Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: The Arcana Chronicles, #1
Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Gallery (Simon & Schuster)
Reviewed by: Aimee
Source: Audible Audiobook PurchaseRating: 5 out of 5 (♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥)
Her eyes are a cornflower blue--the color bold against her pale cheeks--but they're heartbroken. This waif has known loss. Who hasn't since the apocalypse? She's about to know more. "Come closer." She hesitates to set foot on the front porch. "No, come to me!" After taking a deep breath, she makes her way to my door; I shudder in anticipation, a spider poised on its web.I haven't done this in a long, long time because I've had so little time to read and even less time to write about it, but I have to say something about this book. I just have to.
At first I was really worried about Poison Princess. Jumping on the YA bandwagon after writing adult romances does not always result in a success for every author. But I was very pleasantly surprised because Kresley Cole hit this one out of the ball park (cue applause). Her writing style for this series is a bit different from her adult (Immortals After Dark) series. But it rocks just the same and you can still see her Kresley-isms showing through with a little bit of the typical Cole camp sprinkled in here and there.
“Hey, you've still got your endangered hymen. Which means you'll make it to closing credits - I'm s.o.l.”Poison Princess is yet another novel in the very progressively growing and wildly popular dystopia genre. It's based on the tarot… in case you didn't already notice by the name of the series itself. It's also really unlike any other kind of paranormal YA book I've read so far. It may have some similarities to other books in the dystopian genre, but other than that it's pretty unique. I don't want to go into too many details about the similarities it may share with other dystopians, because I think that spoils some parts of the story and should be left to the reader to discover on their own.
The two main characters of the story (Evie and Jack) embark on a journey after an event known as the flash nearly brings about the total destruction of the world. As they journey forward with two completely different goals in mind, the two slowly discover secrets about one another. Evie's goal, to find her grandmother so she can ask for guidance and gain understanding on what's happening to her. Jack's goal, to go in the complete opposite direction Evie wants to go in order to keep her alive and out of danger. But the path to all the answers Evie needs lays straight through all the perils Jack wants to avoid. Along the way, they encounter other kids that are having the same type of disturbances that Evie is having; undergoing the same type of changes. But why and for what purpose? Well, I can't tell you that. You'll have to find out on your own.
Now lets dish about the two main characters, Evie (Evangeline Green) and Jackson Deveaux ( J.D. or Jack Daniels). They couldn't be more different from one another if they tried. Evie is a cheerleader from a wealthy parish school in Louisiana who thinks she's going insane and Jack is the creole (cajun french speaking) bad boy from the wrong side of the swamp with a possible criminal background. There is so much tension between these two. You can't help getting frustrated at both of them for their thoughtless words and stubborn behavior around one another. There is a lot of denial going on between the two that makes you want to slap them silly. But it's the type of denial and frustration that makes for really good chemistry and a very, very good story.
“If you touch me like that again, Evangeline,” he began in a husky tone, dropping to his seat once more, “in the space of a heartbeat, I will have you off this bike and onto the closest horizontal surface. And I woan be picky, no.”As you can tell, I am totally and whole heartedly going to recommend this one. Especially if you're a Kresley Cole fan, double especially if you're a fan of YA dystopia and triple especially if you like bad boy characters that you can't decide whether to swoon over or hit upside the head with a frying pan. Loved it! The only con's I had with Poison Princess are the same con's I seem to always have with Mrs. Cole's writing… addiction and withdrawal. I so need the next book. Like NOW! So to sum up… you can't lose with this one. READ IT! That's not a request.
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