Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
October 2, 2012
Simon & Schuster
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….
POISON PRINCESS is one epic YA debut from the multi-talented author Kresley Cole that I couldn’t get enough of. With a heroine you can’t get enough of and a steamy romantic interest that will haunt your fantasies, POISON PRINCESS is sure not to disappoint. This is Cole’s first venture into the YA genre and I have to say that I can’t wait for many more books set in the fantastical world in which Tarot cards are actual real life beings in a never-ending battle for survival.
While I really enjoyed reading about Evie’s story from her point of view, boy did she make me nervous! She’s one of those characters that can’t control what comes out of her mouth when she’s put in certain situations and does that get her in trouble! Some of her lines made me laugh out loud, while others made me cringe from the consequences. Besides her mouth, she also happens to have powers and visions that really make her wonder who she is, considering her past with her “crazy” grandmother. Evie has one heck of a ride in POISON PRINCESS and I need a happy ending for this girl!
Jack. Jack. Jack. I could repeat his name over and over and over. Wow, is that man full of sexiness. A Cajun bad boy whose possessiveness and fiery personality makes him a perfect match for Evie. There is some crazy tension between these two that never let up even once! I can’t count the number of times I had butterflies in my tummy from their interactions. Jack has a much rougher past than Evie which causes much tension between the two. I loved seeing them start to understand each other. When Jack had his tender moments, I practically melted into a puddle of mush. Kresley Cole can sure create those boys that will make readers swoon! Can she please create one for me?
The complex and unique lore in POISON PRINCESS made me one happy reader. I have never seen anything like this book in YA before besides the apocalypse part, so I was thrilled with the total freshness of everything. The mystery behind the Arcana fascinated me and I am still hungering for more answers. Cole did an amazing job with world building. I could clearly see the world that Evie and Jack live in and feel Evie’s swirling emotions that changed at every new revelation. I have no doubt in my mind that the next book will be just as well-developed as POISON PRINCESS.
If you haven’t yet ventured upon POISON PRINCESS, you are missing out big time. Kresley Cole barely whet my appetite with POISON PRINCESS and I have no doubt that I’ll be coming back for more.