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“Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
“I've been a big lover of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series for years. So, when I heard that her publisher offered a free 17 chapter view of her YA novel, Poison Princess, I jumped all over the chance to check it out. I totally wasn't disappointed. I ended up buying the full-length novel that same day.
If you're looking for a typical happy-go-lucky YA novel, this very much is NOT it. Kresley Cole takes this book to some dark places, just like she takes her IAD heroines through. This book is YA, so there is no sex, but there are some very steamy scenes between the two main characters.
Evangeline Green is a typical rich southern cheerleader. Blonde, football boyfriend, loving mother, huge mansion. But there's something different about Evie. She has visions, horrifying visions of an apocalyptic nature. Having just come back from a summer in a children's mental hospital in Atlanta, Evie is doing everything she can to fit back in at school.
Jackson Deveaux is new to the school, along with several of his Cajun friends from across the bayou. He is the typical bad-boy. Did a stint in jail, rides a motorcycle, carries a hip flask. And he's totally enraptured with Evie.
Jack and Evie spark at every moment, until something momentous happens... Evie's apocalyptic visions come true. Now Jack and Evie have to depend on each other while Evie learns about who she really is... a member of the Major Arcana. A war is coming, and Evie and Jack will have to do everything they can to survive it.
This book is not your typical post-apocalyptic read. While there are a form of zombies, no government, and humanity turning on itself, there's also a PNR edge to it that Kresley Cole makes shine through. The idea of people being the cards of a tarot deck, their powers based on their cards, is wonderful. Completely unlike anything I've ever read before!
I instantly fell in love with Evie and Jack, although the fact that I still don't quite know where they stand together is a little annoying, it also helps set up the next book. If you've never read Kresley Cole before, this book would be a great introduction! I totally recommend picking it up today! ”
“Super bueno!”JC wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Poison Princess is Kresley Cole's first YA book and the first in a series called the Arcana Chronicles. It's a complex story with unique and original elements that we haven't seen in other dystopian books. My one gripe would be that 2 lead characters (Evie and Jackson) are often exasperating. Still, the story is so full of promise - so many possibilities! There is romance, but it's not the main plot. THere is also fast paced action, fantasty/magic, mystery and even a true "creepy" factor (Arthur). I can't wait to see where the next one leads. ”lindajoy wrote this review Thursday, March 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it! Can't wait for the next book in the series.”Chris W wrote this review Wednesday, March 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Finally, a book that doesn't end in a stereo typical way. Kresley leaves us wanting more and I'm okay with that. So.... SPOILERS AHEAD.......... SPOILERS AHEAD..........
Evie's Gran says she will kill all 21 other Major Arcana.. Doesn't the 21 include Matthew, Finn, and Selena? So she's supposed to kill them, too? I'm confused about that one. Most likely her realization that Finn was most likely pretending to be Jackson kissing Selena was something I didn't think about. I'm mad at myself for not thinking that right away. I feel like I've sold Jackson short especially after he bared his feelings to Evie. also, there is the unexplained explanation with his scarred hands that are constantly wrapped. I think there is some big reveal with that that kresley is saving for a later book. I gotta admit, I hate books about witches nowadays, but this didn't bother me as much. I don't like spell casting, brewing caldrons, etc., but Evie isn't one of those witches which made it easier for me to enjoy the book. I assume the next book will pick off right where this book left off because Evie still needs to get to NC. Also, Selena must be a master of persuasion with her doubts. That isn't even really her mansion, right? She somehow uses the moon to help her?? Finn reminds me of Simon Hunt from Mageri series with his scheming, wicked sense of humor and his wanting to shag anything that moves. He also knew somehow that Evie would end up at Arthur's place, right? He said towards the end that he never expected her to walk in. What's that about? Anyways, I really loved this book. It was a refreshing read, shows great promise for a lengthy series and I'm glad that Kresley left us wondering about Jackson and Evie versus giving us the typical happy ending. evie still needs to explore her powers and like Mtthew said, JD hurts her when he tries to help. I think that means he hinders her from being able to see her maximum potential, but now that he's caught a glimpse of it, maybe it may be easier for her to unleash her potential. Gotta find out more about book 2 if there is any news out there yet.”
“WOW. That's how YA is done. Love Cole!
Can't wait for the next book.”
“a good start to a new series...hard to put done...however frustrating the ending may be with no telling when the next book comes out!”Janai H wrote this review Sunday, February 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I could not put this book down. I read it in a day =)”Nikki wrote this review Thursday, January 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Original idea, excellent world building and fantastic writing :)”nicole r wrote this review Tuesday, January 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No