Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on October 2, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic
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.
Those familiar with the IAD series are used to Kresley’s superb writings of the supernatural world. Poison Princess contains those aspects but in a post-apocalyptic setting, which is new territory for Cole. The other big difference is that Kresley’s usual heat is dialed way back, as was required for a YA book. But trust me, it’s not lacking in heat. The character of Jack bears a strong resemblance to many of Kresley’s adult heroes. He’s brooding, powerful, and passionate. At times, he seems borderline obsessed with Evie, and I do have a problem with that being marketed to a teen girl audience as a desirable trait.
The heroine, Evie, is 15 years old; a pretty, popular, sweet cheerleader. What her friends don’t know is that she’s tormented by bizarre visions, and she questions her own sanity. After the Flash, which brings Earth into an apocalypse, Evie begins to see some of her visions come true, and she sets off on a trek to locate her grandmother who had been institutionalized years before the Flash, and who predicted Evie’s burgeoning supernatural powers. Along the way, Evie is joined by Jack, and she meets up with other teens who may or may not be her allies.
****Minor spoilers ****
Evie’s transition from weak, frightened teen to supernatural, all-powerful heroine seemed extremely abrupt. It felt as though a chapter or two was left out. And the last couple of pages implied a strong Hunger Games tone for the coming sequel. As much as I loved The Hunger Games, I want Kresley to maintain her unique voice.
Kresley Cole has an incredible imagination and a very special way of depicting vivid imagery on the page, and the ending left me eager to read more. I highly recommend to “Poison Princess” to adult fans of Kresley Cole and new YA readers alike.