Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1 ETA: October 2nd 2012
Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: ARC provided for review
I received this ARC in the mail and I’ve heard so much anticipation about it that I had to give it a shot.
Summary taken from Chapters/Indigo.ca:
She could save the world-or destroy it.
Sixteen year old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future-and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.
But she can't do either alone.
With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?
Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side….
Holy Tarot Cards! This book starts off with a seriously creepy teen, has the apocalypse, Zombies, Militia, A seriously hot Cajun boy whose accent makes my knees weak, and a whole lot of freaky crazy dreams and powers. Kresley Cole knows how to capture an audience because I was gone from page one. And the weird part was that everything was relatively normal (ish) and then when it all starts to happen its like an entire other book. Both before and after are extremely awesome and gripping. And then there are the characters: Evie—If the cover model is Evie then she is damn pretty. Sometimes, scratch that, many times I would like to slap you, but really for everything that you go through you make it seems like your life is normal (again ish). Jackson—I can’t stop thinking about you. And some of the things you say…super hot. On the cover he looks a little older than I would think, but then you see the back of the book:
And my heart just falters. Mathew—you are a weird kid. So far I think you’re ok though. Finn—You are actually quite funny. Selene—I would like to punch you.
With a wide range of characters, all different from one another in many many ways, I was pulled into this world that is both apocalyptic and supernatural. I mean really…can you ask for much else?
Evie—for defying expectations. For not being just the “cheerleader” type even when she was a cheerleader. For over coming her fears, and being labelled as “crazy”.
Jackson—For being Cajun. And being a sexy hot I’m-going-to-tell-you-that-I-hate-you-but-I-still-want-a-taste-of-you kind of guy.
Finn—for being you in your cocky surfer way.
I can’t say there was anything bad about this book. Ok, perhaps I will mention that sometimes the reference to Tarot cards and the Arcana were a tad confusing. But did that stop my heart from beating so fast? Did that stop me from reading while I was walking down the street (dangerous, don’t do that at home)? No. Not one bit.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall the mix of captivating story and characters provides a whirlwind of excitement and emotion for the readers. Not to mention a new take on a popular genre right now. With The Hunger Games and the apocalyptic genre taking over Poison Princess brings about new aspects to an already popular genre taking it one step further into greatness. The novel was decently easy to follow, and grips you into the story of sad and lonely Evie from the beginning. With just the right about of humour, romance, sarcasm, action/adventure, zombies, and thrills Poison Princess is sure to please all types of readers.
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Next In the Series:
As the first book in the Arcana series with a set release date of October 2nd 2012 the information in the sequels have not been listed as of yet. Here’s to hoping its soon!
Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you love an apocalyptic romance, with zombies, teens, and fortold futures where said teens are responsible for the saving or destruction of the world, than this is the book for you. If its not…pick it up anyhow and give it a try.
If you liked this you'll probably love:
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, DemonTrapper series by Jana Oliver, Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Struck by Jennifer Bosworth, Providence series by Jamie McGuire, Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick