‘It’s perfect for a sunny weekend in the garden’. MP!er Dani reviews Amy Alward’s ‘The Potion Diaries’.

‘The Potion Diaries’ is a fun read packed with magic and wonder. After the princess of Nova poisons herself with her own love potion, the nation is whipped into a frenzy searching for the cure – and talented alchemist Samantha Kemi might just be the girl to find it.

MP!er Dani applied to grab a free copy of ‘The Potion Diaries’ through our Book Club and huzzah! She got one to review.

DaniName: Dani Werner
Age: 24

Had you heard of ‘The Potion Diaries’ before seeing it on Maximum Pop? If so, where did you find out about it?
I heard about The Potion Diaries for the first time when the Young Adult Literature Convention authors were announced. I then saw it popping up frequently on Twitter, and it sounded like so much fun! (And yes, I got my copy signed!)

Favourite thing about the cover?
The cover is seriously cute. The colours really pop, but what I love most is the shiny little crown. :)

Potion DiariesIf you could have any of the potions used in the book, which would it be and why?
I would love to have the potion for intense focus. That would have been so, so useful at school, but I could also put it to good use now at work.

What did you think of the blend between fairy tale magic and the modern day?
I think this was one of my favourite things about the book. In a way, it made the magic more real, since it was coexisting alongside things we use every day. I also like the use of social media, which made it so much more relatable. (‘Why did he unfriend me?!’ – We’ve all been there…)

Got any favourite characters? Like hot love interests or talented alchemists? 
I liked Zain on the mountain in the tent, when he shows who he really is. I wanted him to stay open like that! And Kirsty was really cool, too, with her independent, adventurous ways. I imagined her as a female Indiana Jones. Finally, I loved Evie’s chapters, where she truly believes that Lyn is another person and talks about her as such.

Would you recommend ‘The Potion Diaries’ to friends?
I would! It was a fun read that I would recommend to anyone who wants a bit of magic without the heaviness of some fantasies. I think it’s perfect for a sunny weekend in the garden or, if you’re lucky enough, some magic for the beach!

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