Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles) By: Kresley Cole

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 Review: 
I have always LOVED Kresley Cole's books, but I have to admit when I heard she was coming out with a YA series, I was a little hesitant on the uptake.  I have no problems with authors switching genres.  If I like the author, I will usually follow them on their different projects because I love to read.  But the market is currently flooded with books hoping to break out and BE the next Twilight in the Limelight.  So what can a great paranormal romance writer offer this genre that is slowly losing its fan-base?  EVERYTHING!  This was, hands down the BEST YA book I have ever read.  It has an enchanting darkness that weaves you into it's spell with it's midnight symphony that fills your very soul!!  If uniqueness is what thirst for, originality what you crave, then you need not look any further.  But be warned:  There are no sparkly love you or die without you in here!!!  The darkness is part of what makes this book such a phenomenal read.  `
Evie is your stero-typical high-class cheerleading beauty on the outside, that hides the crazy fun-house that is forever present inside of her head on the inside.  She has a hard time differentiating between what is real and what is just going on inside her head.  When her mother decides to send her away to get "help" after discovering her drawing journal, Evie becomes a little more unhinged.  She is separated from everyone she knows and loves and feels betrayed by her mother.  Craziness runs in her family and its seems Evie's grandmother had infected her. But as you read on you discover just who the real crazies are in the story.
Kresley has taking a daring leap and created her own world that include plaques, rednecks, military men, tarot cards come to life, epic battles, and of course her own special version of zombies.   I was swept away just by the book's dark uniqueness and a plot that originality starved readers can really sink their teeth into!!!  And yes!  It has that awful cliff-hanger at the end that will leave you gnashing your teeth and screaming NOOOOO!!  It can't be over!  I eagerly anticipate the next book in this series!  Watch out YA, your about to be re-invented!!  Hat's off to you Kresley for you dark uniqueness!!!

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