Going Viral | 4 star review
Series: Potion #3
Also in this series: The Potion Diaries
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Having managed to find her great-grandmother's potion diary, escape Emilia Thoth, save her grandfather's memories AND become a Master Alchemist, surely it's time for Sam to have a good, long rest? And maybe, just maybe, a date with her boyfriend Zain?
But now that Evelyn is married and showing symptoms of the Gergon illness, it looks as though Sam's adventures are just beginning...
Going Viral is the final book in what was a really fun series. I think these books all the way through have been super fun reads and books I have really enjoyed picking up and racing through. There isn’t any real grittiness to these books which is what you need sometimes. Too much of something is a bad thing!
I did miss trips into the wild, if this book was lacking anything it would have been more time exploring the world, those were my favourite parts of the first and second books. This is what this book is missing, I just wanted to read more about the different mythologies.
I suppose the story of the Phoenix and the volcano was interesting and I loved how much clarity Sam had in this bookand how she ended up coming to her own solutions and thought processes. The Phoenix and the flame were really well put together and the explanation was so well formed it was a wonderful addition to the story.
The secondary dream world was really well done and the threat definitely was so developed it felt real and actually scary. Plus the dream monsters that were trying to take over added some spice to the story and we learnt a lot about the characters and their fears.
I think the highlight of the story was Sam and Zain’s relationship and how it all ended up. It definitely went against the grain which is something I really appreciated, especially in YA novel. It showed the reality that is facing young people and offers up a solution!
I think my favourite character in Going Viral would definitely have to be Sam, she gained so much insight in the story. She grew into herself and became a so aware of her own wants and desires as a human being, without being tied to the expectations and what everyone else thought she should do. It was a big change from the first book.
My least favourite character in Going Viral is yet again Kirsty, I know she is Sam’s best friend but there was something about her that didn’t sit well with me. She constantly pushed the boundaries and caused me to question her motives, nothing seemed to be straightforward with her and it bothered me.
I would definitely recommend Going Viral and the rest of The Potion Diaries books. Overall they are fun reads with just the right amount of grittiness to them! I love the characters and the world they lived in!
Have you read any lighter fantasy? Let me know in the comments!