Poison Princess – Kresley Cole
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… “
Earlier this week I was thrilled to receive an advance review copy of Poison Princess, the first installment of Kresley Cole’s new Arcana Chronicles, marking Cole’s first foray into the Young Adult market. As with any of my much beloved authors, I was a bit nervous to see how she would do writing for a new target audience. I absolutely adore Kresley’s adult Immortals After Dark series and I was a bit afraid that she might lose some of her witty, razor sharp edge if she tried to appeal to a younger audience, since I’ve seen that very thing happen with other favourite authors. I was delighted to find that my concerns were unfounded however – the writing is every bit as sharp and the characters are every bit as real. Absolutely nothing is lost in the transition.
I was draw into Poison Princess right from the prologue; where we first meet Evie, stumbling her way though post apocalyptic Tennessee. Evie is one of the very few survivors of a presumed solar flare that has decimated the earth, killing almost every living thing from plant life to animals and humans. Plagued for months beforehand by disturbing visions and dreams, she knew just enough to stay alive and one step ahead of the horror that has become of the majority of the other survivors. As if mere survival wasn’t taxing enough, Evie also has to contend with strange new abilities that seem to manifest themselves almost daily. Thirsty, starving, and desperate, the very notion of humanity has been irrevocably altered and it will take more than bravado and instinct for Evie to stay alive.
Apocalypses make for strange bedfellows as Evie finds herself teaming up with the last guy on earth that she could ever imagine trusting – the ruthless, criminally adept Jackson Deveaux, as she attempts to make the journey from her small Louisiana town to North Carolina in search of the one person who just might know what really happened and who can explain her nightmarish visions to her. Evie isn’t the first person in her family to experience the visions – her maternal grandmother was considered crazy and sent away several years earlier – and now Evie needs answers that only she can give, provided that she even survived, of course.
As they embark on their most perilous quest Evie and Jack encounter a small handful of other teens, survivors just like them on the surface, but everyone has secrets. None of them have survived by accident and as they band together they struggle with trust issues, not knowing if shared knowledge will save them or condemn them in the end.
I read the majority of this book in one sitting, not putting it down until 5:00 a.m. forced me to get a few hours of sleep. If maternal guilt hadn’t forced me to bed against my will, I wouldn’t have put the book down until it was finished. I was so caught up in the characters – the personal growth and development of Jack and Evie, the slow unravelling of the other’s abilities and personalities – that I hated to stop reading for any reason. Finishing Poison only left me wanting more and cursing that I’ll have to wait at least a year for the next instalment.
I have my suspicions about Jack and I need to know if I’m right. I believe that there’s more to him than meets the eye and its killing me now knowing. I need to know if one of the other characters, Selena, is good or evil – she can’t possibly remain as neutral as she’s letting on. And while Finn seems like a good guy for Evie to have in her corner, I’m pretty sure that Finn is on Team Finn, everyone else be damned. Can Evie save Matthew from the blatant self-interest of the others? And what about Jack? Is he merely the roguish bad-bad that he seems on the surface or is there more brewing there? Can he accept Evie with her new powers? Will Evie finally face down Death? Good lord Kresley, please don’t make me wait a whole year for answers!
September 2nd, 2012 at 2:47 pm