Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Poison Princess" By: Kresley Cole Review

"Poison Princess"
By: Kresley Cole

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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….
My Thoughts
     Kresley Cole can write a book. She can write a damn good book that makes you run to your computer to anxiously await the sequel when you’ve only just put it down in the first place. Poison Princess is a young adult novel and fairly different from what Cole has wrote in the past, but nonetheless a damn good book! A kick-ass heroine, handsome alpha hero, tarot cards, mysterious strangers, high drama and a little romance...what more do you need?
     Evie is pretty much your average high school girl with the same insecurities we all have, with one little catch; she’s having very vivid dreams and hallucinations of fire and death. Instead of her family being understanding or trying to talk to her about her issues, they send her off to a mental ward to be committed and when she returns, they act as if nothing has happened. Beyond having distant parents, at school she is being strangely attracted to a new and of course mysterious boy, Jackson Deveraux.
      So how much do you want to know? Because boy howdy, is there a lot going on in this
one. I love the Immortals After Dark series (I’ve reread Lothaire so many times now, I can almost recite the book in my sleep) and when I originally heard that Cole’s new YA book would take place in somewhat the same world, I was wary. How could a YA interpretation ever fit in with my naughty werewolves and smart assed witches? Yet, it works out pretty well with Cole’s signature wit very apparent throughout.
      The characters in Poison Princess represent the Tarot decks of cards. Each character represents a certain card and in turn, will use those powers and characteristics in the apocalypse. An ancient fight of good vs. evil, with teenagers battling it out. Who do you want to win? The answer may seem easy but as with Kresley Cole, her books are so intricate and emotionally draining, you just don’t know. Her so called “bad” characters can turn in an instant to be so gosh darn good that you don’t know what happened (again Lothaire!) and someone who may be perceived as good could be so evil it turns your stomach.
      Evie and Jack are wonderful characters, complex yet simple, strong yet in some ways are just teens with teen problems. I’m not going to go into the plot too much because to tell you the truth, I’m still processing everything that went on. Suffice to say, Cole hasn’t jumped the shark with her new series even though it is aimed towards a younger crowd. That same quick wit is very evident and the foreshadowing for the upcoming series was phenomenal. Different characters with different problems but very much a fun, interesting, and intriguing new series by one of my favorite authors!

Want to read an excerpt of Poison Princess 
before it comes out on October 2nd?
And of course, Daisy Jane shared my excitement!! 

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Kresley Cole and information on her books check out her website and The Arcana Chronicles
Be sure to check out Kresley on Facebook and Goodreads
Shadow’s Claim comes out on November 27, 2012
Who else is excited????


  1. I LOVE Kresley Cole and I can't wait for this book to be released!! LUCKY you getting an ARC!

  2. A standing ovation to Kresley Cole for bringing Poison Princess, Evie and Jackson into our lives. I loved every single aspect of this book. Writing style, Dialogue, Plot, Turns and it completely took my breathe away!

    A new favorite author for sure!

    Marlene Detierro (Pocket Knife Planet)