Dark and Enticing: A Review of POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) POISON PRINCESS
Kresley Cole
384 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher

I should not exist. But I do.

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…

   It doesn’t happen always: I read a book. And no matter how much I try to distract myself, it just keeps nagging at my heart and soul. When I flipped over the last page of POISON PRINCESS, it happened. Better yet? It only happens when I least expect it to.

   Kresley Cole’s young adult debut is the answer to the question, what if the characters on Tarot cards were real? To top it off, it’s the apocalypse. Post and pre. We see the life of Evie days before the Flash, which threw the Earth into turmoil and killed off most of the population, and after the Flash, where she’s struggling, not only to live, but to understand her life. And maybe, just maybe, the harder part is understanding, not living.

   Evie isn’t your typical character. She isn’t the shunned crazy girl you would expect her to be. She’s popular, the life of the party, and, well, crazy. Or according to her grandmother, not. She’s rich, so she’s also soft, and pretty hardheaded.

   I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to love POISON PRINCESS. I wasn’t even expecting to like it. Because the first few pages dragged me into a different world, with, (shall I say) odd writing. I read a few pages and set it down. But here’s the thing: I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The world was just so enticing, so real. I had to pick it up again. And the plot was unbelievable. I had no idea what to expect. Evie and Jackson are an odd couple, completely different, and completely repelled by each other, but I liked every bit of their banter.

   Kresley Cole’s writing was, like I said, different. But I couldn’t help but notice how solidly the world took shape around me, how the characters seemed to come to life, and how the plot seemed all too real.

   The ending left me heartbroken. With the return of Evie’s memory and a destiny as frightening as her nightmares, the already tension-filled POISON PRINCESS threw a new light on things within the very last pages. I’m sure things will play out well in the next book, which I am dying to get my hands on already, but until then, I will keep wondering, and worrying.

   Dark and enticing, POISON PRINCESS is a whirlwind of a book, with incredible, standout characters, and a dynamic plot. Kresley Cole did pretty well.

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October 4, 2012



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    October 3, 2012

    I loved this book….like book affair loved it. Glad to see you liked it, too–maybe not as much as me, but it's still a like!

    YA Sisterhood

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    Jesse Burgoyne

    October 3, 2012

    I am definitely buying this book! I keep hearing such amazing things about it and can't wait to find out about Cole's world for myself. And now I'm very intrigued to see how her writing is different :)

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    October 3, 2012

    This sounds so fascinating! I am glad you loved it so much and am very anxious to get into it! Although, I have to read something else first, because I just read a book with the MC named Evie, and I'll get confused if I don't break it up, lol! :)

    Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books

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    Emma Meade

    October 3, 2012

    Sounds great. Anything to do with tarot cards and the supernatural pulls me in.

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    October 3, 2012

    I've been wanting to check this author out since I read the premise. I love this genre. Sounds fabulous!!!

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    October 3, 2012

    OMG…I have to own a copy of this one. It sounds absolutely amazing. Awesome review!

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    Henrietta @ Leisure Reads

    October 3, 2012

    I was hoping that this would be a great-read and I'm glad that you really liked it!! It's awesome to learn that the characters and plot all seem really real. Thanks for sharing :)

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    Courtney Reads A Lot

    October 4, 2012

    Ooooh tarot cards! You got my attention! Amazing review! Definitely checking this out since I've heard so many good things. :)

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    Randi M

    October 8, 2012

    So excited Poison Princess is finally out! I've been waiting for months! :) I'm really happy to hear that the worldbuilding just sucks you in; I love a fantasy I can just fall into. Great review!

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    nurmawati djuhawan

    October 10, 2012

    can't wait to read this book… i love krealey cole !!!

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    Jaime Lester

    October 13, 2012

    Not a fan of the cover really, but a huge fan of the synopsis. And I like odd writing. After reading a few books with very strange writing, it kind of hooked me. It makes a book unique. Anyway, I am very much looking forward to this book. I can't wait to see what it was that brought you right back to it after you put it down.

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    October 15, 2012

    I have been wanting to read this novel, and after your review even more so. I have to get this!

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    Christina K.

    November 1, 2012

    It's awesome you loved it! It is such an exciting concept:)

    Awesome review:)

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    Alyssa Susanna

    January 23, 2013

    I loved this book so much! It's very different from most of the YA books out there – a job well done by Ms. Cole! An excellent YA debut. So glad you enjoyed it! :D

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!