Review for ‘Madly (Potion #1)’ by Amy Alward
Release Date: 9/29/2015
Synopsis: “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 Review: Alright, I had been waiting for this book to release for two whole (excruciating) months before I finally grabbed myself a copy. I had previously read the synopsis and was instantly pulled into the promise of magic, adventure, and the possibility of a little romance. Can I just say that it did not disappoint? 🙂 Once I started this one, I couldn’t put it back down until I had devoured the whole thing (I mean, figuratively, obvs. I’m a hungry girl but not that hungry). The main character, Sam, is a ‘lowly’ alchemist’s apprentice in a world full of magically gifted people who have long since given up natural potions for cheaper, more synthetic versions. Since Sam comes from a long line of proud and talented potion makers, her dream is to keep her family’s business alive. Well, tada! She gets the chance when a Princess looking to escape the pressures of choosing a Prince to marry accidentally poisons herself with an ancient love potion. Sam takes a risk and embarks on an adventurous journey to find rare ingredients to mix the perfect remedy for the Princess, but she has to defeat many obstacles along the way. I loved Sam from the very beginning. Her character was written in such a way that yes, she was a normal teenager complete with typical teenage angst, but she was also so much more in that she came off as kind and intelligent from the very start. She has very sweet relationships with all of the supporting characters, some of my favorites being her grumpy alchemist grandfather and her gentle best friend. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this story was that there are stressful moments of peril where as readers we aren’t sure if and how Sam will pull through, but there wasn’t a theme of betrayal or backstabbing that is often seen in YA books. Don’t get me wrong, there is a malicious villain and some other shady characters, but I was glad to see that, for the most part, Sam and her circle of family and friends stuck together. The hunt for the potion ingredients is exciting and allows the readers to come across magical creatures and exotic locations. I also don’t want to forget to mention that there is a touch of romance (nothing too suffocating for those of you who aren’t fans of heavy romance) that had just the right amount of cuteness. I don’t want to post spoilers in that regard, but I will tell you I was happy with the ending of this book. I hope that this author gives us more from Sam’s magical world.
The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: A good old fashioned scavenger hunt, magical adventures, and a hint of romance.
Don’t read this if you can’t stand: Fantasy, only a small amount of romance, or worlds where people are separated by different classes.
The Rating: A charming 4 out of 5 stars because Sam was a solid lead character who made me want to put on some boots and go potion hunting. Also, because everything is better with magic 😉
My Spoiler for This Book: Coming Soon.
Author’s Goodreads Page: Amy Alward Goodreads