Sunday, June 30, 2013

Poison Princess: Review


#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.

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….


I'm so frustrated with this book. The only good thing about this book is probably the whole tarot card thing because this is unlike any background I've ever seen. Tarot cards are interesting and it makes a good background for the book. But the rest of it is very annoying.

Starting with Evie. I've got the strongest urge to slap her in the face multiple times. Jackson is right. Not only is she soft in the majority of the book, she always whines about everything. She is the last one who can make life-or-death decisions. She's crying and screaming when her mom dies. Not that it's anyone's fault. But hell, there's an army behind her back and all she can think about at that moment is how to do her mother's sort-of funeral right? That's ridiculous. There are many more frustrating and irritating things going on after that I don't even want to talk about anymore. She's the least likable main female protagonist since I started reading novels.

The plot itself makes my head explode and I can't help but cuss while reading the book. The first half of the book is literally boring and irritating. Apocalypse? Surviving a dystopian world? Seriously? I normally love post-apocalypses... not this time. The first half of the book is so confusing that I ALMOST believe this is a dystopian novel when it's not. I nearly decided to stop reading this book but decided to go on. The second half of the book is slightly better because the whole thing finally touches the background of the story. And the seriously epic part only lasts about two freaking chapters. Hello, two out of forty-one? Are you f---ing kidding me? The whole plot stays rocky throughout the book and I wanted to throw my copy across the room.

Besides Evie, there are many other characters that ticks me off. A lot. Matthew and Finn are probably the only ones that doesn't irritate me. They are either homicidal (i.e. Jack in the first half of the book), unstable (i.e. Jack throughout the book), irritating and sarcastic (i.e. Selena) or dominating and then completely breaks down because of the stupid Flash (Evie's mom). Come on, people! What the hell? Stall yourself and embrace the worst? I can't even describe how angry I am.

I had high hopes on this book before I read it. But now I'm not sure if I will read Endless Knight. Not only am I dragging on reading the book, I feel like my anger, irritation and frustration is a time bomb seconds away from exploding. I won't say I hate this book. But I'm really close to it.

Rating: 3.5/10

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