Title: Poison Princess
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1
My rating: 4 of 5
(Book read from my own copy (thanks Adriana) from January 5-22 for a read-along)
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.
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, 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…
My Thoughts on the Book:
What did I think of Poison Princess? In the end I loved it. I didn't love everything about it, but I absolutely loved the author's idea of implementing the Tarot & the Arcana in a post-apocalyptic world, it was amazingly done, so yeah, I loved the world-building.
Poison Princess is told mostly from Evie's PoV, and a little from Arthur's PoV. We meet Evie before the Flash, we get to know about her life & we get to meet Jack, too. Now, as always, I won't be going in details about the story, but Jack & Evie meet again months after the apocalypse, and they try to survive together.
For most of the book, I didn't like or dislike Evie at all, but at the same time, it's not like I didn't care at all about what was happening to her. She was a well-developed characters & with all that she was hearing, dreaming & seeing, it was obvious there was more to her. It actually wasn't a surprise who she is, and the way she always seemed so helpless, usually a character like that would've irritate me, but she didn't, and my most fav part in the book was near the end when Evie started to kick some butt :D So, yeah, in the end I really liked her as a character and I was a little bit disappointed when the book ended, but only because it ended, I just wanted more, so yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel.
As for Jake, he was also quite a complex character, he's been through so much, and yeah he was hot, and quite the bad boy, but I didn't swoon over him, but it's actually not easy to make me swoon ;) Anyway, I guess I'd call him almost likable & although kinda overprotective, still not irritable. As for the romance, it was ok, although I didn't really care about that, I was more interested about what was happening around them. I really liked Matthew as a character, he was such a sweetie, as for Selena, I wasn't a fan of hers, and yeah, Arthur was quite the psycho.
So, overall, the story was pretty good, the reason about the apocalypse & the post-apocalypse was really great, I think that this is a first one ;) the pacing was good, it will keep you going, and to be honest, if I hadn't decided to stick to the read-along schedule, I would've breezed through it quite fast :) I guess I actually did, only with a week-long pauses in between :) And the most important thing, Poison Princess will leave you hungry for more :)
So, do I recommend Poison Princess? If you're a fan of creepy, freaky & interesting post-apocalyptic worlds, then this is a book for you!