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Friday, September 8, 2017

Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Title: Poison Princess
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Length: Novel (386 pages/12.7 hours)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Poison Princess is book 1 in The Arcana Chronicles series. I've been wanting to try this series for awhile since I've seen such good reviews for it and I'm glad I finally got around to it! I love the other Kresley Cole books I've read and this one was no different. I am used to reading her paranormal/contemporary romance books, and this one we switch to a darker Young Adult genre that edged towards more adult so it suited me well.

Evangeline Greene aka Evie is 16 and is living a fairly normal life. Well as normal as one could be after spending all summer in a loony bin because her mother wasn't going to let Evie deal with hallucinations anymore. Evie wants everything to get back the way it was, having the perfect boyfriend, being one of the popular girls at school and having great friends. The school year starts and with the exception of some kids from the wrong side of the tracks now going to her school, it all seems like she's getting her wish. That is until she starts getting hallucinations again. The visions are warning her of things that she can't believe are real but must face when an apocalyptic event happens and her nightmares are coming true. This is where we figure out that she actually is part of the Arcana (major tarot cards), she has powers and it seems like she needs to find the other kids that are Arcana as well. I had to question if she was imagining it before, but it all came to light as the novel progressed. This is where the novel gets dark, with the apocalyptic events happening and us learning that not all the Arcana are going to be on Evie's side, we get quite an interesting story.

Poison Princess starts out a bit differently than most books, it opens up in present day then has Evie telling her actual story, the past. It switches back and forth a few times but for the majority of the novel you're reading her recounting the events. I'm intrigued on where the series will go, and cannot wait to get the next book. This is a unique new take on tarot weaved into YA Fantasy that I'd recommend to readers that enjoy all things paranormal.

The Narrators:

I really don't listen to enough dual narrated stories, I find I really enjoy them! I think Emma Galvin and Keith Nobbs did a wonderful job at capturing the characters and what made them who they are. After so long in Emma's narration I almost forgot we'd have Keith so was a bit surprised towards the end. They did fabulous work and I hope they're the narrators in the next installment.

16 comments:

  1. I read this book back in back in 2014 and remember liking it but not loving it. Some things got in the way of me liking it a little more. I'm glad you seemed to have enjoyed it more, though!

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  2. Oh yes, I'm so late! I have this one for years and I still haven't read it! I really need to!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one late to the series! hehe

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  3. I'll have to check the paperback since you know I truly enjoy all things paranormal ;) And this one sounds particular, so I'm definitely in!

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    1. I think you'd enjoy it, some of the stuff might irritate you but overall I enjoyed!!

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  4. This one fell so apart for me :/

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    1. Awww that's sad to hear, it worked well for me I think because I hadn't had a paranormal book in awhile :) That and I was questioning if she was really crazy or if it was true the entire time hahaha

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  5. Well that sounds really interesting.

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  6. Hmmm. Interesting. As someone who dabbles in Tarot, I might have to check this out.

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  7. I am yet to read this author. I keep saying I am going to give her a try, but never get around to doing so. Glad you enjoyed this one.

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  8. I really love this series. I'm not a huge fan of YA, but this one is right up my alley. It is very dark (and will get darker). My biggest gripe are the cliffhangers. I don't remember this one being too bad, but book two and three are really bad. I haven't read four yet, but I've heard it has a bad one too. I'm waiting for book five (Jan 2018, I hope). I'm really glad you enjoyed this one.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Really good to know about the cliffhangers, thank you!!!

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