Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 1st, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal, Young Adult
Also in this series: Endless Knight
Also by this author: Endless Knight, The Professional, The Master
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, killing everyone she loves, 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 trust 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 teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…
In Poison Princess, New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces a dark and intriguing world, full of unspeakable danger and irresistible romance.
“It begins directly at the End, Empress.”
I am pleasantly surprised and enchanted with Poison Princess. So many of my friends have been telling me that I MUST read something by Kresley Cole, especially her Immortals After Dark series but I decided to take a chance on Poison Princess first for a few reasons. One of those happened to be the original cover that I had seen from time to time on Goodreads and I kind of loved it.
Another reason to read was because I haven’t read a dystopian since I have no idea when. But what swayed me the most is that the “hero” Jack, is one of the nominees for the 2014 Book Boyfriend Elections! The whole point of the elections is to find new book boyfriends and I believe I’ve found one! But he’s not just any book boyfriend. He’s a cajun talking JERK, and I kind of love those….but he is not for everyone. He’s kind of abrasive, rough and a little scary. In fact, I’m not even sure if I’ve completely warmed up to him just yet but I digress.
“When she takes a sip, I release a pent-up breathe. She’s drinking a toast to her own doom, to our beginning.”
Poison Princess starts off with a creep-tastic prologue, set 246 days A.F. (after Flash aka the apocalypse) with the main character, Evie, being lured into a creepy home by an even creepier guy, Arthur. While giving us a peak at his sinister thoughts, Arthur asks Evie to document her life before and after the Flash. I have to say that I’m glad I kept reading because I wasn’t completely sold on Evie’s character. Despite the intrigue surrounding her visions, her interesting relationship with nature, and the sense of impending doom, Evie before the Flash was kind of a shallow girl. Sure, she’s only 16 but she was more worried about her clothing, her popularity, her jock boyfriend, and the love/hate attraction she feels towards Jack. It isn’t until the Flash and the lengths she has to go to, to survive that I found myself liking her.
“Slice you to ribbons, choke you in vine.”
Despite the rather slow beginning, this book managed to catch me hook line and sinker. Especially when it is revealed to why Evie sees and does the things that she can. View Spoiler »Evie is one of 22 teens that represent the Major Arcana-players of Tarot cards. Evie is the Empress-she is a symbol of life, nature, sexuality, desire (according to Wikipedia). « Hide Spoiler. The whole premise of the Arcana is so original and fresh and I haven’t read anything like it. But if you’re still on the fence it has to be said that the tension and attraction between Jack and Evie is off the charts hot. He is the baddest of the bad boys.
“I was with the boy that monsters should fear.”
While I still have some unanswered surrounding Poison Princess, I have already delved into Endless Knight and cannot stop reading! This is mature YA at its’ finest and I cannot wait to continue reading.