A Novel by Amy Alward

Description: Samantha may be falling for the beloved of the princess she is sent to save in this start to a hilarious, adventurous, and sweetly romantic trilogy. When Samantha is summoned to the royal court of Nova for a secret mission, it’s her chance to put her training to the test: Princess Evelyn has taken an illegal love potion with disastrous effects, and Samantha, like her ancestors before her, is great at mixing potions. She may not be one of the naturally Talented—those who can heal or transform at the wave of their hands—but she is skilled nonetheless, and determined to find an antidote and cure Princess Evelyn. The problem? Princess Evelyn took the love potion to make her best friend Zain fall for her—and it’s Zain who Samantha keeps encountering on her hunt for antidote ingredients. As forbidden sparks between them fly, Samantha is forced to wonder: will curing Princess Evelyn doom her own chance at love?

Well, that was a cute-ish book, it has no mystery to it, I knew exactly what was going to happen by 15 pages in! It was so very predictable and made for good mindless reading. However if you want a story with a more intriguing plot line,m this isn’t the one for you. I’ve always felt weird about books that mix modern stuff with the feeling of being very old timey. Mixing the Alchemy shops with inventories and stuff with magic and high tech computers, very odd. It was a decent story with an okay plot, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters. Nothing really jumped off the pages and attached me to them, the main chick was whiny and annoying at times and I really hated how whenever she heard about a possible ingredient she would list off all the things this ingredient helped with in her mind (especially when you’re in her mind and have a few paragraphs explaining a root). It was a bit obsessive and repetitive. It was a good in-between series book, or a fine beach read. But as a novel to pick up and read for stimulating content, this wouldn’t be the one.

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