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
Unlike other reviewers, this was my first Kresley Cole read, and now I'm ready for more! Some YA books are CLEARLY for YOUNG adults, and some really impress with their maturity. This story falls into the latter category.
I was initially reluctant to purchase this one, as I wasn't crazy about the title or the cover, but the reviews sold me, and the story more than lived up to the hype. When I look forward to doing dishes, so I can listen to an audio book in the kitchen, then I know I've found a winner...and Poison Princess definitely fit that bill!
It's a great story, easy to follow yet very exciting!
Evie's and Jack's budding romance
She's the perfect reader for Evie in this series and he is great as the alchemist!
When Jack arrived at Evie's home and convinced her to leave with him.
As I have stated in previous reviews I only buy audios of books that I have read and really like. Reading the book kicks in my own imagination adding an element to the story that you cant get in audio format. This makes the "narration" so important in audiobooks. A bad narrator can destroy a great book.
Jack (so intense) and I cant quite figure him out,
When Evie takes off on her own to rescue Matthew and Jack follows her.
Surprise!! at how much I enjoyed the book and the audio.
Emma Galvin did a great job with all the characters both male and female. The story line is like a cross between "The Hunger Games" series and Jennifer Armentrouts "Lux" series. Both of those series were great by the way.
Poison Princess is one of the best of it's genre. I was totally engaged from the beginning and I'm so glad it's a series. As a "seasoned" adult, YA novels are a hit or miss with me. The storyline and dialogue have to be sophisticated enough to hold my attention, even though I know I'm not the target audience. Kresley Coles' writing does just that. Add Emma Gavin, one of my favorite young female narrators and this was a 5 star listen for me!!
I can't wait to read what happens in Book 2 of this series!!
I love KC's IAD series for all it's intense love scenes and paranormal activity, however, this series are for Young Adult readers in which the love scenes are dyed down into high school romances and the paranormal activity is increased by a different set of magical taro cards that describe mystical characters...too many characters.
During the first part of the book the story hooks you in by this guy acting as a hospitiable host but really he's a psycho mad scientist that traps innocent girls in the basement and uses them for experiments. When he lures Evie into his house she tells him a story about how she survives "the Flash" which is a apocalypse that wipes out Earth and is left with boogie men (vampire like creatures) and rebellious armies of canabils or wannabe soldiers. Evie and her beau struggle to survive the aftermath of distruction but she gets seperated from him and tries to find her way back to her grandmother who might have the answers as to why she predicted the Flash and how she developed certain powers. She finds bits and pieces of her grandma's tales of how she's a part of these taro cards and how there's a war coming in which she has to choose sides and fight.
Evie's first part of her back story is totally irrelevant to the whole story and just added more unnecessary characters. Evie is protrayed as a young, naive gal who had high school friends that were eliminated during the flash. The rest of the story after the flash is relevant and only describes bits and pieces of the 22 taro characters who's either friend or foe.
It's an overall good story but drawn out at some parts. I'm debating on whether or not to go forward to the next book or return this one. This book didn't keep my attention like her other series did.
This is one of the best series i have ever listened to hands down. im only sad it took me this long t find this book.
I loved the spot on narration, which perfectly suited the incredible story. I have been rechecking regularly for book two. The two narrators , Emma Galvin and Keith Nobbs, gave me shivers with their ability to draw me into the book. I felt like I was there, watching the story unfold before my mind's eye.
I couldn't guess what was coming, which is my litmus test for a good book.
ALL OF IT! Amazing!
I found myself listening with the lights on...parts of it really had me goosed. Really. I got goosebumps and chills, but also found myself laughing out loud and wanting to cheer.
Kresley Cole has become my favorite author. With this book, I consider her one of the most incredible character creators out there. Such imagination. Thanks for taking my mind on that journey!
Crazy red head who's head over heels about family, friends and life in general!
