Saturday, June 15, 2013

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)Summary from Goodreads:  

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…

My thoughts: 
I was so eager to begin reading this book. The idea of people having powers based off of the tarot cards really intrigued me. However I was disheartened to find that a lot of this doesn't happen until way later in the book.

The book had such a strong beginning. The prologue begins with a man named Arthur who is infatuated by Evie. This guy is a total creep who kidnaps and tortures women in his basement. He is determined to have Evie as his latest victim. He brings her a drink that is poisoned and he tells her to tell him about her life before the flash. Before she begins her story she warns him "What I believed happened might not be what actually took place." The opening of the story is what made me want to continue further. I wanted to know what happened before the flash and after the flash. Hell, I wanted to know what the flash was! Sadly after reading the book there was no clear explanation as to what the flash was. The only explanation given was how the "tilt of the earth's axis wobbled, disturbing the balance of our world" or "Others claim that the depleted ozone layer". Nothing was a concrete answer!

I thought Evie was a somewhat likeable character. She has faults such as being slutty and occasionally being shallow. However Evie after the flash is completely different. She starts to think about others and is a better person overall. The other characters in the book I found really difficult to like. Jackson is Evie's love interest. We first meet Jackson gawking at Evie while she is making out with her boyfriend in his car. He rides his motorcycle up to the car and creepily stares at her for what seems like minutes! Even weirder is that Evie's boyfriend did absolutely nothing about it. What is worse is that this guy has serious anger/rage issues. He calls Evie a bitch countless times and treats her like trash constantly. If you think this was bad, it gets even worse after the flash with Jackson. He yells at her constantly and calls her useless every other minute. Here's a gem of a line Jackson said to Evie "Find me something to eat, woman.". Somehow after everything I just mentioned Evie has fallen for Jackson. Evie has a serious case of Stockholm Syndrome going for her. I can't say whether I hate or like Matt, Selena, and Fin. Even though they are supposed to be a major part of the story since they have major arcana powers (tarot card powers), not much information are given about them. Hopefully in the second book there is more character development. 

One thing that really annoyed me was the french phrases Jackson used. I was excited the main character was Cajun, but sometimes I had a hard time understanding it. Or I just forgot the translation of what a specific word meant. At times I thought the words he used were overdone. I was so sick of reading "peekon" and "bebe" over and over again.  

The book is supposed to be a post apocalyptic book, but you have to read through around 120 pages of unnecessary plot to get to the action. ALL the characters that were introduced DIED except Evie and Jackson, so what the hell was the point of all that.

One of the book's strong points for me was the arcana powers. I thought Evie's thorn claws were awesome. She can poison her foes with her claws or if she is weak she can suck the life out of plants to gain life for herself. She can also call upon plants to protect her or strangle enemies. I found Matt's power to see the future to be useful though he explains his visions cryptically. It defeats the purpose of his power if he is not giving a clear answer.

Though I had a lot of issues with the book, I still found it to be an enjoyable quick read. The ending was exceptional because Evie accepted her powers and kicked ass with them. I will most likely read the next book especially if Jackson dies off, disappears, or ceases to exist.

Rating: C+

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