Over the past few months I’ve had some blog opportunities out of the ordinary to what I normally talk about on my blog and one of the most exciting for me has been this one. Reading books is something I love doing, but rarely find the ability to make time for it in my routine – normally on a beach holiday I can read a book a day but find it hard to prioritise in the comfort of my own home. But when the opportunity came to review The Potion Diaries and it’s unreleased sequel I jumped at the chance.
I’m a massive fan of YA fiction, although I know I’m starting to edge out of it’s target market – but I find something really engaging about the easy reading style of Young Adult fiction and normally everything ends with a happy ending.
The book series is written by Amy Alward, a Canadian author living in London – a name you may recognise as she’s the editor of the Girl Online Books by Zoella, and works at Penguin as an editor too.
The first Potion Diaries focuses on Samantha Kemi – or Sam as she’s more often referred to – a teenager who is the latest in her family to begin taking the reins of her families once thriving potion store. After Princess Evelyn falls deeply in love with herself after accidentally poisoning herself with a love potion, Sam is called to a Wilde Hunt, where all the best potion makers in their kingdom, Nova are called to figure out the cure and source it’s ingredients from across the globe. With a big prize at stake and hope of returning the Kemi’s potion store to it’s former glory, Sam is desperate to win the prize.
Sam’s inexperience leads her down paths to adventure and disaster, with distractions along the way from the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor Zain, who is competing against her to create the cure. This book took me by surprise, it was deeper than I was expecting it to be and found the mix of talks about potions and magic with talks of apps and wifi intriguing and quirky. It turned out not to be the easiest read as it had more depth than I was expecting and it probably all in all took me roughly a week to finish it up. I loved having an hour at a time to sit and fully emerse myself in their world.
From finishing the first book I jumped straight into the second, now unfortunately I haven’t got around to finishing this up yet due to it arriving whilst I was on holiday last week. But as I finished turning the last page of the first book, I jumped into turning the pages in the second so I’ll keep you updated on it once I’ve finished it. I don’t want to give too much away incase I’ve hooked you on the first book and you now want to give you a chance to read – but Sam joins Princess Evelyn on a worldwide royal tour after the finishing of the. The Potion Diaries: Royal Tour is out tomorrow 11th August in WH Smith (available to order here). You can view the trailer for the second book below.
You can win your very own copies of the books kindly provided by Simon and Schuster & their PR team, to be in with the chance of winning all you have to do is be following my blog on WordPress or Bloglovin, and leave me a comment below letting me know what your favourite book is to be in with the chance to win. Alternatively you can Follow me on twitter and RT this tweet to win, doing both will gain you two entries!
Unfortunately this giveaway is UK only (sorry international readers!) and will run for one week 17th august at midnight BST, a winner will be drawn at random – please leave your contact details so I can drop you a message if it’s not obvious! Good Luck!