When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crust, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to fine the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundra, 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 mega-pharma 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 book was interesting and definitely held my attention all the way through. The language used was appropriate for the intended audience and the characters were well defined and developed upon throughout the novel.
I did think though that the Princess was too full of herself whom, I suppose, some princesses are. She rightfully got her comeuppance when her plans went array. This in itself caused the remainder of the story to happen. And what an action filled story it was.
A fantasy romp set in the modern day when magic is still prevalent but instead of using natural ingredients they have become reliant on synthetics. However, for this particular incident natural ingredients are needed. So the 'hunt' is on.
There are a number of teams, one featuring the main character Samantha Kemi who has an innate natural ability to mix potions. Against her families wishes she joins the hunt for those elusive ingredients. Not only do they have to face the 'Wilds' but there is someone out there with nefarious intentions and soon the teams are reduced to two.
Samantha comes from a long line of potions masters and had a unique gift. She is talented yet modest, brave and resourceful. She wants to win to restore her family name. On the quest she learns more about her abilities and talents.
Then there is Zain for whom the original potion was intended. He is handsome with typical dark hair and blue eyes. He is also Samantha's opposition. there is the usual teenage angst and love interest between Zain and Samantha.
This boo has it all, humour, unrequited love, a race for a cure, a teenage love story and its associated misunderstanding and angst; it even has a potential happy ever after. This reader in particular would be extremely interested to see how this story pans out.
Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
I rated this 4 stars on Netgalley and 'I really liked it' on Goodreads (4 stars).