Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (Review)

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  • Author: Kresley Cole
  • Series: The Arcana Chronicles, #1
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Format: e-Book
  • Source: Sent For Review
  • Links: Goodreads | Amazon


#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 Derveaux.

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… rjsreviw

I received a copy of Kresley Cole’s first book in her widely adored series, The Arcana Chronicles for review some time last month. I’m not unfamiliar with Kresley Cole, I do own a few of her adult fiction romance novels that I still need to read. From what I’ve gathered Poison Princess is her first foray into the YA world, and after I received the request and read the synopsis I knew this book would be right for me.

Poison Princess has a very inventive theme. There aren’t many novels out there that deal with Tarot cards and I felt that in times when reading was a little straining, this kept me going because I wanted to see where it would go. I mention straining only because there were some somewhat less exciting parts of the novel every now and then for me during reading, especially in the beginning. Which is understandable since 1) this is the first novel in the series and 2) you have to set up the world, characters, and story.

I loved the world that Kresley built. It’s very hard to set up a believable world that is literally in shambles, but the world before and after The Flash definitely had their own unique distinctions. Paired against a wonderfully refreshing theme that separates this series from the wave of others in the genre, it’s easy to see why many adore this series.

In regards of Evie and Jackson, I feel that if I dug deep inside the novel there would be some redeeming qualities. They aren’t one of my favorite sets of characters, but I’ve also read far worse in other novels I couldn’t even finish. Jackson has romantic qualities but I feel that his actions and overall persona are counterintuitive of a true romantic love interest. I do love when characters have somewhat of a complexity to them as it helps in adding dimension, however I feel it wasn’t the most forgivable or justifiable in this case. Evie is somewhat of a popular girl who is rich and privileged and there is a bit of a whine to her character. It’s only natural that she wouldn’t be as resourceful and a strong survivalist like Katniss in the wake of destruction but necessity and desperation can humble even the strongest of egos. I felt, overall, disconnected to the majority of the characters.

As I’ve mentioned Poison Princess is inventive in its theme and is a great first book in what I’ve heard is a phenomenal series. Despite the few flaws I encountered, I did still think it was enjoyable and entertaining and would one day like to read the rest of the series. I can see why Kresley Cole novels come with high recommendations. The love and talent she has for writing is evident, and I am even more eager to read the other novels I own that are written by her. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Sullivan + Partners for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5

An e-book of this novel was provided to me in exchange for an honest review through the request of Kelsea Woods and Caroline Laird of Sullivan + Partners, on behalf of Kresley Cole and Simon and Schuster.

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