Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 1, 2012
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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
“’If you touch me like that again, Evangeline,’ he began in a husky tone, dropping to his seat once more, ‘in the space of a heartbeat, I will have you off this bike and onto the closest horizontal surface. And I woan be picky, no.’”
Favorite Character: Evie. Very interesting character.
“She’s so lovely, so fragile”
My Musings: Poison Princess is a great dystopian novel. I loved the concept of the world that Cole created. It was interesting, and her plot and characters sealed he deal. Cole’s writing was descriptive, and it transported me into a world unlike one I’ve ever experienced. I was scary yet thrilling to see the world that these characters were living in. I also loved the concept of her novel. I have never read a novel centered around Tarot cards. Cole’s new idea was wildly refreshing in the world of YA literature that is mainly based around werewolves, vampires, and the like.
Cole’s characters were dynamic as well. I loved watching them grow and develop as the novel went on. Evie evolved a lot. She grew into someone strong and somewhat wrathful. However, it was necessary in regard to all that she had gone through. I also enjoyed Jack’s character. That accent! Other than that, though, Jack had a rough exterior, but I don’t believe that that is all that is to him. I think that he really cares for and wants to protect Evie.
The only downside to this novel is that it started of slowly. And by slowly, I mean very slowly. However, it is worth it to push through. After the first one hundred pages or so, the book is phenomenal. Unfortunately for us, that is not the case for the first few chapters. However, please don’t let that discourage you, as it was a great novel overall. I cannot wait to see more of Cole’s writing in the future.