Tuesday, 25 September 2012

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

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)Posted by Donna
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Finished Date: September 24th, 2012
Publishers: Simon & Schuster 
Source: For Review
Format: Hardcopy
Pages: 384
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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….

The Review: “If you touch me like that again, Evangeline,” he began in a husky tone, dropping to his seat once more, “in the space of a heartbeat, I will have you off this bike and onto the closest horizontal surface. And I woan be picky, no.” 

Oh for the love of all things holy, this book is amazing! This was my first book by author Kresley Cole and honestly she couldn't have done it any better. She had me compelled from the very first page with her amazing talent for storytelling and also for her intense and incredible scenes. It's safe to say, Poison Princess is a gripping page turner! 

This story follows the life of teenager Evangeline 'Evie' Greene. She's a popular girl, with a loving boyfriend and awesome friends, but even though her life appears to be normal, it's anything but. Evie experiences hallucinations but mostly they are disturbing and horrifying. Not only that but Evie also gets visions of people that she's never met and they come with warnings. But soon it's to late for Evie to figure these warnings out because her hometown - including the rest of the world has been hit by an apocalyptic event called 'The Flash' where most people are wiped out. 

Evie is among the survivors and soon enough she finds out that the one person she hates is alive - Jackson. Evie needs answers about her visions and decides she needs to travel to see her grandmother - who she thinks is still alive. Jackson agrees to protect Evie on her mission but as her visions get worse, she soon comes across other people who have been having the same call, and she realises she is not the only who is meant to play out their destiny. 

Let me tell you right now, this book is so unique! Twenty two teens who all have special powers based on their characteristics of their Tarot card, so they can play their part in an ancient prophesy between good vs evil. Come on, tell me how unique that is?  Honestly, I've not read anything like this book before and I'm still in awe with how brilliant it really is. 

Evie is a strong protagonist - one I instantly loved. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders and still she tries to remain upbeat, happy and generally tries to stay sane. Even after the flash, she tries to remain the same even though as Jackson points out on a number of occasions, she can't hunt, start fires or protect herself - but you know there's something bubbling under the surface of Evie and it's just waiting to be unleashed. At time's my heart broke for her because whatever is happening to her, she has no control over and at time's it's very scary. I'm glad she had a person like Jackson to lean on because without him, I think she would have struggled. 

Now Jackson, oh gosh, he's a complete bayou boy through and through and with him being Cajun French he has one hell of a sexy accent. However, he can be so harsh and mean sometimes and yes, he does do stupid things but really, you can over look everything because he's a total sweetheart at heart. It was pretty clear from the start that he was attracted to Evie - despite how he acts and even in the end, he'll always go to her. Their relationship is pretty intense, I was just waiting for something to happen. 

Then, that ending comes in and no sooner than you started....it's all finished...I could have cried. If this book wasn't unputdownable to start with, wait until you get to the last few chapters because it's even worse.  I couldn't stop reading until I knew the outcome and my god, I was not expecting what I got. It was absolutely breath-taking and heart-breaking all at the same time. I'm left with so many questions because of that ending...it really was a killer and I'm dying for more of this wonderful story. 

Overall, Kresley Cole has leaped into the YA market by a storm and it's left me wanting more of her work. I urge you guys to go buy this book but it's not one you want to miss out on. A must read of 2012! 

A big thank you to Simon & Schuster UK for giving me the opportunity to review this book. 

10 comments:

Miss Cass said...

Nice review! It definitely DOES sound unique. Glad you loved it so much. I was initially repelled by this book because of the cover (they look so old!), but you've convinced me that it's worth my attention. :P
- Cass (Words on Paper)

nat cleary said...

Oh great review!!! I have this on pre order and cant wait to read it. :)

Erin W. said...

Surprisingly I really LOVED this book too. Everything about it just kept me interested til the very end. Can't wait for the sequel. Great review!

sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books said...

I JUST started reading this one! I have been so excited and I just read a couple of negative reviews so I was really nervous but I am so very glad you liked it! It's just the boost I needed to continue! :)


~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

haley hagen said...

AHH your review just got me like 203859345 times more excited to get this!! I can't wait to read this, awesome review hun!!!!! :D

Elodie RASO said...

I'm supposed to get a copy of this book and I really can't wait to read it because I haven't read a single negative review on it so far ... This also makes me want to check out Kresley Cole adult books :) !! Thans for the great review Donna !!

Suzanne @ Paranormal Book Fan said...

Excellent review Donna, you have me convinced. I think Jack is definitely a guy I would like and I look forward to meeting him. And Evie also sounds like an awesome heroine. One thing though, I don't rate the cover for this at all, more suited to an adult book I think.

Rachel said...

Oh my gosh, Donna!! That quote!! I'm dying to read this now. The premise sounds wonderful and I can't wait to find out more about that sizzling hot chemistry these two seem to have. This is going in my TBR! Brilliant review. :)

Carly @ Fiction Fascination said...

WOW, wonderful review, Donna! I cannot tell you how pleased I am that you loved this! As I'm sure you've gathered already I'm a big Kresley Cole fan. If only I wasn't on a book buying ban.... lol! :)

Rachelanbig said...

I died when I read this review on Goodreads!! Love that quote! Must get my hands on this immediately if not sooner. :)