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.
The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward was published in the UK by Simon and Schuster this week, and it sounds like a must-read for fantasy fans. As part of the blog tour I have an interview with the main character, Samantha, for you all to read. Hope you enjoy it, and thanks to Amy for writing it!
Interview with my main character
By Amy Alward
Hello everyone! My name is Amy Alward and I’m very excited to interview Samantha Kemi for the Kingstown High School yearbook.
So Samantha, you’re definitely what I would call a legacy student around here- everyone knows you by your last name. Do you think you’re going to follow in your family footsteps?
Wow, talk about jumping me straight into the deep end! Of course, I’m so proud of my family’s legacy as Kingstown’s (best) alchemists, but I also don’t like the idea that my destiny is already laid out for me and I don’t get a say. I guess the short answer is: I don’t know yet! I want to see where life takes me.
Speaking of life taking unexpected turns, what did you think when you first heard the Princess’s news that she was poisoned by a faulty love potion?
To be honest, I didn’t know what to think! I’m actually pretty impressed that she was able to figure out a formula for a love potion that’s been banned for over two centuries. That is quite a complicated formula. She always seemed to…let’s say…disguise her intelligence on the newscasts and TV programs that I’d seen on before.
Apart from that, I’m pretty excited that I’ve been called to participate in the Wilde Hunt to find the cure! It isn’t something that I expected to ever happen in my lifetime. It’s great that all the ingredients have to be natural too- although I respect the synths, I do believe that there is more potency in Wild ingredients than the ones made in the lab.
Ooh, a bit of a controversial opinion there. Speaking of synth potency, tell us about your competitor, Zain Aster- he’s a bit of a hottie, isn’t he?
Is he? I hadn’t really noticed…
Sure, Sam, sure. You didn’t notice those dreamy blue eyes? That swarthy black hair? Those burly muscles?
Look, he’s on a different team to me, so it’s not like we’re exactly the best of friends. But I don’t want him to fail. I’m hoping we ALL do well, actually. If none of us manages to figure out the formula, the consequences could be real dire not just for the Princess- but for the whole of Nova.
Well, good luck Sam and thanks for this awesome interview! We’re all rooting for you…Will you just answer a few of these rapid fire questions before you go?
Books or Adventure? Books!
Unicorns or Mermaids? *shudders* Unicorns
Planes or Mirrors? Planes
Truth or Dare? Truth
Blue eyes or Brown? Blue
Amy Alward is the author of The Potion Diaries and editorial director for a leading children’s publisher. She is addicted to coffee, books and adventure. Get in touch via Twitter: @amy_alward or Instagram @amyalward!
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