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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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    C Port Orange, FL, United States 08-29-13
    C Port Orange, FL, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "LOVED this story and the Narration!!!"
    What did you love best about Poison Princess?

    The apocalyptic plot and the well-developed romance between Jack and Evie.


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

    Though it shared some common characteristics with other popular YA books, the story was quite different from anything else I have recently read.


    What about Emma Galvin and Keith Nobbs ’s performance did you like?

    They were both incredibly enthralling in their roles, LOVED Emma Galvin's performance!


    Any additional comments?

    Though I am sometimes hesitant to read YA books (as I am an adult) I really enjoyed this read, which was especially great as an audiobook with the great narration. Relationships were developed over time and seemed realistic, I really liked the lead characters and enjoyed the plot development. Really glad I gave this book a chance!!! Was hard to put it down!!!

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    Amazon Customer Birmingham, AL 06-08-13
    Amazon Customer Birmingham, AL 06-08-13 Member Since 2010

    I Love Reading, or in this case listening :-)

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    "Expect the Unexpected.."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Poison Princess to be better than the print version?

    Probably not but it was a very consuming audiobook.


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

    I have nothing to compare it to, I normally don't ask read apocalyptic novels but this one had me snared.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene by the barn was pretty intense. But the ending was probably my favorite.


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

    If I could have yes, but breaking up made the enjoyment last longer.


    Any additional comments?

    Evie, Jack, the whole cast will enthrall haven't doubt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. E. M. Miley NM, USA 02-25-13
    J. E. M. Miley NM, USA 02-25-13 Member Since 2010

    JMiley

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    "Only okay"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was good, but not as good as I thought it would be. Emma Galvin is amazing, though. I love her narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Christiano Seneca Falls, NY 02-04-13
    A. Christiano Seneca Falls, NY 02-04-13 Member Since 2012

    I get unreasonably attached to fictional characters

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    "Shallow characters, bad Cajun accent as dialog"
    What would have made Poison Princess better?

    Weird concept that never really gets explained...teenagers as tarot cards that must fight to the death?


    What could Kresley Cole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not have written it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Cajun accent was just...awful.


    What character would you cut from Poison Princess?

    All of them except Matthew. All of the characters are spiteful, bratty teenagers.


    Any additional comments?

    Just don't do it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane St. George, UT, United States 12-26-12
    Diane St. George, UT, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself! I am the author of "Over the Moon" and "Falling Off the Planet." They are both YA Sci-fi fantasy romance.

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    "Read at Your Own Risk"

    After listening to the prologue, I thought I'd made a horrible mistake purchasing this book. However, I kept reading. It was better seen through the eyes of the "poison princess" than through those of the serial killer/evil "hermit" guy. There was a colossal amount of teen angst which threw me to seek solace in other books on a few occasions. Yes, you could say the story's love angle gets dicey and terribly intense with bickering and jealousy, the kind that I hate. I loved the Southern culture and the Cajun influence. The writing was excellent. The characters were interesting. The dystopian world was filled with disgusting survivors, totally devoid of any redeeming qualities, who made you lose hope in the human race after the apocalypse. I'm not sure I'll purchase the next installment. I'll have to wait and see how I feel when it comes out. It was a painful listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April Chelsea, AL, United States 10-13-12
    April Chelsea, AL, United States 10-13-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a twenty-something lit nerd who enjoys Romance, Fantasy and YA Fiction. I like strong female heroes and entertaining readers.

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    "A great story with an average reader"

    I'd gotten Poison Princess in paper right when it first released in early October. The problem with reading a book and then listening to the audio is that you have an idea of how characters are suppose to sound in your head. In my head Jackson's Cajun accent is like butter over the page, melting into my bones with every delivery of backwards subject/verb endings. I knew Evie would have a very reduced southern accent, but I also knew it would be there. After all, you don't grow up in a region without picking up bits and traces of the regional language quirks. Still, I loved the story so much that I wanted to have it in my audible collection too. I craved to hear these characters come to life in audio.

    First things first: I really, really, really like Emma Galvin's reading. I heard her in Veronica Roth's amazing apocalyptic YA novel Divergence and the character of Tris was brought to life by Galvin's fantastic rendering of that landscape. However, this is not her book.

    Galvin's rendition of Evie strikes me off key because while Evie probably does have a southern accent, her accent would be coastal southern; not Tennessee southern. It's a small complaint in the grand scheme of things, not terrible, not by any means the worst rendition of a southern accent that I'd ever heard, but just not Louisianan Southern. Also, while her french is well pronounced, her Cajun/Bayou accent leaves a bit to be desired. Luckily, Cole wrote Poison Princess with proper dialect in the words so while Galvin never successfully pulls off the Cajun lilt, it's hard to miss the accent's language style in the story.

