Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1)
by Kresley Cole
What is it about:
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 Derveaux.
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...
What did I think of it:
This book has it all: an apocalypse, zombies, tarot! I must say I'm wondering why it took me so long to give it a try.
I enjoyed the first 60 to 70 percent of the book the most. It starts with the days leading up to the apocalypse. I liked getting to know Evie and her quirks, and I was intrigued by her visions and her awakening powers. Then the apocalypse happened and it's all about surviving. As you can guess I loved reading how Evie and Jackson try to make their way through a zombie filled wasteland (well, they were sort of zombies anyway).
I will say I did think some of the world building didn't make sense at all, and that for a world where water is scarce people were very wasteful. I told myself to overlook the glaringly obvious flaws in the world building and to just enjoy the story. I mostly succeeded.
The last 30 percent the inevitable teenage love triangle mess started, and there was beard shaving as well. But even with those two things I enjoyed the book enough to pick up book two soon to see what happens next.
Why should you read it:
It's a cool Apocalyptic YA read with zombies and tarot.
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