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

Posted August 15, 2016 by Lisa Mandina in / 16 Comments

Book info:

TitlePoison Princess  
Author:  Kresley Cole
SeriesThe Arcana Chronicles #1  
Genre:  YA fantasy/post-apocalyptic
Published:  October 2nd, 2012
Source:  Traded for on Books For Trade

I had been interested in this book since the 2nd or 3rd one came out.  But I never got around to them.  Then this past summer, I got an email from a publicist for the next book in the series, Arcana Rising.  She offered me an e-copy of the book, but I had just traded for a copy, so just promised to get it read by August 15th.  The reason I had traded in the first place, is because I am going to get to meet the author when I go to NOLA Story Con.  I hadn’t read the author before, and decided to start with this one.  And now, wow, as I read this one I fell in love with the book. And I’m guessing now I’ll be in love with this author as well!  When I picked it up for the first time, I sat for an hour without even looking up reading, not even paying any attention to how late it was getting as I was in bed.  It sucked me in, and was so hard to put down whenever I had to do those silly things like go to sleep or go to work.  Another thing that is really cool about it, is that it is set down in Louisiana, and there are characters with Cajun accents, and since that is where I am going to meet the author, New Orleans, it was just the perfect time!  I actually kind of wonder if I’d enjoy listening to the audiobook just to hear the accent aloud.  

Our main character is Evie, and she is about to start her junior year in high school.  She comes from a good family, or at least a well-to-do one. They live on a plantation.  The school she’s always gone to is made up of kids from families and situations like her own.  And while Evie is pretty popular, she also is very nice, to everyone in school and everyone she meets.  But she has a secret. This past summer while her friends and boyfriend were all on their normal extravagant vacations, she was in a sort of mental hospital because of visions and nightmares she was having.  Something that her grandmother seemed to have passed down to her.  Her grandmother that her mother had sent away to keep her from influencing Evie.  To Evie’s mother, appearances are very important.  So she can’t tell anyone where she actually was.  Of course by keeping it a secret, Evie also helps to keep her very popular boyfriend, and her friends.  

On the way to the first day of school, as Evie is being very flirty with her boyfriend in his car, a group of motorcycles drives by, the lead motorcycle rider checking out Evie’s butt as she’s kissing her boyfriend.  When they get to school, it’s not long after that the motorcycles pull in, and it seems they are a group of kids from a poor area that will now attend their school thanks to a bridge that has been built.  At first, Evie thinks that she will continue to be the friendly person, even to these people that no one else seems to want to give a fair chance. That is until they walk up and start being rude to the other people, as well as saying things in Cajun French, that Evie is able to understand.  Crude things the guys say, and just plain rude.  And of course you can kind of guess how all of the school business will go.  The kids from the Basin will treat all the kids who normally go to the school as snobs, and Evie and the guy that was checking her out on the bike, Jackson, will have a little bit of a attraction between them, even if neither of them wants it.  

Now, we do start the book out with a glimpse of what is to come.  We won’t be continuing with a normal year of school where Evie discovers all the weird stuff going on with her visions, no, there will be a huge natural disaster, called “the Flash”.  The visions that Evie had been having will start to be more often, and more real.  She will figure out that she needs to get to her grandmother for help, that maybe her grandmother really knows what the visions mean.  Because there are people in her visions that she communicates with, or that she sees in the visions, that she will run into out in the real world.  She will learn that she is one of the Arcana, or the characters in a deck of Tarot cards, and that there are others out there, including Death, that all have a part to play in the end of the world environment.  When she loses her friends and family, she will gain help from an unexpected person, Jackson.  Together they will have to find a way to coexist, to help each other stay alive.  And Evie needs Jackson to help her get to her grandmother, even if he doesn’t want to.  They will have to fight the feelings that they kind of saw before the Flash, and neither will know the right way to do it.  The other people they meet will either be danger, or else possibly those they will need to join with to move on in this prophecy.  

As I said, I fell in love with the story. Especially Jackson, although I did get really mad at him at one part towards the end.  When I finished this, I was prepared to just buy the next book so I could go right on.  I was so upset when I realized the bookstore where I work didn’t have it!  I ordered it, but then I saw that to get the cover that matched the cover of the first one, I would have to order it from somewhere else, and I did from The Book Depository.  

I cannot wait to meet the author now.  So excited to tell her how much I love the book and Jackson.  Not to mention so excited to move on in the series once the second book arrives!  I’ve found a new favorite series with just one book.  Later today I’m going to post a special promo post for the new book in the series, so check back to learn more!

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16 responses to “Review: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

  1. I love Cole's books and this was unique on top of that. I will have to do a reread so that when Arcana Rising comes out everything is fresh. Need to look into the audiobooks because I do listen in the car to and from work. The narrator needs to be good for me to listen though.

    • This was my first one of her books, and now, I'm in love!!! I'm the same about audiobooks. Has to have a good narrator, and it can't be too descriptive like a lot of fantasy books are, or else I can't keep my attention on the story. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I read this when it came out, and I liked it okay. I was put off by the lack of detail as far as the big apocalyptic event, and I could have done without the high school drama. Still it had a lot of potential. Glad you loved it.

    • Yeah, I would like a little more detail about the actual apocalyptic event. Does it go over it anymore in the books that come after? Guess I'll find out when I read on! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Ohh awesome review Lisa I am actually waiting until the whole The Arcana Chronicles is done so I can check out the whole series from the library and just binge read them all at once. I've been dying too read this series for a long time now because I heard nothing but amazing things about this series. Thank you for the great post my friend.

    • That's definitely a good idea! I probably would have done that if the publicity person hadn't contacted me, and if I wasn't going to meet the author in October. Hope you enjoy it when you pick it up!

  4. Anonymous

    Oooh, a Louisiana-based supernatural book? This does sound interesting. I would totally listen to an audiobook version of this, especially if they do have the accent!

    • I know! I love when stories get based in places I've visited, makes me so much more interested! I kind of want to find the audiobook just to see about an accent. Thanks for visiting!

    • I hadn't heard any reviews until after I picked it up and started reading. So it was kind of all new to me, and I'm glad it turned out to be one I liked! Thanks for visiting!

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