The Potion Diaries: Going Viral by Amy Alward, published by Simon and Schuster on 24th August 2017
Having managed to find her great-grandmother's potion diary, escape Emilia Thoth, save her grandfather's memories AND become a Master Alchemist, surely it's time for Sam to have a good, long rest? And maybe, just maybe, a date with her boyfriend Zain?
But now that Evelyn is married and showing symptoms of the Gergon illness, it looks as though Sam's adventures are just beginning...
'The Potion Diaries: Going Viral' continues the series about Sam Kemi, Master Alchemist, as she is called upon to once again save the day. A strange virus is spreading through the city; Princess Evelyn has disappeared and no one seems to know how to stop events from endangering all of the Talented. It's up to Sam to work out what's going on and to put things right.
A sub-plot in the book is the fact that Sam is the subject of a documentary being made about her. As well as following her as she travels to the far-flung country of Zhongou to try to find a cure for the virus, the crew are also interested in the continuing romance between Sam and her boyfriend Zain...if they can ever find the time to go on a date.
When this series started, I thoroughly enjoyed the opening instalment. It was fun, inventive and entertaining and with a main character that shares the same name as me, what was not to like! The second book in the series was also pretty good but I felt like 'Going Viral' let the side down somewhat. Yes, it was fairly entertaining and a quick, light-hearted read but I thought the plot was lacking any real sense of danger or excitement and didn't have enough substance, while although I really like Sam and Zain as a couple, the romance in this title was sadly lacking. Please Amy Alward, give us more of our favourite ship!
I originally thought that this was going to be the last book in the trilogy but I discovered recently that there is another one scheduled for publication next year. Maybe the series can still go out on a high. I'm certainly hoping so.