Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Date of publication: October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Number of pages: 369
Series: The Arcana Chronicles (1#)
Source: Borrowed. The review is my honest opinion.
Date finished reading: 13th November
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.
Does anyone have a thesaurus handy? Because I need help coming up with words apart from LOVE, ADORE and AMAZING!
I feel as though this is a very character driven story because I paid way more attention to the characters than to the actual story, which in this case wasn’t a bad thing at all. I feel like I know Evie really well and I love the way Jackson has a different background to many YA characters I’ve read about.
Really, Poison Princess had to be a little character driven because of the theme of the Major Arcana tarot cards and all, which I think is a spiffing idea. Plus all the Arcana people (is that the correct term) have these cool powers…unique powers. I have never come across characters with the powers Evie and Finn have got.
Yes, still on the subject of characters, I have to say how I usually felt they felt. I can’t tell you how many times I found my fingers tearing at the roots of my hair when something happened between Jackson and Evie just as they’d gotten closer. Which I’m kinda glad for because insta-love is kind of unheard of in most popular YA books for a reason.
Usually, I’m not such a fan of books with people on the cover, or at least people who look too much like they have been cut out and pasted on to the background. Not that I think the people on the cover of Poison Princess look that much like cut outs, just very…realistic. But yes, I like it and since I came across it a while back, it has definitely grown on me.
That being said with all my glowing points about the characters, I am a little confused as to who Arthur is. I get which card he is but I had to Google who he was, which told me to go back a reread the prologue. This may have been my fault but I completely forgot who he was.
I’m really looking forward to the sequel, Endless Knight! I would definitely love to read more by Kresley Cole and I’d love it to be in the form of this series. I’m curious to see how many books it will be!
A new favourite book!
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Goodreads author bio:
Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. She has also written five award-winning historical romances.
Since her first novel was released in 2003, Kresley has published nineteen books with Simon & Schuster and has seen her releases translated into more than eighteen foreign languages. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Queensland area of Australia.
Cole’s trademark action, sensuality, and humor are exemplified in her popular Immortals After Dark Series, which revolves around the Lore, a secret stratum of hundreds of immortal creatures–ranging from Vampires to Lykae, Furies to Shifters, and Fey to Valkyrie–that each have their strengths, weaknesses, and age old prejudices against the others. Though they secretly live among humans, they constantly war among themselves, which gives her a lot of material.
In 2007, Kresley won the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for best paranormal for her novel A Hunger Like No Other, and in January 2009, she became a #1 New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller with her sixth IAD installment, Kiss of a Demon King. In 2010, Kiss of a Demon King earned Kresley her second RITA award. 2011 brought Cole her second #1 NYT bestseller with Dreams of a Dark Warrior.
She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many animals. She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water. You can learn more about Kresley at www.kresleycole.com.