25 January 2013

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

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 love books that surprise me!  There's always a thrill that comes along with finding a book, initially thinking that it's gonna suck beyond all belief, and then finding out that "oh my gosh, can't even say enough because it's that amazing."  While it was creepy as all get out, it was incredibly entertaining and thought-provoking.  While some of the time it was, "Really?  That could've been better," I really enjoyed this story.

Dystopian is not my immediately favorite genre.  That's not to say I don't like dystopians (the Under the Never Sky series owns my heart), but when I first cracked the cover of Poison Princess, I hesitated.  Well, actually, it was more like, "Dear God, this is going to suck," but then I started reading, and started getting into it and ended up devouring it in a day or two.

At first, Evie and I didn't agree on much.  In fact, I couldn't fully get into her character for most of the book, but I still winced with sympathy when something didn't go her way.  A lot of sucky things happened to her, and I liked how she handled them and kept going.  I admired her wit and her quick thinking so I cheered for her a lot, although she did get irritating sometimes.  I really, really liked her relationship with Jackson and how it was far -- like, other side of the universe -- from easy and how it wasn't instalove.  Their dramatic romance was entertaining and endearing instead of irritating and nauseous.  (And really, the Cajun French interspersed in Jackson's sentences?  Mm.  So fine.)

The plot, and the world Cole remade, was amazing and such a great concept.  I got what the problems were and what kind of obstacles Evie would have to face to fix them.  I loved the intervention of the Major Arcana cards and how their mysteries weren't ones easily solved -- the way that nothing was in-your-face and obvious made my interest stay intent on the pages.

The writing style, while fitting to the story, lacked some description and details that might've made the story a lot richer had they been in.  But the writing style was honed with a rusty edge, and so gave the story a unique and interesting flavor that reeked of creepiness.  The story in general was creepy, but it was a brand of creepy that I could get into, even if it wasn't something I would immediately warm up to.

Poison Princess was a fabulous story of the surprising kind.  I'm in raptures for the sequel!

Quotes
At that, the initial mrowr pfft pfft I'd felt transformed into I will cut a bitch.
Eves, on the scale from wholesome to whoresome, you're practically Amish.
"The corners of his lips curled. "You and your secrets. Ah, peek├┤n, just when I think I’ve solved one mystery about you, up comes another one. I will figure you out one day. En garde, cher. Consider yourself warned."

Book Info

  • pages - hardcover, 369
  • published - October 2012
  • publisher - Simon & Schuster
  • genre - dystopian
  • received via - library
  • rating - 5/5
  • series - Arcana Chronicles
    • Poison Princess
    • Endless Knight