I just finished reading Poison Princess by Kresley Cole for an Around the World ARC Tour.
#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….
This book was dark. Really dark. Too dark for me. I need at least a little light in my stories whether it be humor or a good romance or hope or something. But this book didn't have any of those things. And while that might be right up a bunch of readers' alleys, its not up mine.
The prologue started off really creepy and disturbing. I was completely freaked out right away. And the visions that Evie got didn't get any better. Eek. It was just too much for me. I do have to say that the idea of the characters on Tarot cards coming to life was a new one to me. And I enjoyed the idea of that.
Evie was okay. I liked that she was so nice although I'm not sure it was really believable. But I liked her for the most part. Jackson on the other hand--I couldn't stand him. I thought he was a jerk and condescending and I didn't get why Evie had any feeling for him at all. Even his accent and the way it was written got on my nerves.
The ending wasn't one I saw coming exactly. I mean, I did think that Evie would eventually accept her powers but not the way it happened in the story. And I think there's a lot left to come. Only I'm not sure I'll be picking up the next one. We'll see.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 76
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 63
2012 Debut Author Challenge: 20
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 66
*FTC Disclosure: I was given
this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World