Title: The Potion Diaries (American title – Madly)
Author: Amy Alward
Pub Date: July 2nd, 2015
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
This is a really strange book. It combines the modern world of technology, megacorporations social media, with magic, fantastical creatures and alchemy. But it’s strangely satisfying and interesting. It’s adventurous, it has a bit of romance that is a bit out-of-nowhere, but still – it’s all fun.
If I was in more of a critical mood, I would probably dislike the book. But how the quote on my blog says – part of what makes the book ‘good’ is that we are reading it at the right moment for us. And it was the right moment for me to read this book because I wanted something silly, something easy and fun. And this book is just that. It takes us on an adventure to find the right ingredients to make a potion that will heal the princess from her self-love. The princess by mistake drank love potion she made for her friend to fall in love with her. The first thing she saw after she drank the potion was her reflection, and bam – she’s madly in love with her reflection. All the best alchemist to the palace and a Wilde Hunt begins to find the cure. Sam is representing a family of a long history, famous because of their potion making skills. But she has to compete with a megacorporation that overtook the potion making world – now everything is made from synthetic ingredients, something her family never did and never will do.
Sam has to go through a lot of pain and struggle, she has to fight magical animals and evil sister of the king to find all the ingredients, to figure out the right recipe for the cure. She has to leave her comfort zone and discover what she is capable of. If you need to take you head of something, read this book. Will I read next book in the series? Probably not… unless they will appear on Riveted (this is where I read this book) and I’ll have a chance to read them for free – then maybe.