Saturday, August 10, 2013

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Title: Poison Princess
Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: October 2, 2012
Series: The Arcana Chronicles
Pages: 369
Review: Five Stars

I can't even explain my feelings after ending this book. It's currently late at night and I should be asleep, but I don't know if I can until I get everything written down. The book was SO good. It took me about a week to read due to summer camp, but I'm almost glad it did. The book was good and interesting from page one, but with everything else going on, I couldn't force myself to sit down and read it. I finished it this evening and cannot get it off my mind. To say the least, the ending rocked! If it wasn't for the last couple chapters, the book would have gotten a four star review. But because of what occurred, I can't not give it five stars! The tension until that point is insane, and the reader's just waiting for something to happen. For the entire book, I was waiting for it to happen, but was almost sure it wouldn't because of how other books have played out. The event happening not only surprised, but delighted me.

The main character is Evie Green. She is pretty awesome. I love how, for once, the main character is the one with the secrets, not the male lead. I actually really can't stand the male protagonist, Jack. He's annoying, selfish, overconfident, and slightly sexist. But Jack gets better in time. I can give him a bit of leeway due to the fact that most of the story is post-apocoliptic and he's simply trying his best to survive, but dear god, could he be quiet and accept that Evie knows what she's doing and isn't useless for once? Jack treats her as if she's inept and stupid, which she's not. By the end of the book, she's, hopefully, proven that to him. Evie is mega-powerful, even though she resists it for most of the book. She's a fun character to be inside the head of, due to the fact that multiple people in her life think that she's insane. Evie is unwaveringly loyal and if I were ever in trouble, I'd want her on my side. She doesn't exactly grow more powerful, but she accepts herself more and more as the plot goes on. She's fascinated with people that other see only as evil. While she judges quickly, she also changes her judgement frequently as her view of the character changes. For example, she hates Jack at first but eventually grows to love him. The character Death fascinates me, along with Evie, and I can't wait to see more of him and his background in book two. Life as Evie knew it changed multiple times throughout the book, but she takes it all in stride and never strays from what she's set her sights on.

I still can't get over this book. It's fun, it's different, and it's interesting. It deals with the tarot cards, which has never been the main focus of any other books I've read. It's a journey that I'd love to take over and over again. Very rarely do I wish I could forget I read a book, only so that I could read it again. I enjoyed this book and will reread it more times than I can count. The characters are quirky. The plot is fast. The action, and romance, is intense. The tension is off-the-charts. Not to mention it, but have you seen the cover? It's beautiful and I can't get enough of it. This book was amazing and a read I fully recommend. You will not regret reading it. The sequel, Endless Knight, comes out on October 1, which cannot come soon enough. What's fun, is that the title of both books totally make sense after reading Poison Princess and the synopsis of Endless Knight. I'm glad it took me so long to pick up and then read Poison Princess, if only so that I don't have to wait as long for Endless Knight. It's a sassy, sensual journey that lives on past the page and will keep you up at night, wanting to figure out what'll happen next. Read the book and tell me what you think of it in the comments!

Author Bio:
Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. 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.

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 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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22 Arcana cards. 22 Chosen Teens. Let the cards fall where they may.

Sixteen-year-old Evie Greene’s horrific hallucinations predicted the apocalypse, and the end of the world brought her all sorts of new powers. With the earth scorched and few survivors, Evie teams up with handsome and dangerous Jack Deveaux in a race to find answers. They discover that that an ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of teens have been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

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