Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)

Hardcover
369 pages
Published October 2nd 2012
by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
(first published October 1st 2012)

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….

This Book Contains: Sexual Content, Violence, Death, Destruction and Character Transformation.

Wow!  Pretty much sums up how I feel about this book.  I know it is hard sometimes for adult author to write for younger audiences but not for this author.  Everything in this book just flows so nicely.  I was hooked from the very start of this book.  The author really draws you in to where you can’t  possibly think about anything else except what is going on with this story.  You start to feel as if you are part of the story.  I had all the heart racing and emotional moments right along with the characters.
This story  follows Evangeline ‘Evie’ Greene.  She is your typical teenage rich girl with a hot boyfriend and great friends, but she holds a secret that if she told anyone it could destroy her whole little world. Evie has hallucinations about horrify events and people she has never met.  They seem to be trying to tell her something but she doesn’t understand why she is having them.  Her grandmother told her she was special and that she need to remember what she was teaching her but her mother said the old women was crazy.  She wouldn’t let Evie see her and now everything she thought was just in her head because of what her grandmother had been trying to teach her is now coming true.

First off everyone is always saying that there is nothing original about YA.  Let me tell you if  teenagers with special powers that are somehow linked to tarot cards  isn’t original than I don’t know what is!  I don’t think I have ever read something so original in my life.  You have a post-apocalyptic world with a teenage girl with vision of things she thought were just in her head now realizes that they are very real and she is the only one who can stop them.  Also, you have this boy named Jackson who was a complete ass to her the whole time in school and now she has to rely on him to help her find her grandmother so that she might possible get answers to this battle that she has to fight.

This book has everything anyone could want in a book other than a longer story.  What I mean by this, is that you get so invested in these characters that when it ends you feel like you must have more.  I am so anxious to read the next book.  I almost wish I had waited to read this so that I would have the sequel because the wait is almost unbearable.   This is a must read for any one who wants an original story.

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