Book Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole


Poison Princess by Kresley Cole Book Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole


Poison Princess
by Kresley Cole

Published: 10/2/2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

From Goodreads:

#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….

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The Bookish Brunette thought:

Poison Princess locked me in a trance of mesmerizing awesome from the VERY first page. No… I’m absolutely serious.

Evie has been lured into a madman’s lair… And it’s utterly chilling to hear his horrific and terrifying inner monologues as he tricks Evie into sliding deeper into what promises to be her worst nightmare.

“My lair looks safe, warm, grandmotherly. It should; an old woman lived here before I slaughtered her and made it my home.”

*gasp* I know right?! The “price of entry” is that she has to recount her life before and after the Flash. He claims to be making a chronicle of events and experiences of events leading to the Flash and how people coped with the aftermath.

The Flash was a catastrophic event that killed most of the world and wiped any form of vegetation right off the map.

So as Evie launches into her tale, her story begins one week BEFORE the Flash and just after she was released from the mental institution. We meet the boyfriend… Who doesn’t impress me too much. We meet the BFF, Melissa…

“Mel was a hyperactive wild child who was a stranger to shame and had never acquainted herself with embarrassment.”

And we meet the band of Cajun misfits who have been thrust into suburban hell by a new bridge that put them in an entirely different school district. Jackson, the fiercest one of them all WON’T quit staring at her with his disarming grey eyes and devil may care attitude.

We meet Jackson. Who. Is. EPIC. Complete with the sexiest accent I’ve ever READ. Seriously, usually “accents” in books tend to irritate me- but Kresley Cole did an absolutely amazing job with the authenticity, with made it even more appealing!

I LOVE Evie and Javkson! There’s no insta-love… No triangles… They honestly don’t like each other very much! Except buried under all that hostility, is a SUPER cute romance!

They trek across country, searching for Evie’s grandmother and along the way they meet people from Evie’s visions… Members of the Major Arcana.

Evie was told long ago that she was the ‘Empress’ … Then they meet ‘The Moon’ in the form of a super hot chick who is seemingly MADE for Jackson! Then Matthew who has made the most appearances in Evie’s visions has put out a call for help, as he’s DROWNING and Evie, Jack & Selena (the moon) are a state away.


Matthew is The Fool card of the Major Arcana, and seemingly Evie’s greatest friend and ally. They meet Finn, The Magican, while being held captive in a slaving camp.

I loved EVERY SECOND of this book! Poison Princess is utterly mesmerizing and fiercely captivating!! Without a doubt the BEST post apocalyptic book I’ve read ALL YEAR!

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Addition info-
(Because I found it fascinating!)

Major Arcana

The Major Arcana or trumps are a suit of twenty-two cards in the Tarot deck. They serve as a permanent trump suit in games played with the Tarot deck, and are distinguished from the four standard suits collectively known as the Minor Arcana. The terms “Major” and “Minor Arcana” are used in the occult and divinatory applications of the deck, and originate with Paul Christian.[1]

HideThe Major Arcana

Each Major Arcanum depicts a scene, mostly featuring a person or several people, with many symbolic elements. In many decks, each has a number (usually in Roman numerals) and a name, though not all decks have both, and some have only a picture. The earliest decks bore unnamed and unnumbered pictures on the Majors (probably because a great many of the people using them at the time were illiterate), and the order of cards was not standardized.[citation needed] Nevertheless, one of the most common sets of names and numbers is as follows:

Number Name
None (0 or 22) The Fool
1 The Magician
2 The High Priestess
3 The Empress
4 The Emperor
5 The Hierophant
6 The Lovers
7 The Chariot
8 Justice
9 The Hermit
10 Wheel of Fortune
11 Strength
12 The Hanged Man
13 Death
14 Temperance
15 The Devil
16 The Tower
17 The Star
18 The Moon
19 The Sun
20 Judgement
21 The World
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29 Responses to Book Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

  1. I’ve never read Kresley Cole, but I’ve heard awesome things about her books. I will definitely have to check her out! This book sounds super amazing!! And a crowned review? It doesn’t get better than that! :)

  2. YAY!!!! I’m so glad you LOVED it!!! You crowed it even!! I am soo stoked to read this book! Have you read Kresely’s Immortal After Dark series? I LOVE her! She’s a brilliant writer! Her characters are rich, funny, sexy, strong, just AMAZING! So I’m glad to see her YA book was great too!

