The Potion Diaries | 5 star review
Series: Potion #1
Also in this series: Royal Tour
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Simon & Schuster UK
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.
The Potion Diaries was a reread and I’m so glad I spent the time going back because I had forgotten so many wonderful details about the world and the people that are in it. I definitely think that this book is a complete feel-good book, one that you can pick up and read in a matter of days and feel completely good about reading it. There are no lingering hard to deal with feelings, just all the warm fuzzies.
I think the best thing about The Potion Diaries has to be the integration between new and old. I loved the idea of synthetic overtaking something so traditional and ingrained in the society within a matter of years. It was something that really hit a cord with me, it made me think about what technology had managed to get rid off – how many things have been made obsolete.
The concept of the Wilde Hunt and the various settings was something I really loved, it was like seeing a snapshot of the different cultures all in a small snapshot of time and I loved the intensity it brought to the story and various settings. I enjoyed every moment of the Wilde Hunt and thought it was a different concept to such a staple when it comes to fantasy. Plus the use of social media and the way it was used throughout the story was extremely well done and something that brought a totally new angle to the fantasy genre – I have never read a book that uses it in this way!
My favourite character in The Potion Diaries would have to be Sam, I love her resilience and the fact that she is so loyal to her family and the potions that they create. I think the way she grows as a character and all the things she learns about not only herself but her family really shape her as a person and it really helps drive the story. Plus I love learning about people and where they come from and how they cope with the information.
My least favourite character in The Potion Diaries would have to be Kirsty. I still don’t know what it was that made me so against her character but she gave me the creeps all the way through. It felt like I was constantly waiting for the betrayal. I just didn’t like the way she interacted with the people in the world and I just thought she was the least likeable character in the entire book. It’s a shame because I love women in books who have their own mind, but she was lacking that friendliness that makes me fall in love with characters.
I would totally recommend The Potion Diaries to anyone who wants a quick feel-good read. This book doesn’t cover any deep feelings by any stretch of the imagination but it does offer something in the sense of an innocent quest filled with social media and family expectations.
Have you read any books where social media isn’t a huge part of the plot but rather integrated into the story subtly? Let me know in the comments! I would love some more recommendations!
Make sure you check out my crime fiction recommendation post to find out more about the genre.