Book Review: The Potion Diaries
I read the Love Potion Diaries by Amy Alward when I was on holiday with my mum in Italy; it was such an easy book to read. The plot was moving at a steady pace throughout and the characters are easily likeable, and there is no shortage of adventure and rivalry.
The Potion Diaries
“When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls head over heels in love with her own reflection. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in the magical forest, and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.
Enter Samantha Kemi, an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam's family are alchemists in the kingdom. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of Zoro-Asta Megapharma company? And just how close is she willing to get with Zain Aster, her dashing enemy, in the meantime?"
I love the closeness and friendship this story has, working together to find these ingredients really highlights the values of close friendships; and how important it is to fix a friendship that is important to you.
Samantha is a lovable character with determination to succeed even when the possibility of gaining the ingredients seems to be running short.
The rivalry between Zain and Sam make it interesting and keeps the competitive spirit alive for the Wild Hunt that they are involved in. They eventually had to join up because two heads were obviously better than one when they were trying to figure out the ingredients to cure the love potion. They also started up a romance through that traumatic experience.
They went to many countries to gather these rare ingredients, missing death at every turn, which kept you hooked on the book and wanting to read more. Amy Alward was able to come up with some remarkable places, everywhere they went on the Wild Hunt was slightly different, allowing you to be consistently engaged in the story.
The book is written really well, I got so into it that it felt like I had actually fallen into the book, sounds like something from a Mary Poppins scene (remember when they jumped into that picture?) it was so detailed and I could imagine what the scenery looked like as well as the characters. I could’ve been best friends with Sam, how cool would it be to have a best friend that could make potions?
The only thing that I did not like was the fact that book 2 wasn’t out when I had finished reading the first one, but now it is, something to put on my Christmas list. I highly recommend this book. If I find this book easy to read and very entertaining- and managed to finish it in 3 days then anyone else who wants a light-hearted read would love this book.