    Story wise, Poison Princess is wonderful. If you enjoy reading about complicated love stories with an apocalyptic setting, you like watching a character go from Frau Shrinking Violet to Frau Badass with a lively cast of characters around them? Then I say go for it. It's quite the departure from Kresley Cole's usual XXX rated stories. Still, you can lower the rating on a book, but you can't take away an author's skill and talent at making believable and sympathetic characters. Give this one a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Clayton, NC, United States 10-10-12
    Phyllis Clayton, NC, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Go Kresley, Go!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Poison Princess to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print...but the audible version was great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nicely woven, good character development, interesting plot.


    What about Emma Galvin and Keith Nobbs ’s performance did you like?

    Ability to convey the right emotion at the right time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Apocalypse next week...then we're in for a dry spell.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola APO AP 10-06-12
    Nicola APO AP 10-06-12 Member Since 2010

    Steve

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    "10 Stars- I'm in Love"

    I have a love hate relationship with Kresley Cole, I LOVE all her books but hate that she keeps me anxiously awaiting her next release. An extraordinary list of characters, this book had it all; I laughed, cried, amazed, etc and in love with Jackson.....

    Readers, I recommend you purchase this one, TRUST me. I never thought I would ever "waste my credit" on young adults’ books, but..... if they’re all as good as this one………….hmmmmmmmmm.
    Readers, If you love, fantasy, Sci-fi and just a tab bit of romance, you will not regret this buy.
    Sighing..............

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    johnnaBaby SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 10-06-12
    johnnaBaby SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2011

    An innate Luv4Books! -Genres: Paranormal as my No.#1, some Contemporary Romance, and Young Adult that keeps up a niche for us Adults! ;)

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    "Excellent!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Worth the Credit! - Worth the Money!
    The 1st novel in awhile that has taken ahold of me and didn't allow me to slow down. You just havta know what's next!
    Strongly Recommend!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Midwest 10-04-13
    Amazon Customer Midwest 10-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Absorbing tale, colorless narration, cliched teens"

    The Poison Princess premise is interesting and fresh: Teenagers are periodically reincarnated during humanity's darkest times, fighting a battle to the death to entertain gods who no longer exist. Their gory, cyclical personas are memorialized as the characters in Tarot cards. The story is as much about young relationships, evolving feelings and teenage angst as it is a fantasy battle. I was intrigued, interested, entertained, and sad to find the final page.

    I put off starting the Arcana series because I'm a "vintage" adult and... come on... there's a squick factor to reading a YA book written by a hard-core adult fantasy romance writer. After reading, my feelings were a little mixed. KC doesn't tiptoe around teenage lust and sexuality - and rightly so. Ignoring sex and hormones in a book targeted to our worldly teenage culture would be seriously disrespectful. It's just that I had to do a bit of a number on my head to remember who the target audience is so I could bypass the "statutory rape" cultural taboo.

    Even as I enjoyed the story, there were a few things that gave me eye rolls: "Romance Novel" cliches; some creaky plot contrivances that might be resolved in the later books; and excessive, helpless whininess from Evie -- *months* past the point she should have started hardening up.

    Worst was the narration. Emma Galvin has a charming voice, but she's a one-trick pony. Her attempt at Jack's cajun accent made me cringe - especially since a Creole dialect is almost inhumanly charming. At least she could have practiced the flow and pronunciation instead of fumbling all over the words. Plus, there was little differentiation between character voices past the introductory sentences. I'm spoiled by more experienced narrators, and I think she needs a lot of coaching on how to bring the characters to life.

    Enjoyable book, but I'm hoping the rest of the series tightens up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Phoenixangelique
    Birmingham, UK
    7/10/13
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    "Just WOW and oh no!"
    Where does Poison Princess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten for certain


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

    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.


    What about Emma Galvin and Keith Nobbs ’s performance did you like?

    The character differentiation is first rate especially from Emma as is her ability to switch accents.


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

    yes, unfortunately I wasn't able to but I was able to complete it within 24 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    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!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • tanya
    exmouth, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Happy surprise"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne Finnegan
    Dublin, Ireland
    9/1/13
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    "Fantastic!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J
    Kensington, South Africa
    2/14/13
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    "Fabulous!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Wales
    11/27/12
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    "Another winner!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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