that reads more as a mature middle grade, than young adult series. It follows the story of Sam, apprentice alchemist who lives in the family owned potion store. The Hunt offers Sam a chance for the Kemi Potion Shop to be financially viable once more, provided she finds the cure first. A fantasy modern day setting, it was lighthearted and fun, but the characters seemed far younger than they claimed. The few chapters f [...]

    10. Find the original reviewhereat This is the Story of My(Reading) LifeNow here's the thing, Madly turned out to be a really good time. I'm really not sure what I was expecting. I just remember reading something about a kingdom and a love potion and thought to myself I should request this book from the publisher. And I'm really glad I did. Madly was the perfect read at the perfect time. I needed something quick and fun and it so happened that Madly checked those things off easily.Samantha's family [...]

    11. 4.25 stars. I really enjoyed this novel! It's a little more on the lighter side of fantasy, just so you know. Part adventure and part puzzle, it was fun to try and put things together right alongside Samantha. While I do feel like the characters could have done with a touch more development (and I still don't understand my attraction to Zain), overall, I thought this was a really fun read.

    12. This review appears on Happy Indulgence - Check it out for more reviews! Combining alchemy, magical creatures, adventure, royalty and a sprinkle of romance, The Potion Diaries was incredibly fun, fast paced and engaging. Samantha Kemi embarks on a quest to find the rare and mysterious parts of a love potion to save the nation’s Princess, which takes her to some dangerous and wonderful locations. She encounters an Abominable Snowman, an Aphrodite mermaid, exotic plants and even a unicorn, in he [...]

    13. I received a copy of The Potion Diaries from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward is a great fantasy story about a Princess who brews a love potion but accidentally falls in love with herself - which turns out to be a lot more dangerous than you would expect. So this big Hunt is organised where the leading potion makers sign up to compete to find the cure first. Samantha Kemi is her Master potion maker Granddad's apprentice and puts herself and [...]

    14. 3.5 Stars for a really cute story! I'd seen this under the US title, "Madly," but I didn't realize it was coming out here in the UK yesterday, so when I saw it in Waterstones this morning, I grabbed it immediately. Then I sat down inside the Waterstones and proceeded to read it all. In one sitting. It's so quick and cute, I just did not want to put it down. PROS-super awesome world. I liked how it was basically just the modern, everyday world, just laced with magic. There's still phones and emai [...]

    15. Нелепая случайность, и вместо того, чтобы влюбить в себя кавалера, принцесса Эвелин сама выпивает зелье и влюбляется в собственное отражение. Мрак и ужас, учитывая, что члены королевской семьи - сильнейшие маги, и потому сдерживают, не используют свои силы. А Эвелин создала [...]

    16. Reseña completa en el blog: librosdelcieloMe esperaba más, mucho más.El libro ha sido más juvenil/infantil de lo que esperaba y la idea "divertida y original" no lo ha sido tanto. La historia y personajes siguen el camino de los tópicos de los libros de aventuras juveniles/infantiles con el plus de las pociones. La verdad es que me ha decepcionado un poquito, es una historia ligera y entretenida pero no ha dejado ningún tipo de huella en mi y pienso que la idea se podría haber aprovechado [...]

    17. I really enjoyed this. It was fun and unique and incredibly readable. Absolutely loved the Princess Evelyn parts.

    18. 3.5/5Fantasy seems to be all the rage lately - it's the new dystopia. So there was no doubt that I was looking forward to reading Amy Alward's Madly. What drew me into the book, however, was the cover (obviously!), but also the synopsis. It sounded like it would be different from all the other YA fantasy books I've read because it seemed to be more on the funny side. Madly ended up being exactly that and it turned out to be a very entertaining read.The basis of the plot in Madly was pretty simpl [...]

    19. I've read my fair share of what I want to call "dark fantasy". You know the books set in realms where everything is kind of like the medieval ages? People travel by horse, everyone is a peasant or a farmer, the royalty is corrupt, assassins run rampant - if they aren't our protagonists - and there is a need for some sort of rebellion. Its fantastic but also kind of depressing. No one seems happy within those realms. The Potion Diaries, however, was fantastically light-hearted, almost whimsical, [...]

