Title: Poison Princess (Book One, The Arcana Chronicles)
Author: Kresley Cole
Release Date: October 2, 2012
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 sucked me in and grabbed me by the ovaries and shook me hard. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it.
It is official, Kresley, baby ~ You now have penned 2 books as my all time favorite reads for 2012.
First, you sucker punched me with Lothaire, (still recovering, thank you very much) and now--Jack has blown me away with his Cajun accent, dark looks, and intensity that left me breathless. I want my own Jack Deveaux.
One thing that confuses me is that I found this book in the Young Adult section. Um....I am not so sure about that. Maybe 17 or 18...definitely NOT 10 -12 year olds. There is swearing and sexual overtones that put this in a much older young adult category in my honest opinion. And the hottest almost nekked pool scene I have read in quite awhile...
When his gaze dipped, his lids went heavy and his Adam's apple bobbed. In a hoarse voice, he said, "Mercy Me."I'd never been looked at like this, had never been utterly certain that a boy was gazing my body--while imagining how he wanted to touch it.
I really don't know where to start with this review-I was so blown away. But I think that quote about sums it up for me, lol.
Okay, first off--this is refreshingly different. The characters of Cole's book are supposed to represent key characters found in Tarot cards used by fortune tellers. We are introduced to The Fool, The Moon, The Hermit, The Magician, and The Empress in her first book, Poison Princess. How friggin cool is that? Not a were, vamp, or fae in sight!
Evie Green is the popular cheerleader at a very posh school, where the rich mingle and drive their fancy-smancy Porsches, Bennies, and what have you. She has the pretty boy football hero as her beau and life is grand, right?
Meh...not so much. Evie is keeping a secret. She has just returned from Atlanta where she was a patient at Child's Last Chance-- a behavioral clinic for children. Evie had horrible visions that she drew in a journal that depicted violent and disturbing images that spilled over into her nightmares until Evie couldn't tell real from delusions.
Returning to school, Evie hoped to put all that behind her, with her friends never the wiser to where she really spent her summer. All she wanted was her life to return to normal. To be normal.
But five new kids show up the first day of school at Sterling High, riding in on their motorcycles, and so very different from their richer class mates. They are from the bayou; Cajun, poor, and with attitude a plenty. One of them, Jackson Deveaux, stirs conflicting emotions inside Evie with his sarcasm,rudeness and potent sexual charm -- as well as sigh-worthy sexual innuendos.
He wrapped one of his arms behind my back, cupping my chin with his free hand. "Evangeline, I'm goan kiss you until your toes curl, until we're breathing for each other." ---fave line EVER!
And Evie's visions come back with a vengence. Bloody, dark visions that cause Evie to question her sanity.
When she's faced with just how real her visions are and their link to what has happened and WILL happen, will Evie finally lose everything she has strived so hard for?
Kresley has created an original new world in the paranormal genre that has an engaging plot line, a supremely interesting ( and very sexy ) hero, and a relatable heroine to totally root for while you bite your nails to the quick to see what happens next. Oh, and some FREAKISHLY AMAZING secondary characters that just tickled my funny bone:
Some of my most memorable and funniest quotes:
"But if they're together, then why does he keep staring at you? Like he hasn't deposited enough mental images into his spank bank by now?" --Mel"I finally understand who buys vajazzling kits."--Mel"Dude. It is raining hot ass today. --Finn
"Smoking body on that one--but shy a few teeth. Still, I'd do Hickette with a flag over her face." --Finn