Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) by Kresley Cole

Title: Poison Princess
Series: The Arcana Chronicles, #1
Author: Kresley Cole
Category: Paranormal/ Romance/ Dystopian
Genre: Mature Young Adult/NA
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.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:

This book!!


This book, to me, was absolutely amazing! I am so happy that I picked it up and read it. And honestly, I really just want to thank Cole for writing a book that I fell so in love with. It was worth the wait and suspense!

First, here are three reasons why I loved Poison Princess so much:

     1. The location of Poison Princess: Why I loved the location of the book, is because I partially grew up in Louisiana. Houma, Louisiana to be exact. It's where my dad is from, therefore I spent a lot of time there visiting family. So, I was able to  picture the environment, the feel and the scenery of the book quite well. In a way, it made the book just more believable and real. I could really immerse myself into the location and imagery.

     2.  The Cajun-French language and dialect: Again, since I grew up visiting and spending a lot of time in Louisiana, the accent and dialect is very familiar to me. When Jackson would speak or when another Cajun character would talk, I could hear the accent perfectly in my head! And not only that, I also knew some of the Cajun-French words. Yes… I understood it. I have been called cher (sha) my whole life… So, Cajun-French is something I am very familiar with and so I was able to really feel connected to the book. It just made it even more real for me.

     3.  The tarot cards: The third reason I loved this book so much was because of the role tarot cards played in the book. Why? Well, I used to read tarot cards. Not well, of course, and I am still in the process of learning to read them. And I haven’t touched my deck in a long time, but since I know a bit about tarot cards, this helped me understand more aspects of the book. I knew most of the cards meanings and it was just another factor I love that was in Poison Princess! 

So, again I have to put into words on how much I love a book. And frankly, it’s very challenging! Poison Princess was a book I waited for not so patiently. I had hopes and expectations. Which I try to avoid when it comes to books, but this book did not disappoint me at all! No, it was the total opposite of that. I wasn't expecting anything close to what happened in Poison Princess. It took me on an exciting, dark, alluring and incredible ride. And just by chapter one, I was enthralled with this book!

      “Come, touch, but you'll pay a price

In Poison Princess you enter into a world I never imagined before. Evangeline or Evie, is definitely different. There are things she can do, and things she ‘sees’. And all she wants is a normal life. As normal as she can get in her hometown in Louisiana and after what she’s been through over the summer, normal is very hard to find. With strange visions, and just the most random and oddest of things happening, Evie is trying her very best just to appear normal. But on her first day back to  school, she meets the oh-so-charming Cajun bad boy, Jackson Deveaux.

Immediately, Jackson starts a weird interest with Evie, and she can’t handle this bad boy's attention, not with her too vivid nightmares. And as Jackson’s attention escalates, not only is Evie’s world turn upside down, but well, everyone’s is. Her nightmares weren't just nightmares, they were visions of the future and they are coming true.

Then with Jackson by her side, Evie must face things she never thought she would. She’ll also have to put her trust in the Cajun bad boy if she wants to survive.

Again I felt his eyes on me.

I feel Evie was sort of a relatable character. She handles the situation that’s she’s put in, well, like a teenage girl. Like how I most likely would handle the situation. Full on freak out, and deny everything! HA! I could feel for her at times, she just wants to be normal and she is so far from it. And at first, she seemed like she couldn't do much, she really depends on Jackson as the story progresses. And I felt she wasn't strong or brave enough, but that definitely changes. She changes, and she grows. Her character matures and accepts her situation. When that happened, I really started liking Evie. She really does have a certain strength and courage that is her own.

