Poison Princess

Poison Princess

The Arcana Chronicles, Book 1

eBook - 2012
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#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….
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781442436664
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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maroon_lion_161
Jul 28, 2020

make an ebook!!!!!!!

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JennaMMac
Dec 06, 2019

I loved this book and honestly want to learn more about tarot cards ;)

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AConsolver
Sep 26, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy YA fantasy.

Evie has just returned from a summer away at a mental health facility, where she unlearned the dangerous things that her "crazy" grandmother taught her. She returns to school to find that a new bridge built in their area means that some of the Cajun population will be joining her class, including the mysterious Jack Deveaux. When the voices in her head cease to go away, and the apocalypse comes, she and her mother must survive on their own. Evie soon learns that her blood can grow plants, which helps them to make ends meet. When Jack shows up at her plantation, he warns them of an army on the move planning to overtake the plantation and put Evie and her mother into slavery, where most women have ended up post-apocalypse. Evie leaves with Jack to try to escape the army and try to get to her grandmother. She might be the only one who can tell Evie what is happening, why she is hearing voices, and what she needs to do to survive.

I didn't know anything about this going in, which is how I prefer to start books. I thought that the way the author blended so many things together (teen angst, fantasy elements, post apocalyptic elements, etc.) was really seamless. It would have been easy to be super overwhelmed by the amount of things going on, but it all worked for me. Despite Cole's reputation for writing super steamy books, this one felt like YA to me (which it is). I wondered if it would be more like NA, but it was fairly tame overall. We'll see how the next books go, after all our heroine is just 16. I liked the idea behind the tarot cards and the teens being the major arcana characters. I liked the glimpse into Acadian/Cajun culture, and thought that Jack had his swoony moments... but he is also very possessive, kind of mean, and gave me whip lash a lot. I get that this is literally the end of the world and people are bound to be intense and hard on each other for mistakes... but I had a hard time love, loving him... and their relationship, which makes me wonder if they're endgame. We'll see!

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Gypsy86
Jul 17, 2019

Read it so many times I can hear their voices now.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 18, 2019

Checked it out on a whim and loved it.

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Andala04
Jan 27, 2019

Awesome book! Loved the characters and how everything made sense in the end. The different perspectives were really captivating and I found myself flipping through its pages to find out more.

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PearlyBaker
Aug 29, 2016

When the apocalypse occurs I can't wait to say, "I got this. I've been preparing for it my whole life." Between growing up Mormon and reading every post apocalypse and dystopian book available I consider myself a veritable expert on the subject. But this novel irritated me due to the super natural abilities of the heroine. Or so feels the pragmatic, curmudgeonly old man in me. The Gilmore Girls, Judy Blume loving teenage girl in me however, could not get enough of this piece and knew I was in trouble when I rushed out to the YA section of the library (which always makes me a feel skeevy to be lurking there) for book two.

LoganLib_Justine Jun 17, 2016

So sad but so cute! Definitely a fav series. Must Read.

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white_eagle_207
Nov 04, 2015

loved this book it had a great plot and the series is also so great

Chapel_Hill_KarinM Jan 26, 2015

Loved this one, and don't know how I missed it before now. Combines dystopian bleakness with Tarot-inspired fantasy and some sizzling teen romance. Set in post-apocalyptic Louisiana, popular cheerleader Evie discovers her visions come true in a "Flash" which kills off most of the world's population as well as most living things (animals/plants/etc). Turns out she's the embodiment of one of the major arcana (The Empress) and it's up to her to find the other players and eventually face off against Death. Fun (dark) stuff.

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Violence: graphic violence

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Sexual Content: a little

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Jul 17, 2014

“Did you save me just so I’d sleep with you?”
“The idea might’ve crossed my mind! Hell, Evie, you’re probably the last girl on earth for me. Would it kill you to put out?”

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Jul 29, 2013

“Matthew, exactly how psychic are you?"

"So psychic that other psychics should be called Mattics.”

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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, killing everyone she loves, 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 trust 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 teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side.

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