The Potion Diaries

The Potion Diaries

Book - 2016
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Samantha's ability to mix potions is needed when her family is summoned to take part in an ancient quest to save Princess Evelyn from a potion gone awry, but will curing the princess doom Samantha's chance at love?
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781481443791
Branch Call Number: ALWARD
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Madly

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KayLeeBee
Aug 13, 2018

This is such a special book, and great start to a new series.
The concept of ancient alchemists with their herbs and spices in the modern day, 21st century. Mixed with magic and technology. The Author has created a beautiful world within this storyline, and concepts of alchemists, magic, and every day living is brilliant!
It's a short adventure book - no deep plots and whirlwind adventures that makes you forget what was written at the beginning of the book. The story still has a great pace that keeps you interested in turning the next page.
Overall, I enjoyed this read, and really looking forward to the next book of this adventure with Sam Kemi!

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KayLeeBee
Aug 13, 2018

KayLeeBee thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 25

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KayLeeBee
Aug 13, 2018

The book follows one Samantha Kemi. The Kemi's are well known for their traditional alchemy skills - more so, the Kemi gift of making great potions. And Sam is no different, following her families occupation as an alchemist apprentice to her grandfather. The only problem these days, is that tech giants have made traditional Alchemists unnecessary due to synthetic potions made from synthetic ingredients. If it were not for the fortuitous opportunity to work for the Royal Family, maybe Synths wouldn't have taken over?
The opportunity to work for the Royal Family came from a 'Hunt'. When a Royals Life is in mortal danger, a horn is blown and alchemists around the kingdom are summoned to hunt, and find the cure! Those who win gain riches, and the opportunity to work for the Royal Family exclusively.
A hunt was almost a long lost tradition, until one day the Princess decided to use a love potion - which have been banished and illegal to use! Of course, things did not go as planned, and she ended up using the potion on herself - essentially poisoning her, and setting off a new Hunt!
The Kemi's used to have the job of working for the Royals, and Sam takes this opportunity to restore the great Kemi name and help her family. Along the way she encounters some misfortune from other alchemists who are all fighting one another to win. Sam doesn't get involved because her priority is to save the princess, and the kingdom from a looming darkness that threatens them all, now that the princess is in mortal danger.
With every trial, Sam is put to the test to use her abilities and skills, and utilising her support network of friends and family. No one said the hunt would be easy!

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