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
I enjoyed listening to the book while doing other activities. On its own I'd probably have found the book a bit too boring.
The readers where alright, but again I've heard much better.
Generally I quite like this genre of books, but this one just did not impresse me that much. I doubt that I'll continue the series.
I enjoy the book it started a little slow in a little confusing but once I got past that I'm glad I continued listening already bought the next book looking forward to see how it continues
It took me about 3 chapters to get into this book. it was hard to get where the author was going. When I finally realized what was going on, I was hooked. The story is quite original. I thought the author's grasp of character building was paced perfectly. There was never a time that I thought one of the characters acted in a way a normal person wouldn't.
I've never listened to one of Emma Galvin's narrations before. For the first couple of chapters it took my awhile to get used to her voice, but now I am looking forward to hearing her rendition of the next book in this trilogy.
A must read/listen to book!
I love to read... love to listen while I walk my dog, Sally Jo.
2nd time with this book.... better each time. and it's not just for YA readers!
Love books. I love to read and love to listen.
Love Kresley.. her stories are awesome and engaging. I make a habit of stalking her book lists.
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.
This book was dreadful. The story is rubbish and the main character is needy, whining and weak. She lets herself be pushed around and bullies into things simply because she wants to stay popular. Plus the author really shouldn't be encouraging young girls to allow themselves to be pushed into having sex just so their boyfriends won't leave them. What a disgrace! Surely we should should be teaching girls to have a little self respect and to never allow themselves to be bullies into any sexual activity they don't want. Will never read/listen to anything by this author again.
"This book got me hooked on Audio listening!"
After the first 4 Chapters I was hooked. This book is different from the normal 'thriller' genre I read but I really enjoyed it. The narator was excellent. I quickly got used to the American accent and really liked her. The story evolved slowly but became more gripping. I'll be reading the second book of the trilogy and also realised that another book I'd already added to my 'wish list' is read by the same narrator, so I'm now looking forward to that even more. I'm a beginner to audio books. This is the 3rd book I tried and I massively enjoyed it.
"Good start of series"
Yes. If you liked books with mythology, tarot cards, romance, an apocalypse situation and plenty of action this is the book for you.
This is a silly question. I'd be spoiling the story. I would just say to pay attention to Evie's dreams.
Only this series.
I was sad with a couple of events but I didn't cry.
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