Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review ~ Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Genre: YA paranormal/dystopia-ish
Series and number: The Arcana Chronicles #1
Number of pages: 384
Edition: ebook
Link to Goodreads page

Goodreads description:

Evangeline “Evie” Greene, 16, leads a charmed life until her horrifying hallucinations predict a disaster that decimates her Louisiana hometown. She joins classmate Jack - with his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, bad attitude - and 22 other teens, as an ancient prophesy re-enacts the ultimate battle between good and evil. But who is on which side?

My review:

Rating: 4.5 stars
Date read: July 25-27, 2013
Source: Read for free on PulseIt

That. Was. Awesome. 

The beginning and the ending—especially the ending—were just slices of fantastic and creepy awesomeness. Want a book with a great ending? Want a book where a totally messed up situation completely turns around and becomes more wicked? Read this book.

Poison Princess started out in Arthur's POV. Arthur was a sick, twisted, and cruel man that lured girls into his welcoming place to tell their journey. . . only to trap them in his dungeon for experiments. So, when Evie came in and began telling her tale with the warning that it might've never been real in the first place. . . I just knew that she would deliver the karma that Arthur deserved. For the entire book, I waited and anticipated that moment that would prove Evie had a wicked and twisted side to her.

However, her journey to Arthur had to be recounted. That's what the entire book was: it was Evie telling her story before and after the Flash. It was her telling about all the death, destruction, and evilness she had witnessed in the new apocalyptic world. It was her series of experiences where she remained weak and helpless, and unsure of herself, her powers, and even her own humanity. All of it built up to the moment when she was just fed up and she . . . lost it. Like I said, it was awesome, and I really liked how the author went wrote the book.

The other great part of the book was its content—the Arcana, the Red Witch, the plants, the visions, the apocalypse itself. It was fresh. Original. It was like an ancient game between tarot cards was being played. It was a blend of fantasy with an apocalyptic setting, as well as the past (Evie's story), the present (with Arthur), future (the visions), and a little bit of history (dreams of the Red Witch). It all made the book very interesting and exciting.

I did, however, have problem with one thing, and that one thing is two syllables long: Jackson. I wanted to like him—I’m very open-minded and accepting of most main characters—but this guy was a jerk. He constantly fought with Evie, and questioned why she wouldn’t trust him with her secrets. He put her down and called her weak all the time instead of actively helping her become stronger. He was constantly implying that she was judging his every move because she was the pampered girl and he was the trash. I do understand that early on she did misjudge him, but after awhile, she didn’t really do anything that warranted those constant implications. 

The main thing that bothered me was how upset he got when Evie wouldn't “put-out” for him, and I . . . can’t bring myself to like a character that gets as upset as he did over a girl not have sex with him.

"'Did you save me just so I'd sleep with you?'
'The idea might've crossed my mind! Hell, Evie, you're probably the last girl on earth for me. Would it kill you to put out?'"

Again, I’m open-minded when it comes to characters. I think about why the characters were built and developed the way they were instead of judging their actions. In this case, though, Jackson was an exception. 

Despite the leading guy, this was a wonderful book. Many parts creeped me out and many made me say “oh, that’s awesome” (sometimes it was both). The beginning developments of the Arcana battles made me curious—most of the why’s and how’s weren’t brought into the story of the first book—and now I’m even more eager to get my hands on the sequel when it releases.

Overall, Poison Princess very well deserved the four and a half stars I’m giving it.


  1. I LOVE Kresley Cole! Have been kind of scared to get into this series, didn't want to hate it. I've known some authors to venture out if their genre and bomb. But you seem to like it, so I might give it a go!

    Sarah @ Kitties Like Books Too

    1. This is the only book I've read by her, but it seems like she's a good author. I like her ideas.

  2. I love your reviews, you always seem like you know what to say. I'm so jealous because I can never find the right words for my review.
    I've seen so many good reviews for this book, and your review just sealed the deal. I really want to read it as it sounds incredibly original.
    Great review as always, I look forward to them.

    1. Thank you. :)

      I'm so glad you like my reviews. Honestly, I often times feel like you do--like I can't find the right words to say. So, it's so great that you think that about my reviews.

      I really hope you love this book. It's a great one and it deserves more attention.


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