I like reading young adult when I feel the need for a good story and this book most definitely did not disappoint. Young Evie and Jack come from different proverbial sides of the track and are thrown together after the "flash" for a journey of discovery and survival. As Evie grows into her powers from a wallflower to Empress of the Arcana, Jack takes her on the ride of her life, literally and figuratively. Their connection is undeniable as they try to fight attraction, self doubt and raw teenage emotions. All this while fighting off the voices in her head, killing zombies, thwarting bad guys, dealing with the death of their families and a deadly game where only one Arcana will come out on top. The story has interesting characters that are all very different. The plot is well laid, the relationships are well developed and the story is thought provoking. Kudos Kresley for reaching outside your regular writing to bring us this wonderful story. Now, my one complaint. I just wish I'd waited a few more days to listen because the second book isn't out yet!
I love Kresley Cole, but I'm not a big fan of young adult novels so I was pleasantly surprised when the story hooked me from the first. It had a refreshing lack of the whiny angst that I had come to associate with YA. Emma Galvin did a great job. I loved her husky, youthful sound. She really brought the story to life for me.
I'm recommending this book to everyone!! It's AMAZING!!!
I loved this book and I keep looking for the next one in the series.
"Just WOW and oh no!"
Top ten for certain
This is a new genre style for me, and one I intent to continure hunting through so as yet the only thing that I have this to compare to even remotely is the highlander stories...there must be only one.
The character differentiation is first rate especially from Emma as is her ability to switch accents.
yes, unfortunately I wasn't able to but I was able to complete it within 24 hours.
The oh no! is because the next book in the series hasn't yet been released even on print and I want it in either format so MUCH!!!
I had avoided this as I was worried a YA by kresley would not hold a candle to her IAD series ... Then one day had a spare credit and decided to take a chance .... The end result ... 3 nightshifts flew by . I admit I was wrong and this story really caught me . I can't wait for the next instalment
This was my first venture into the world of audio books and I'm sorry that I waited so long. I was concerned that I would find it hard to concentrate on the story if I was busy doing other things, like housework etc., but I had no such problem. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and didn't feel like I was working at all. While I have no experience otherwise, I enjoyed how these narrators, Emma Galvin and Keith Nobbs, portrayed the characters. And I feel that this job being well done, added to my enjoyment of the book overall.
The basic concept of this book comes from a Tarot card deck. For every card, there is a teenager who represents it.
Evie is pretty, popular and well off, living in the second biggest house in town. Jackson, is a Cajun, from the Bayou, where their houses are little more than shacks. Evie and her friends look down at the Cajun's when they start at their school, but after the Flash, it seems Jackson may be the only one left who can protect her.
This book begins with the POV of Arthur, a creepy guy who keeps girls in his cellar. When Evie stumbles upon his house and begins to tell him her story, we move onto her POV. We learn about her life before the Flash, and after, about her mother, Jackson, and other interesting characters we meet along the way.
Evie and Jackson were both really likeable characters. Their relationship starts out really antagonistic with Evie hating the fact that she has to rely on him. As they journey across the country together, her feelings for him change. Very frustratingly though, she doesn't trust him enough to share the secrets he knows she has, and this is pushing him away. Maybe even into the arms of another girl.
The secondary characters that they pick up along the way were an interesting bunch, each one representing one of the Tarot cards. Celena is the moon card, and the bringer of doubt. Phin is the magician and Matthew, the psychic, is an autistic boy that Evie looks to for direction, but who sometimes just leaves her with more questions.
I thought the ending of this was just brilliant. Answering a question I'd been wondering about the entire book. Evie embraces her power and what she can do and as we finish, Jackson is just staring at her open mouthed. I'm really excited for the next book.
*As I listened to this one, I feel that some of the names/words may be spelt differently than what appeared in the book, so apologise for any discrepancies.
Even though I normally can't stand paranormal or fantasy elements, I loved this book. The focus stays mainly on the relationship between Evie and Jack - who is the most gorgeous hero since ever.
I thought the narrator was excellent, too. She really mastered the French and Cajun accents, and did a good job of differentiating between characters without this intruding on the story.
My only complaint? The sequel isn't out yet!
Kresley Cole is already one of my favorite authors and this new series is well up to her usual high standard - the narrators of the book (especially Emma Galvin) are brilliant and it is the first book in ages that I didn't know where it was going and didn't want it to end - well done and I eagerly await the next in the series and keep my fingers crossed that Ms Galvin will be narrating again.
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