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.
Sam Kemi is off on another Hunt around the world, chasing secret potions and magic diaries in the second novel of the "charming and humorous" (Kirkus Reviews) Potion Diaries series.
After winning the Wilde Hunt, things are looking up for Sam Kemi and her family's potion business—until suddenly they aren't...
When someone goes after her grandfather, stealing his memories and priceless knowledge, the Kemi's Potion Shop is forced to close and Sam is left scrambling for answers—without her grandfather's help. Part of Ostanes's mind is trapped in those memories, and without them he's lost and confused. And the more time passes, the worse his condition becomes.
Hoping to reverse the effect of dark potions on the body, someone is looking for the recipe for aqua vitae—an elixir that can cure any illness—lost in the pages of an old Kemi family diary. But aqua vitae could also be the key to bringing her grandfather back, and that's all Sam really wants. Determined to find Ostanes's memories and the recipe first, Sam finds herself on the most important and perilous Hunt of her life.
There's trouble in Nova and the citizens of the kingdom must once again put their faith in Samantha Kemi to save the day in the final novel of the "charming and humorous" (Kirkus Reviews) Potion Diaries series.
After the royal tour, Samantha Kemi thought she could take a break from saving the day. Her grandfather Ostanes is healthy, she's about to be named a Master Alchemist, and Princess Evelyn is happily married to Prince Stefan.
Except—Sam has no proof that Evelyn is happily married because she hasn't seen the princess in days…Prince Stefan is now the public face of the Royal family.
Princess Evelyn has gone MIA just when Nova (and Sam) needs her most. A surge of magic is spreading across the country—like a virus—and every Talented person is suddenly more powerful. With the Talenteds getting stronger, Ordinary people begin to worry about an imbalance in the magic streams—and in society. When a group of Talented kids—Sam's sister Molly Among them—are attacked with a powerful sleeping potion, Prince Stefan is convinced that the Ordinary people are taking a radical stand against Talenteds and reinstates the old ban on traditional alchemy.
Now Sam's hands are tied. Does she trust Nova's scientists to find a synthetic cure to this curse, or does she break Stefan's royal decree and use her skills to save her little sister—and possibly all of Nova—from a forever sleep?
My first review of Madly
Oh, I loved reading these books! They were just so much fun, so great to read, and I enjoyed them so much! I loved the magic and the alchemy, and the world building! the various different creatures were so great, and I enjoyed it so much!
I'd read The Potion Diaries back when it was Madly, and it didn't change inside, just the title. So it was a lot of fun to read it again! Even knowing what was going to happen, with her friends, with the race, the potential romantic relationship, it was so great to read it again, and have all those details fresh for the next two books!
Royal Tour, I was really excited to read, because yeah, it had Evelyn as a character in her right mind. And the new in between chapters gave us a sense of what the general public believed, so that was really fantastic!
Going Viral, yeah, we all knew that Stefan was pretty much a bad guy, and that he was the only one that we were seeing, that wasn't good! I loved the mystery of finding out what was going on, getting a cure, and facing off against the bad guys! It was so great to read!
This series was so freaking great, and I can't wait to have more!
Author: Amy Alward
Series: Potion #1, 2, 3
First Read: August 2nd, 2015
Read: July 21st, 21st, 22nd, 2018
Source: Own, Ebook.bike, Edelweiss
Reason Why: Rereading, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books and Going Viral is a WTC Book!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: September 29th 2015, October 31st 2016, October 31st 2017
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