Friday, February 13, 2015

Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

Title: Dead of Winter
Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: January 6, 2015
Series: The Arcana Chronicles
Pages: 303
Rating: 5 Stars


Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

Heartbreaking decisions

Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, the Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory

Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on the Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned

There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first...?

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First Impressions

I have many feelings about this book. I really love this series, and Dead of Winter was not a disappointment! I got the book and immediately dug in. This series is really fun, and different from other books. That said, this is the third book, and while I'll try to keep out spoilers for books one and two, I might fail.


As always, I love Evie. More and more, she's learning how to use and control her powers. Evie can be really kick-butt when she wants to be. Plus, some of the opening scenes are AWESOME! Kresley Cole has really pulled out all the stops. *pauses while I go to reread the beginning again* I'm back! Anyways, this is awesome. At first, I was a major shipper of Evie and Jack, but Death is really growing on me, especially in this book. I steps up to the plate and admits he doesn't know everything about how Evie should be treated, but he's willing to listen to her and figure out how he can become a better person. While Jack wants to keep Evie at a safe distance, away from the fighting, Death knows Evie can hold her own, and only steps in to help if she actually needs it. That's the kind of guy that I like for my heroins. This actually very much reminds me of the situation in the Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout... Anyways, Death is pretty awesome. It's really cool watching both Jack and Death's journey as they learn to trust each other and the world around them.

Side note, I have a small theory about Jack. So, in the first or second book, The Fool (AKA Matthew), tells Evie that there's still one Arcana not accounted for, as he doesn't become active until he makes an Arcana kill. My theory? That Arcana is Jack. I've been going through the list, and there's not many male Arcana that haven't already been claimed. Namely, there's only three people he could be. Which of them is anyone's guess, but I really hope that my theory comes true.


The writing in this book is not particularly elegant, but it is fun. It's also very different from the first book. While the first book is Evie telling the beginning of her story to someone, Dead of Winter is the story actually happening. Personally, I prefer Dead of Winter's way better, simply because I don't get taken out of the story. It's told in first person, which is definitely my favorite to read in, mainly because I actually know who the narrator is at all times.

World Building

This world is CRAZY! I know for a fact that I would not want to live there. For anyone who hasn't read the books, a little over a year before the beginning of Dead of Winter, an event occurred called The Flash. A large flash of light and head incinerated all living things out in the open and destroyed almost all of the water, including the oceans. By now, life is starting to pop back up. The world was all fire and heat, but now it's rain and cold. The climate is messed up, possibly due to magical beings. New theories on why the Arcana are competing in this 'game' come up in this book, and I really want to know more. There's only one book left to wrap up this story, and I have no idea how Kresley will do it, but I have faith that she'll do it with style.

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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