Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole


Title: Endless Knight
Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: October 1, 2013
Pages: 320
Review: Five Stars!

Wow. This book began right where Poison Princess left off. It didn't skip a beat. The beginning has a bit of a rocky start, but from that point on, nothing can stop it. Just . . . just . . . it was so good, I can't even describe it! The characters evolve and there's always more than what meets the eye. The story-telling was superb, Kresley Cole couldn't have done this better!

The main character is Evie. She is the Poison Princess AKA Empress of the Tarot Deck. Evie is one of the major Arcana, and has the powers to prove it. Evie can control plants, make them grow with her blood (which is very useful after the Apocalypse), release toxic spores, and more! Evie really comes into her abilities in this book, and doesn't take anything from anyone. She stands up for what she believes in, embraces the impossible, and bears the unbearable. If I had been in Evie's position, I would have been long dead.

Then there's the love interest, Jack. At the beginning of the story, Jack royally annoys me. He can't stand the sight of Evie after he figures out that she's supernatural. Hence, I can't stand him. He comes along fairly quickly, and the steamy scenes are in full swing partway through the book. Sadly, there are more pressing issues, such as cannibals, vampire-like zombies AKA Bagmen, and other Arcana that want to kill them. I have an insane theory here. In the book, Evie remembers how one of the Arcana can't be activated until s/he makes his/her first kill. My theory, is that that Arcana is Jack. Crazy? Maybe. Possible? Of course! Jack has what it takes to be Arcana. He's a decent fighter without powers, knows how to survive, and can even be charming when he so chooses to be.

Then there's Death. He's the one on the cover with Evie. Death is . . . complicated. In this book, we find out his real name, as well as his twisted past, which often intercepts that of the Empress. Death has been betrayed and has spent most of the past few thousand years alone. Imagine, having no one for company for a millennia. In a way, I can get Death's evil attitude, especially to Evie, but at the same time, he's controlling, stuck in the past, and can't see that Evie has changed. Just because she was evil all her past lives, doesn't mean she is in this one. My question for you, does Death deserve his punishment or is he simply misunderstood?

My one big complaint, this book was too short! Plus, the ending is such a cliffhanger! Curse you Kresley Cole! Except, maybe not. Because I want you to write more books . . . Anyway, I cannot wait for book three to come out. As of now, I don't know if it's a trilogy or something longer. I assume it's longer, because the plot doesn't seem to be able to wrap up in one more book. The backstories in this are amazingly done, but not overdone so as that it gets boring. It truly was a book of character development, yet the action, romance, and thrills never stopped! Kresley Cole effortlessly weaved a spellbinding story that I can't wait to enter again.

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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In this second book thrilling book of The Arcana Chronicles from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole, Evie struggles to accept her place in the prophecy that will either save the world—or destroy it.

Evie has fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. As one of twenty-two teens given powers following the apocalypse, she now knows a war is brewing, and it’s kill or be killed.

When Evie meets Death, the gorgeous and dangerous Endless Knight, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to Death as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history, one that Evie can’t remember—but Death can’t forget…

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Simon & Schuster
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