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 likable. Here is a sneaky peak at the blurb:

“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 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 ZoroAsta 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. They went to many countries to gather these rare ingredients, missing death at every turn, which kept you hocked on the book and wanting to read more.

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!

Have you read this book yet?