Friday, August 9, 2013

Review: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles) by Kresley Cole

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. (From Amazon)

My thoughts…

Guys, this book was AMAZING. Seriously. Read it now. I actually listened to the audiobook version and it blew me away. First of all, the actors who read the two parts of Evie and Arthur (Emma Galvin and Keith Nobbs) were so freaking good. It starts out with Arthur who’s this seriously disturbed guy that lures Evie in to tell her story. His narration was so creep-tastic that I actually liked listening to his point of view. I caught myself chuckling darkly at some of his more disturbing thoughts. I don’t want to delve too deeply into what that says about me, but I’m willing to chalk it up to Nobbs’ narration abilities. He really delivered and enlivened Arthur. If I’d read a physical copy of the book, I probably wouldn’t have liked Arthur quite as much. Galvin also did a superb job with Evie. She narrates most of the book, and she actually sounded like she could be her character. I have listened to some audiobooks where it was done well except for the fact that it was totally noticeable that the actor was not the same age as the character. It kind of kills the illusion of the narrator’s portrayal.

(A little side note: If you haven't already signed up for Audible, they give you a free book with your first month's free trial. Such a good deal.)


As far as the plot goes, I found it to be a unique idea. The supernatural aspects were based on the high arcana cards of the tarot deck. Can I just stop and say that I LOVE tarot cards? Seriously cool stuff, and to read something that was inspired by them was way interesting. I don’t think I’ve seen it before.

I’m a huge fan of the road trip type of plotline too. It sort of reminds me of one of my favorite shows, Supernatural. It’s a perfect way to get two people to bond together. Anything that does that pulls that off has won my approval.

The romance part of this book was really well done, as well. I’m pretty sure I felt Evie’s anxiety as she tried to deal with it. Even when I wasn’t reading the book, I was still feeling it since I couldn’t keep my mind off of it. If I’m being honest, this was kind of inconvenient when I was at work. Customers kept looking at me like I was a weirdo. Don’t you just love it when you find a book that consumes you like that?


Evie was a really relatable person. I liked seeing her grow throughout the novel. She doesn’t start off as being very strong at all, but Evie tries to make herself less burdensome for Jack. As she began to develop her supernatural abilities, she was understandably freaked out without being annoying about it. I could see myself acting in the same way as her.

Okay, now let’s talk about Jack Deveaux. Jack was a realistic character to me in that he was deeply flawed in some aspects of his character. For instance, he could be incredibly violent to his opponents. I could understand why he would be, but it was kind of hard to take sometimes. I will admit that such a hardened personality kept him and Evie alive after the apocalypse. Besides that, Jack was pretty darn attractive. He had the whole French-Cajun thing going for him, and he could be caring when he forgot to act tough.


The world building in his novel was fantastic. In the beginning of Evie’s narration, we see her normal life. It was so developed that I felt the loss of it after the Apocalypse. The ruined world was described just enough where I could envision what it looked like without annoying the crap out of me with too much detail. It was rich in its desolation and seedy characters. Not a place I’d like to experience firsthand.

My recommendation?

Read it; listen to it; whatever. Just get your hands on it! (although, if you have the opportunity, I definitely suggest listening to the audiobook). You are going to love this novel. It was so good I may end up rereading it again sometime in the future. I can’t wait for the next one to be released in October. I give Poison Princess five out of five stars.

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