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By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fun, fast-paced fantasy with potion-packing heroine.

Book Bridget Zinn Fantasy 2013
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

More adult implications than the review says

The book references “rape” which I don’t think is age appropriate for 12 year olds. Also the main character falls for the man who poisons her every day. Stockholm syndrome is not romance.

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Too much violence
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Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

POISON is an entertaining fantasy that has all the earmarks of another big franchise. Unfortunately, the untimely death of first-time author Bridget Zinn may cut that short. Although not as witty or poetic as the best fantasy novels, Poison offers a richly, if familiarly, imagined world. And while the basis for the quest is fairly flimsy and not well reasoned ahead of time, the characters are well fleshed out, and the pace doesn't slacken from start to finish.

Kyra would be a top-notch female role model ... if only she didn't mind her hair texture or chest size and if she had thought the decision to kill her best friend through more carefully before undertaking the task. But precisely for these reasons, the target audience will no doubt find her easy to relate to, and she's admirable for her resourcefulness and skills in traditionally male-dominated areas.

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