Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ARC Review: Poison Princess + Ipad contest


Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)

Title: Poison Princess
Author: Kresley Cole
Release Date: October 2, 2012 
Publisher:   Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source:  ARC won (thank you Mundie Moms)
Hardcover:  384 pages

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… “


I managed to get my hands on an ARC of Poison Princess and can I just say that this may very well be the best and most original book that I have ever read.  Kresley Cole has created this amazing post apocalyptic world where 22 real kids have superhuman powers.  They each represent a card from a tarot deck.  The kids find that they have to form alliances to win each hand against their enemies.  However in the end only one "card" can win the war. 

This book is so intense you will find yourself holding your breath and gritting your teeth while each scene plays out.  There are so many twists that I couldn't find it in my power to put it down for even a second.  I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat constantly wanting to know more.  The mystery surrounding the Arcana was just too intriguing.  I have never read anything like it.

Kresley Cole has created some amazing characters.  They are easy to relate to.  Evie is this helpless girl that can't do anything for herself and Jack is this tough guy who will stop at nothing to protect her.  The chemistry between Jack and Evie is simply combustible. Their banter is fun yet so serious.  When Jack speaks you are left with no choice but to listen.  I have to be honest I never knew that Cajun French could sound so sexy!  Jacks accent was enough to make my heart flutter.  Yes that's right I hear characters speak when I read!   That's normal, Right?

As Evie grows into her power as The Empress she starts to change.  Suddenly she finds that she is not so helpless anymore.  She has an affinity for plants which she uses to protect herself.  As she gets stronger and starts to learn more about who she is she keeps Jack in the dark about what is going on with her because she is afraid of what he would think. 

There is some serious sexual tension between the two of them and I think it is more than just the fact that Evie is one of the last surviving girls on the planet.  Jack gets so frustrated with her but I think it is because he is falling in love with her.  He knows that he has to protect her at all costs even when she doesn't think she needs protecting. 

I wonder if Jack and Evie are going to save what's left of the world or if the world is going to tear them apart.  The future of Jack and Evie has yet to be seen.

The other Arcana cards that we met in this book were equally interesting.  Selina is The Moon, the bringer of doubt.  She has amazing archery skills but she isn't telling anyone the truth about what she knows.  Matthew is The Fool.  He sees visions of the past, present and future but he speaks in riddles so he is little help right now.  Finn is The Magician.  He can go around undetected which allows him to score supplies that help to keep everyone alive.  They all play a role, I'm just not sure yet who is on which side of the deck.

I cant wait to see what is going to happen in the next book.  Poison Princess is going to top every single chart!!  If you are in doubt about reading it don't be.  Go pre order it right now.  You are going to devour this book in just a few short hours and when its over your going to be left wanting more! 

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole will be released on October 2, 2012.


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