Series: #1 The Arcana Chronicles
My opinion: Definitely. A. Must. Read!
In a nutshell: A brilliant and unique post-apocalyptic story.
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…
And Evie’s purpose? She’s supposed to be the Empress. I really understood her despair, her fears and anxieties, her mistakes because – she has the power either to save the world and humanity or to destroy everything. And despite all this things or rather BECAUSE she is such a broken and misunderstood girl I found myself miraculously connected to her character. Because she’s only SIXTEEN and already has to bear so much responsibility. Which teenage girl wouldn’t feel the same in this age, misunderstood and helpless?
Kresley Cole knows how to create a world full of mysteries because “Arcana means secret!“. Each chapter contains a new surprising twist. You’ll even find zombies in this book! But I also liked the way Kresley weaved more serious topics such as rape and autism into “Poison Princess” on the QT. There’s nothing else I can say except I so so so adore Kresley Cole’s writing!
And then, there is Jack. I’m gonna tell you, he’s my new book crush, oh Jackson Deveaux! He is the Bad Boy. He is strong. A player. Criminal. He flirts in French *___* . He is thoughtful. Dutiful. Loyal. He is always there for Evie when she needs him. He is the person that Evie needs.
And let me tell you, the book cover is almost perfect. The cover really creates and captures the somber and mysterious atmosphere in the book, especially with the “firewall” in the background. And on the backcover of the book you can see Jackson with his motorbike…….*-*
Oh, and Evie & Jackson in the foreground…….WOW! The golden letters and “adornments” are so pretty! It is only …I dunno, but I think the model depicting Jackson is a little bit too old. Hence the “almost” perfect.
Poison Princess is totally different from other books in the YA genre. Kresley Cole succeeds in creating a emotion-charged and “visually stunning” world with so many new (fantasy) elements. She knows how to tell a good story without getting lost in the plot and all the topics or slowing the pace. Most of all, the authenticity of the story (when it comes to utter chaos and survival) and the adorable-ness of the main characters are simply outstanding.