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Blog Tour and Review: The Kinder Poison

Title: The Kinder Poison

Series: The Kinder Poison #1

Author: Natalie May

Release Date: June 16th, 2020

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Holly Black, this enthralling fantasy adventure follows a teenage girl chosen to be the human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs who will do anything for the crown.

Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she’s only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry.

All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing: a death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finish—and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey’s end—will ascend to the throne and be granted unparalleled abilities.

With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing’s human sacrifice. Zahru is left with only one hope for survival: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world.

My Review: This was my favorite book of the year so far. I loved it. I loved it right from the beginning and I flew through it. Zahru is a fantastic character with just the right balance snark and wit. She knows she makes some stupid choices but her reasoning was always believable. I also loved all three of the heirs. They were each very different and well done. I also thought the magic system was well done and I loved the tension of those with magic and those without. I also loved the variety of gifts, which reminded me a bit of The Graceling (another favorite of mine). The ending was intense and a cliff hanger which left me desperately wanting book 2!! If you are a ya fantasy reader then I can't recommend this one enough!


NaTaLiE MaE is an ex-programmer, dessert enthusiast, and author of young adult novels. She has also been a freelance editor and Pitch Wars mentor, and feels it notable to mention she once held a job where she had to feed spiders.

She now writes full-time at home with a bag of dark chocolates in one hand and a leopard cat on her lap. She is most definitely not checking Instagram right now.


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Prize: Win (1) of (5) copies of THE KINDER POISON by Natalie Mae (US Only)

Starts: 10th June 2020

Ends: 24th June 2020

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*

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