Now, on to Jackson!!!
 Dear sweet mother of everything that is holy in this world. Jackson Deveaux. Just his name makes me…. hee hee! He’s truly a bad boy, the one you know you have to stay away from, but he’s so hot you just can’t! Cole did amazing job with this wrong-side-of-the-bayou- bad boy! He really is a bad boy, too. Not just slightly, but deeply. But he’s also really smart. And when he said this; ‘”I ain’t making excuses for ‘em. Just think you women civilize us men. Without you around, we…devolve or something.”’ I fell even more in love with him. He knows how important women are! And as the story progresses, you see many layers of Jackson. I believe that’s what I enjoyed the most. All the different sides to him.  Plus, with that accent and drop-dead sexiness about him….. of course I fall in love with this boy!  I think I could just keep going on and on about Jackson. I really could…

Anyways! Like Evie, Jackson shows character growth. And not only did I enjoy Jackson’s character, Cole filled the book with other amazing characters. Some I really enjoyed, some I am suspicious about, and some I just love! I also liked the relationship of Jackson and Evie. Why? Well, they disliked each other at first. They definitely didn't get along and they have so many challenges that they face. I don’t know why I love it when the couples in a book first dislike each other, but I just enjoy it more when they do! They aren't perfect, and they come from different sides of the bayou, so they see ‘life’ differently. They do grow, and begin to understand each other. But the book takes some serious turns, and well, I can’t go on explaining that… I will definitely spoil something if I do!

The setting of the book, as I have mentioned, is something I love. I also loved that Cole put in Cajun French! Not only did I love those two things, but I found Cole’s interpretation of the Major Arcana cards quite interesting! I loved how she combines this with our world, the story behind them, and how they play a major part in the book. Oh, and I enjoyed that we get to see the apocalyptic events before and after in Poison Princess. Most books, in the apocalyptic genre, happen way after the events. So it’s nice to see a book that takes place in such devastating time. I do know one thing, if the events of this book ever take place, I wouldn't be able to survive unless I had that sexy bad-boy Jackson by my side!!!

I was with the boy that monsters should fear.

Cole also did an amazing job with the details in Poison Princess. It had a nice and easy pace. It never felt rushed or felt unnatural. Also, I really loved Cole’s writing style, the imagery was magnificent. The humor that appears in the book definitely was nice. From the action scenes to the parts where nothing was really happening were attention-grabbing. Cole really had amazing factors in this book, and she pulled it all together quite pleasantly.

And I just can't get over how Cole ended Poison Princess, my jaw is still on the floor after finishing it. That cliffhanger! 

I mean…I really and seriously need the next book! I can’t stop thinking about it, and I just have to know!  

All in All, Cole created a very dark and hauntingly, alluring book.
Majestic and brilliant.

A story about the future of our world, so vivid, it felt real.


  1. you and your gifs! I just love them! First off, fabulous review as always! I am so glad you liked Poison Princess. I am hoping to read this one soon, but maybe I'll wait if the cliffhanger is as bad as I think it is.

    Jackson sounds like a yummy piece of red velvet cake, why red velvet? cause red velvet is badass! thats why!

    Like I said, amazing review as always, you always gets your point across so perfectly!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

    p.s. you know what I was just thinking? I wish Magen had a get my posts to your email thingie on her blog so she could join my inbox with my other favorites so get on that! haha jk you dont have to lol =]

    1. HA HA HA HA I always look forward to your comments girl! And Thank you so much! Poison Princess is worth the read! And YES!!! Cake! Red velvet and Jackson.. mmmmmmmmm!!! It is badass! And as I said on twitter, it's just awesome!

      And I love gifs! They just help with expressing emotions better :)

      I need to put that email thingie up... First I must figure out how! Ha!!!

      Teresa, you are amazing! Thank you for stopping by my blog :)

  2. LOVED this book! Everything about this book was amazing! I need more Jackson in my life. And I couldn't get enough to the Cajun-French. Evil cliffhanger is evil. (But I forgive her, because Jackson.) That is one book I am going to be on pins and needles waiting for. I almost wish I hadn't read it so soon after it came out, because now I have that much longer to wait.

    Awesome review! Spot on with the gifs.

    1. I feel the exact same way! But I couldn't wait on reading this book, it just seemed so awesome! :) And I do forgive her for the cliffhanger too, 'cause of the awesomeness that is Jackson ;) ha ha

      Thank you for taking the time and reading my review! And I just love gifs :D

  3. I totally agree with^^, you really caught the spirit of the book.. When I was reading, everything just popped back in my mind(in the Jackson part I was practically drooling). Thank you for doing this rewiew, I really enjoyed it :D

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