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Poison Princess: Arcana Chronicles, Book 1 | [Kresley Cole]

Poison Princess: Arcana Chronicles, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

22 Arcana cards. 22 young assassins. May the best hand live. Introducing The Arcana Chronicles from number one New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole.

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 ii's not always clear who is on which side....

©2012 Kresley Cole (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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    Paula Mogi das Cruzes - SP, Brazil 01-27-13
    Paula Mogi das Cruzes - SP, Brazil 01-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, but I thought was better..."
    Would you try another book from Kresley Cole and/or Emma Galvin and Keith Nobbs ?

    Yes, because the author wrote a good story. I just hope for something more... The story get good only on the last chapter... Until that is a little boring.


    Has Poison Princess turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What aspect of Emma Galvin and Keith Nobbs ’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. I've heard other book read by Emma, and I like the way she works. About Keith, this was the first time, and I think is ok.


    What character would you cut from Poison Princess?

    Any one. There are fews character, and if I cut someone, how will be the story??


    Any additional comments?

    The book is good. A little boring in the begin, getting very good only in the last chapter. However, I think worth listening it if you have some extra credit, because on the end you understand (at least, I understood only on the final) the title "Poison Princess", and get expecting what will happen in the next book with the five characters the rest. Who will kill who? Why nobody attack until know? How much the others knows the true and all the rules?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Esmeralda HEMPSTEAD, NY, United States 10-11-12
    Esmeralda HEMPSTEAD, NY, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2009

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    "I have a love/hate thing going on with this book.."

    Uhh...I have this love-hate thing going on with this book...

    First, the story has these big holes, like Ms Cole maybe thought "this is YA, therefore it doesn't need a more rational or logical setting" Wrong Ms Cole. The whole apocalyptic scene needed a better setting (just my two cents, of course).

    That said....I absolutely loved the story! Do I make any sense? Of course not! But I did/do love it. So much that at some point I stopped my reading/listening , just so it didn't have to end so soon. Kind of idiotic, I know...sigh.

    The main characters, well don't even get me started on the subject. Safe to say, I did not like Evie or Jackson that much....but...this kind of make sense due to the dark side and twists in the story, they were a good fit . This wasn't pretty but it was well done.

    Needless to say I want the next book, as soon as possible. ;0)

    I would give Emma Galvin only three of the five stars because her French and/or Cajun was deplorable.




    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lisa frisco, TX, United States 10-06-12
    lisa frisco, TX, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I Luv luv this book"

    After searching forever for a new series to start, I found this one. Awesome write and great story line. Emma Galvin is a great reader for this story. I would follow her into any story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 10-06-12
    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2012

    I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)

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    "Clear a whole cause you won't stop listening!"
    Would you listen to Poison Princess again? Why?

    Yes, I absolutely Love Jackson...hmmmm


    What other book might you compare Poison Princess to and why?

    This book really stands out, I can not praise enough on the creativity of this book I was stunned into listening the whole without a single pause.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wow, I have way more then one and I'm not going to spoil anything :-D


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yup and I did


    Any additional comments?

    When is the next one coming out?!?!? I am completely hooked on this story and its killing me!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Oxana Oleynik Bruchsal, Germany 12-17-12
    Oxana Oleynik Bruchsal, Germany 12-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice fairy tale"

    Until it became too much unrealistic the book was interesting, however the rest of the story was just a time pass.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Bloomfield, NJ, United States 10-04-12
    Michelle Bloomfield, NJ, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Another Kresley Cole Great"

    After seeing how much I enjoy listening to other Kresley Cole stories, my 13 year old was so happy when I told her that there would be a young adult series. Although there are some parts that are too intense for her, teenagers and adults will love this book as much as I do and I do love this book. The way she works the story is amazing. And the two narrators usually don't work well but Emma Galvin always does a great job and she works very well with Keith Nobbs who sounds a lot like the great Robert Petkoff. There are moments that Evangeline truly gets annoying as a result for her stubbornness and even stupidity, but by the end of the book she becomes a total bad ass.I truly can't wait for the next book. It's so worth getting.

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    Karen DUMFRIES, VA, United States 10-25-12
    Karen DUMFRIES, VA, United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2009

    Graduated college, got a job, got married, traveled, had children. Breathing air and growing hair.

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    "Too dark for YA let alone MA"

    I wanted to like this book but the narration was awful. A girl from Louisiana with NO accent?
    There was a flatness to the delivery that did not make this enjoyable at all.
    The rendition of the males was OK. There didn't seem to be a need for 2 narrators. That being said the story was so hopeless and dark. The confusion was never ending. I wanted to root for the good guys but had trouble with the apocalytic nature of the book. I have been a Cole fan in the past but hmmmm. What is this trend for authors to get you hooked and invested in a series then they start an new one then another. JR Ward and Gena Showalter come to mind. I wonder if the lackluster performance caused this book to be so poorly rated. The major characters are nicely drawn but some of the minor ones are too annoying.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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