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The Potion DiariesThe Potion Diaries

by Amy Alward

Secondary List 2016-17 SHORTLIST WINNER

So far we have received 12 reviews of The Potion Diaries.

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Faith from Year 5, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School:

This a magical story about well potions it is very good royal story I would 100 present recommend this book that's why I rated it a 8

Marks out of 10: 8

Faith from Year 5, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School:

This is a magical book that I could not put down and that I loved.

Marks out of 10: 7

Tasha from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

The Potion Diaries is an amazing book. It's tense and fascinating. There are cliff hangers throughout which lead to happiness, sadness and shock! It's funny at times however it's confusing when many people are in the same room. I believe it needs to be made more clear on what is going on. I also think that there should be less characters in there. This book summoned up in 3 words- Romantic, Delightful, Unusual. Its very unique and magical and I don't think I've read one like this. I loved it!

Marks out of 10: 8

Sophia from Year 7, Healing School - A Science Academy:

This book, the potion diaries by Amy Alward, is specifically aimed at anyone who loved and waited in anticipation for their bedtime stories - fairy tales. The book puts a modern twist on fairy tales in the best way possible and leaves you with a wave adventure running, which in my opinion, is the best thing about the book. It's an adventurous but romantic book that fills your heart with a sense of warmth and comfort you couldn't feel about anything else even if you tried. My favourite part of the book was when the characters all went on the quest to find certain ingredients for Princess Evelyn's antidote; it was fist-clenching. All the characters, even the villains, are delightful with all their quirks and differences. It is a great story! I loved this book and its characters and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wanted to read it.

Marks out of 10: 9

Molly from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

The genre of the book is fantasy/romance, which I enjoy. The story starts of with Princess Evelyn creating the love potion. It was meant for her crush but instead she fell in love with her own reflection. This doesn't sound like it would be a majorly bad thing but she could go crazy. So a wild hunt was called, summoning all the alchemists in Nova and the team or person who got the cure right would win a prize. So it was a battle for who gets the cure. If you want to know the rest read it because it is worth your time. Overall I thought it was a good book that I couldn't stop reading it.

Marks out of 10: 9

Gracie-rose from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

The genre of this book is fantasy/romance. The story starts off with princess Evelyn conjuring a love potion. The love potion should have been drunk by her crush but she accidently drunk it herself and fell in love with her reflection! Although this doesn't seem that bad she is the next queen so she needs to give her undivided attention to Nova otherwise Nova could collapse. Due to this being such a major situation a wild hunt was called. this hunt included Samantha Kemi and all the other great alchemists of Nova. They have to all go through trials to find the cure for the princess. Overall I think this book is a great read and has lots of twists and turns!

Marks out of 10: 8

Jade from Year 8, Rossington All Saints School:

The book puts a modern twist on fairy tales in the best way possible and leaves you with a wave adventure running, which in my opinion, is the best thing about the book. It's an adventurous but romantic book that fills your heart with a sense of warmth and comfort you couldn't feel about anything else even if you tried. My favourite part of the book was when the characters all went on the quest to find certain ingredients for Princess Evelyn's antidote; it was fist-clenching. All the characters, even the villains, are delightful with all their quirks and differences. It is a great story! I loved this book and its characters and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wanted to read it.

Marks out of 10: 10

olivia from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

this book is really exiting it gave me goosebumbs all the way ! it is a bout where a princess makes a love potion when it back fires on her self and with the help of friends they make a new potion but is it the right one???a nationalwide hunt is calles to find the cure for her mistake. competitors travel the world to find the rarest ingredients in the depths of magical forests and frozen tundras facing horrible consequens at every turn. I loved this book I reccomed this to all people over 13

Marks out of 10: 8

Tessa from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book was really fun to read and I enjoyed it. The characters are really well developed and the story was very interesting. I would recommend this to anyone who likes action, adventure and romance all in one book.

Marks out of 10: 7

Nell from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

'The Potion Diaries' is a great read and brings a new genre to young adult books. It is a modern twist on fairytales and fantasy books. The plot was very interesting and I couldn't put the book down. You never knew what would happen when you started even a new page. There was a lot of twists and turns in the plot. The author, Amy Alward, has written this book in a creative style but also in a way that will keep the reader intruiged throughout. Writing chapters of the story from the perspective of the Princess, was very effective and gave a good contrast.

Marks out of 10: 9

Anna from Year 8, Healing School - A Science Academy:

I am thirteen and I am not really a great fan of Princesses anymore. It was the sort of book I would have considered picking up at ten so within two days I had finished. However... I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Although the book was not what i normally go for, it was great. The author did a fantastic job of capturing the lives of the characters and it had a great plot. The story line was really clear and easy to follow with a great feeling of nostalgia for me. The author has written a really greatly constructed novel that is perfect for girls (and of course boys) to relate to. All in all, this book was so great.

Marks out of 10: 7

Josie from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

Three, two, one...... Have you ever heard the song 'love yourself', by Justin Bieber? Well this is literally what happens to the princess of Nova, Princess Evelyn. After mixing an ancient, forbidden love potion meant for her crush, she accidentally falls head-over heals in love with herselfs. Her magic is so strong, her being in love with her own reflection is dangerous and as she is the only heir to the Novan throne something must happen. ..........Let the Hunt Begin! Sam Kemi has a rich, noble blood line of being the best alchemists in the nation however since synthetics were invent they have been lead to poverty. The hunt was dangerous and reckless. It was sacred yet impossible. For Sam it was the impossibly perfect chance to reinstate the Kemi name. All she had to do was steal a pearl from a mermaid, take hair from a abominal and borrow a human eating Ivy. Easy! But as the dangers mount will the richer taltented teams have and edge? Will Sam save the princess and giv back her family their name? I loved this modern yet fanatical adaptation of the classic fairy tale!

Marks out of 10: 8

 

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