Friday, November 16, 2012

YA Review: Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles, Book 1) [Hardcover]

#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 ….

About the Author
Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals After Dark paranormal series. Her books have been translated into many foreign languages, garnered two RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists in the U.S. and abroad. Poison Princess is the first book in her new young adult series, The Arcana Chronicles. Visit her at

Product Details
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442436646
ISBN-13: 978-1442436640

My Review:

This book opens with Evangeline “Evie” Greene seeking shelter at Arthur's home where she begins to tell him about her story.  We find out this is the present time and we learn the events in her past in flashbacks.  We also learn the world is made up of cruel men and creatures that act like zombies.  I really liked how the Arcana Tarot Cards were interwoven into the plotline.

Evangeline “Evie” Greene is a 16 year old who is living the privilege life of a popular teenager who is dating a jock, dresses in the latest fashion and hangs around the most popular group of friends.  This is only the outside shell while inside she is suffering nightmares and visions of the future with horrible zombie like creatures and devastation.  Then one day Canjun bad boy motorcycle riding dangerous Jackson Deveaux arrives at her school with his group of delinquent friends which turns her world even more upside down.

To top it off Evie and Jackson hate each on sight because of the cultural difference between their status - she's rich while he isn't.  There is a smoking hot attraction between them that doesn't really flare up until after they team up.  Brandon her boyfriend wants to take their relationship to the next level but Jackson is there to flirt and tease her.   One night Jackson is about to kiss her which makes her confront her feelings for him but when she finds out it was just a ruse she considers him a jerk.

After the Flash she meets Jackson again and he vows to protect her and to make sure she reaches her destination.

Selena the Archer, Matthew and Finneas the Magician (they represent Tarot Cards) are people who join them on their journey.

Jackson reminds me so much of Noah from the Mara Dyer series but is more crude and rude but is very protective of Evie.  I love his sexy Cajun/French accent and his way he speaks which makes him more sexier


Thanks Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this book to review, greatly appreciated!

1 comment:

Alexa said...

I'm glad you liked this one. I have this on my shelf and I just decided to rent the audio book from the library so I'm hoping to start listening to it on my way back and forth from school.

I always love when authors who normally write adult romance books decide to write a YA series because it tends to lead to more steam in the YA series than with other authors.

Thanks for the awesome review

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