The Zoella Book Club: The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

The Zoella Book Club: The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

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The Potion Diaries – Amy Alward

When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in lovewith 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.

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Samantha Kemi’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom. But since ZoroAster Corp started manufacturing synthetic potions the family business has been struggling and Sam is becoming more and more frustrated with their shop’s dwindling reputation. So when she’s unexpectedly summoned to the royal castle to take part in a Wilde Hunt to save the princess, Sam is determined to discover if her potion skills can save her family’s reputation. Against her granddad’s wishes Sam enters the hunt and sets off with her Finder Kirsty to search for the first ingredient. Can she compete with the might of ZoroAster Corp, including the owner’s handsome son Zain Aster? Will the hunt produce a cure for the princess in time? And can Sam save her family’s crumbling business along the way

An adventurous and thrilling story with lots of humour, magic and a possible romance on the cards too, The Potion Diaries is a fun and compelling read. We love Sam’s determination and bravery and Princess Evelyn’s scenes are simply hilarious. With mermaids, unicorns, abominables, centaurs and more, we can’t wait for you to discover Amy Alward’s magical world of The Potion Diaries.

Book Breakdown

The Potion Diaries Events

We have some truly exciting online events lined up for the Zoella Book Club to encourage readers to discuss the books with fellow readers and with the authors themselves! You can talk about your favourite characters, discuss your favourite scenes, share your own experiences related to the books and ask any burning questions you have since turning the last page. Don’t miss out on the chance to meet like-minded readers and ask your unanswered questions.

Amy Alward Biography

Amy Alward

Amy Alward is a Canadian author and freelance editor who divides her time between the UK and Canada.

In 2013, she was listed as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars. Her debut fantasy adventure novel, The Oathbreaker’s Shadow, was published in 2013 under the name Amy McCulloch and was longlisted for the 2014 Branford Boase Award for best UK debut children’s book. Her first book written as Amy Alward, The Potion Diaries, was an international success and the second novel in the series, The Potion Diaries: Royal Tour will be published in August 2016.

She is currently travelling the world, researching more extraordinary settings and intriguing potions for the third book in the series.

Get in touch with her on twitter: @amy_alward or via her website

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2 thoughts on “The Zoella Book Club: The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

  1. Excuse me, I’ve read this book several times and there is no sexual contact. The main theme is about staying true to yourself and believing in yourself, yet you chose to make it all about romance? That’s Purley demeaning to this brilliant book. I recommend you go over the theme of this again as you clearly have no idea on the topic you are taking about. I agree with the friendship part being a big bit of the book, and romance another, however it is not all about the love story. Signed,

    The head of another book club.

    1. Hi Amy,

      Thanks for your comment. We’ve included the book topic breakdowns for these books to help readers decide whether the books are appropriate for them, rather than to describe the book’s themes. Sexual content was a particularly tricky one for this book because, as you know, there aren’t any explicit scenes but sex is still discussed in a way that younger readers might wish to be forewarned about.

      However, we appreciate your point and agree that in context this does look a little off. Leave it with us and we’ll update asap.

      Thanks again for the helpful feedback.

      WHS Blog

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