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Review: ‘Poison Princess’ by Kresley Cole

Review: ‘Poison Princess’ by Kresley Cole

Poison Princess

by Kresley Cole
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on October 2nd 2012
Pages: 369
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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 Review

I’ve had this book on my TBR forever! I finally got to read it and even listen to it, while I was at work.

I wasn’t prepared though, once I started listening to the book at first with the first chapter being dark and twisted. It kept me listening to the story though. The narration alone of the story kept me intrigued to listen to it often. It didn’t take me long to listen to the book, and when I couldn’t listen to the book, I would read the hardcover copy of the book at home.

I’ve been a fan of Kresley Cole since I started reading IAD series several years ago (which I’m currently re-listening to, so I catch up on the series). I’ve always loved her writing style, the world building she creates in her books, and also every one of the characters she comes up with in her stories. Poison Princess was no different.

What led me to finally read the books though since these books have been out for a while? I needed books that would grip my attention after reading another series. I knew these books from Kresley would do just that.

I won’t go into detail of the story because you can read the description of the book to find out the premise of the story. Believe me I don’t want to spoil anything.

Here is why I couldn’t stop listening to the story and why I’m now on a mission to finish the other books since the latest one came out recently.

1. The storyline of Arcana cards and how they have to battle it out against each other and be the last card standing. These are kids though. There are some very dark and twisted cards, and then there are some essential cards. I loved this storyline.

2. The main character Evie who happens to be one of the cards, but has no idea yet. Poison Princess is where she finally realizes it. I loved how Kresley built up Evie’s story and introduced some other characters.

3. Getting to read the Before the Flash story of Evie and some other characters, like Jack who is a Cajun boy from the other side and ends up driving Evie crazy several times in the book.

4. Getting to read the After Flash results and what is happening in the world after the apocalypse. Kresley doesn’t make it easy for Evie at all. Where she’s telling her story is twisted.

5. The ending. After reading the before/now story of Evie, I predicted what was going to happen at the end. The conclusion also had a cliffhanger, and I dived right into the second book after finishing Poison Princess because I needed to find out what happened next.

Overall, this book kept my attention, especially after reading three books that I definitely couldn’t get over in another series. I was worried I would have issues picking up another book, but Kresley never disappoints in her books.

I give the first book in the series 4 stars, and highly recommend it to readers looking for a different Young Adult Dystopian story that is unique and twisted.

While typing up this review, I’ve already finished the second book (review to come soon), and I’m onto the next book already. That should tell you how much I’m enjoying these books.


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