    20. Also reviewed on Sophie Reads YAI received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This is no way impacted in my view.Before looking at NetGalley, I hadn't heard much about this book, but both the cover and synopsis drew me in, and I had to request it ASAP. This book was really different to what I'd expected, but in a good way.The Potion Diaries (also published as Madly in America), recounts in dual POV the stories of Princess Evelyn and the alchemist apprentice Samantha Kemi as [...]

    21. Zu Beginn hatten ich und das Buch eine prima Chemie! Ich dachte: hier kann gar nichts mehr schiefgehen. Aber ich je weiter ich gelesen habe, umso absurder fand ich den Plot und diese blöde instant Liebesgeschichte hat allem noch eins oben drauf gesetzt. Aber zum Anfang: die Autorin hat hier eine sehr coole und absolut tolle Idee richtig gut umgesetzt. Es geht nämlich um eine Welt, in der Magie normal ist und die Protagonistin in dem Laden ihrer Familie arbeitet, welche als Alchemisten Zaubertr [...]

    22. Such a cute book!This is exactly what I need after reading something heavy. This was fun and cute and a fast read! I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series :)

    23. Excellente lecture que celle-ci.Le résumé m'a directement plu : l'histoire d'une princesse qui s'empoisonne avec un filtre d'amour destiné à son meilleur ami, pour le rendre amoureux d'elle. Un monde où la magie a une place importance, où The Hunt va être lancée pour permettre aux alchimistes du pays de trouver le remède qui sauvera la princesse.Samantha Kemi est l'apprentie alchimiste de son grand-père, issue d'une longue lignée d'alchimistes qui avaient autrefois les faveurs de la f [...]

    24. NO WAY IN HELL. SO BORING. NOT THE BOOK FOR ME.The Potion Diaries tells the story of Princess Evelyn who mistakenly poisoned herself with a love potion and fell in love with her reflection on the mirror.And until her it wasn't a bad plotBut then it starts the HUNGER GAMES OF BORINGNESS: the entire book is about the alchemists searching of the ingredients for the antidote. I mean THE ENTIRE BOOK! It was so boring for me The only character that I care about (a bit) was Zayn. But everything in this [...]

    25. All it took was reading Madly’s opening scene to become head-over-heels excited to read this novel. A story with magic, competition, and a love spell gone wrong? It sounded totally like my cup of tea. I can say that after having already finished this novel, Madly is the type of novel that many readers entering the realm of YA will absolutely adore. It’s a light-hearted, amusing read that kept me guessing until the very end.Set in a world where magic is a common part of modern life, protagoni [...]

    26. 4.5Decir que me ha gustado seria decir poco; el mundo que ha creado la autora es fascinante, un mundo nuevo donde la magia, las criaturas mitológicas y las nuevas tecnologías se suman en una novela que atrapa y engancha de una manera increíble. La acción es constante y la competición por conseguir los ingredientes para curar a la princesa me han mantenido en vilo.Un libro que recomiendo completamente, no tiene desperdicio. Pronto reseña completa en el blog.

    27. 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 [...]

    28. It's really not very often that I feel the urge to use the phrase "fluffy high fantasy book", but it's definitely one that I'm pulling out for The Potion Diaries. It reminds me a bit of a book named Poison by Bridget Zinn- it has that same "fun and light" sort of vibe that isn't often seen in high fantasy.I have a feeling that my expectations were slightly too high going into this book because of two reasons. The first is that Amy Alward is actually also known as Amy McCulloch, author of The Oat [...]

    29. Described as "The Hunger Games meets The Princess Diaries" if ever a tagline is going to make me want to read a book, that is it! And what an unusual book, 'The Potion Diaries' by Amy Alward turned out to be. Unusual in a good way but not at all what I was expecting. It leant much more heavily towards the fantasy genre but was unlike anything else I've read before. The book combines a modern setting with one where magic is still prevalent. This took a bit of getting used to because it's not ever [...]

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