October 5, 2012

Review of Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.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….

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole
Publication Date:  October 2, 2012
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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I loved this book…LOVED IT!  A post-Apocalyptic tale with a dark twist.  I have not had the opportunity yet to read any of author, Kresley Cole’s, writing but after reading Poison Princess, I am definitely going to have to give them a go.  With all the hype that was revolving around the blogosphere about Poison Princess, I was hoping that it would live up to all the hype…and for me, it has!

Poison Princess revolves around the life (pre-apocalypse and after) of 16 year old Evie Greene (who FYI has an affinity with anything that grows out of the ground!  Plants, weeds, trees crops…and they bow down and do her bidding!  How freaking awesome is that!).  Evie has been having descriptive, horrific hallucinations about the end of days.  To help her grasp these images, Evie sketches them out.  Unfortunately, her mother comes across her sketchpad and sends her off to CLC, which is pretty much a mental institute for kids.  At a young age, Evie’s grandmother was slowly schooling her in what her role will be when the world ends, but because of these awful drawings, Evie’s mother has forbidden Evie to have any contact with her grandmother.  Little did she know that the details being passed on from grandmother to granddaughter was important information that Evie would need to figure out her destiny.

After being discharged from CLC, Evie goes back to school to attempt a normal life…with a normal jock boyfriend, Brandon, a best friend like no other, Mel, popularity amongst her peers, and no images of death and destruction.  It is during this new school year that Evie meets the very sexy, dangerous, Cajun bad boy Jackson Deveaux.  Everything about him screams “stay away”, but there is something about him that Evie just can’t ignore.

With the hallucinations coming more often than not, Evie tries even harder to prove to her mother that all is well in her head.  But soon, the hallucinations that Evie has been seeing is becoming a reality.  A solar flare hits earth and the apocalypse is upon them.  Destruction from all angles…few survivors.  Heat, fire, ash…the earth left as barren as a desert.    Survivors are left to scrounge for food, for weapons…even for people to use as slaves…or worse.  The effects of the apocalypse seems to have really hit the female population, causing them to sicken and die, leaving only a few remaining.  With a world primarily full of men, women must be extra cautious.

To Evie’s surprise, Mr. sexy bad boy himself comes driving up her driveway, having survived the decimation of the world.  It is at this point where the two of them team together to try and get to North Carolina to find her grandmother, and to find some much needed answers to a lot of questions regarding Evie’s abilities and the significance of Tarot cards.  With a heartless evil militia on its way to Evie’s home, Evie is forced to burn down her childhood home and entrust her life to Jack.

It’s during their excursions that Jackson and Evie chance upon other teens who are connected to Evie and the Tarot cards.  Together they must figure out what their roles are in this new world and what to make of their abilities.  Not only will they have to survive the militia armies out and about scavenging goods and people, there are also slavers, cannibals and Bagmen, which are pretty much zombies where one bite will turn you (if you survive their initial attack).

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole was amazing!  It had totally exceeded my expectations.   It was after reading the prologue that I knew I was in for one heck of a ride.  The prologue itself sucked me in.  Told in the eyes of an insane psychopath, Arthur, who has been kidnapping young women, to experiment on them.  We witness his thought process as he lures poor Evie into her lair of death.  It was creepy and dark, and totally addicting.

The story is primarily told in Evie’s point of view, but we are also allowed short glimpsed into the present where she is reliving the details of how she survived to Arthur, where again we are given a brief look into his thought process and to understand just how crazy he truly is.

The world building in Poison Princess was done phenomenally.  I was able to picture every single detail in this story…right down to the sounds and smells.  The pages in this book easily jumped out at me, and a movie played out in my mind.  The characters created are ones that you will definitely not forget, and will easily connect with.  There were certain parts in the book that did irritate me when it came down to Evie and Jackson’s feeling towards each other.  There is no insta-love, but there is some “come on already!  Just tell each other how you feel, already!” moment.  Quite a few of those moments actually.  But I suppose that helped in the buildup in the end.

As the pages quickly dwindled near the end, I was frantically hoping that it wouldn’t be over so soon!  I am eagerly anticipating the next installment in this new series by Kresley Cole.  I was seriously glued to my seat, watching as the story unfolded and more truths and secrets are revealed.  I need the next one ASAP.  With a great cliff hanger, I need to know what happens next!

Fans of apocalyptic and dystopian reads will fall head over heels for Poison Princess.  Do you ever wonder, if the world ever ended and all hell broke loose (with the world and yourself) would you be able to find love and accept it?

About the Author:


Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, as well as five award-winning historical romances.

Before becoming a writer, Cole was a world-ranked athlete, coach, and graduate student. 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 Far North Queensland area of Australia (where, by the way, she would not recommend swimming outside of the stinger nets–at night).

Cole’s trademark action, sensuality, and humor are best exemplified in her 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.

Her IAD books have been translated into seventeen foreign languages, garnered two RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.” She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water.

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  1. I’m dying to read this book !! I’m really hoping I’ll love it as much as you did. Thanks for a great review .. I really can’t wait to meet Jackson !

  2. Chapter by Chapter

    Omg Jackson is so freakin’ yummy!! It took me a bit to start getting used to the Creole accent, but damn he is fine!

  3. Amazing review! I can’t wait to read this. Especially since it has tarot cards.

  4. Chapter by Chapter

    Thank you! I love how the Tarot cards atelier incorporated into this story! You will love it I’m sure!

  5. Proserpine

    OMG, this book looks so good and the review gives it credit I’m sure! I’m in love with Kresley Cole! The Poison Princess is on my TBR pile and I can’t wait for my next purchase to get it :P Thanks for sharing!

  6. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks for stopping by! I definitely need to read her other books. I am in love with her writing!

  7. Angel @ Book Flame

    This book sounds so good, I need to hurry up and get my hands on it. Awesome review!

  8. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks! This book was beyond awesome. Can’t wait for you to get your hands on a copy!

  9. Blue Reader Gal

    I saw the book in the store and was tempted to buy it due the stunning cover, but I didn’t. As I read your review it so going to be on my to read list now! Hopefully will finish my huge reading pile first before acquiring this lovely treasure. Thanks again for the awesome review.

  10. Chapter by Chapter

    Ahhhh! You have will power! When a stunning cover catches my eye, I can’t help but buy it! lol I can’t wait to hear what you think of it when you do pick it up!

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