Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Book One of The Arcana Chronicles
Bookologist Analysis: Blown OUT! The fire is burning and you have only smelled the smoke.
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, killing everyone she loves, 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 trust 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 teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…
In Poison Princess, New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces a dark and intriguing world, full of unspeakable danger and irresistible romance.
This book was one of the best I've read recently. My blood boiled, my heart raced, and an inanimate object (called a book) took the breath right our of me. This book is definitely a fantasy meet sci-fi. There's an apocalypse, quite an original one not one of the one you usually read about. Fantasy is just he magic that goes on with Tarot Cards.
I, myself got was utterly confused about the beginning of the book. This girl stumbles into some crazy guys house in Tennessee. He's basically a genius creeper living some post-apocalyptic world. The second chapter sorts itself out sort of. The book begins in Evie's normal life a spoiled girl in Louisiana. Her ignorance hurts her a lot in a world where you can't take anything for granted.
The romance in this book is hot and steamy, granted. Jack Deveaux is your typical bad boy- from the wring side of town, a player, black hair, gray or brown eyes, attitude, tall, and a devil may are attitude. The relationship however is strained Evie is the pull Jack is the push. What's different though is he's Cajun. I love authors that put characters that have a mother language that pops up in a guys English. What I HATE though is when they don't put translations (thank you Kresley Cole for putting some many of them in).
The characters in this book are pretty much predictable in a YA sense/ There's a bad boy that the girl falling for hopelessly and is learning new things about herself. There's a bad boy that has a drinking problem and a motorcycle. A good boy with money and already an interest in the girl. There's a mean girl (you don't meet her till a little into the book) who's trying to steal that boy and is the polar opposite of the narrating girl. A huge catastrophic event and most important of all a few random side character
The plot was not something I had seen before. There are Tarot Cards, on these Tarot Cards there are trump cards. Twenty-two trumps to be correct. Some of these are ugly rotten people, some are lovable too-hot-for-the-sake-of-man-kind hot. I've never seen folk tales/legends/myths in such a setting. For me this was perfect marriage between magic/folktale and urban fantasy and dystopian (if three/four way marriages are legal).
If you love romance in the dystopian world where hell is on earth. Then please come to love this book as I have.