    And dude! LOVE your zombie Tarots! #ZombieQueen

  3. My co-reviewer also just reviewed this book and I think she loved it as much as you did!

  4. Parajunkee says:

    My comment will contain spoilers….beware wayward reader….

    EPIC is right!! I like this book MORE then you did. Ok. Sorry, I had to do that. Didn’t Selena just make you want to rip her throat out, but be her best friend at the same time? I thought that was crazy. And do you think Jack will turn out to be a card? I guess if he were to turn out to be a card, I’m assuming he would turn out to be the Emperor. BUT — I was at the signing with Kresley Cole and she said that someone mentioned it was so cool that she didn’t have a Love Triangle in the book — in which she replied with “there are more books in the series…” so maybe the Emperor shows up. Or maybe it will be a battle of good and evil, cause I hear Death is beyond gorgeous…and I just filled up your comment section with nonsense. So sorry.

    • OMG! Dude, I totally thought the same thing!!! If Jack ends up being a card, I’m betting he will be the Emperor!

      And I TOTALLY got the “sexier than sin” vibe from Death!!!!! Think the triangle will be with him??

      • Kay says:

        Being that only one card is supposed to live, I hope he isn’t a card, but…if he does turn out to be one, I think it’ll be the Justice card because he likes to punish people who do wrong by those he cares for – Evie and his mother.

        • Kay says:

          I meant Judgment Card. lol

          • Kay says:

            Aaaand after reading more about both cards, I am now leading towards the Emperor card for Jack. It describes him almost perfectly. I still don’t think he’s a card, though…

  5. I wanted to read this book before, but WOW after your review I am totally pining for this!! You could not have made me want to read this book more!! Fantastic review chick!!

  6. Oh, I just loooved this one so much, too! Really can’t wait for the next book; especially after that slightly mean ending that made me double-check my copy whether it’s actually complete. :D Glad you loved it so much, too! :)

  7. Wow. Your review seriously blew me away and is TELLING ME TO READ POISON PRINCESS RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW!!! Except that I don’t have time to go to the bookstores with all these exams going on D: I’ve never read anything by Kresley Cole before, but if they’re all as amazing as Poison Princess sounds, then I’m going to be hoarding her books on my shelf as soon as I get my hands on them!!

  8. Daphne says:

    You crowned this one an para said its epic?? I better put it on my goodread list then, thanks:)

  9. I WANT TO READ THIS ONE! Oh so many coming out lately that just seem to rock. Plus, with it rocking from page 1? WIN!

    I still love those zombie cards! I should get me some. :)

  10. Whoa, I know Kresley is a great writer, so you just sealed the deal!! Off to Amazon to burn some $$ on this one! Fab review!

  11. Holy crap. After this amazing review, how can I NOT read this book. I have an ARC and it’s just been bumped up on my TBR. Thanks!

  12. Molli says:

    GUH. I am SO buying this book once I lift my self-imposed buying ban. I have a THING for the name Jackson and after what you said…I can’t wait to meet him!

  13. michelle A says:

    I absolutely ADORED this book! From that opening chapter, which was uber creepy and totally unexpected to the last page. Bring . It . On. Book # 2 is too far away!

    Wonderful review:D


    novels on the run

  14. Alexa says:

    Yay I’m so glad you enjoyed this book so much. I’m so excited now to meet Kresley Cole at a book signing in a few days from now. Plus I have a copy of this book that I need to read now that I know you loved it.

    Thanks for the great review chica, sorry for being MIA lately around here.

  15. I’m such a tool for not getting to read any Kresley Cole yet. It’s one of those authors I’m itching to read, it’s like I’m being targeted by a poltergeist and just never manage to actually read her. I’m gonna get an aneurysm sometime soon if I don’t get around to it, lol.

    Epic review, you always make me wanna read things you talk about. It’s the bookish epicness effect, probably.

    P.S.: Love the new look, the squidy skull of pinkDoom is beyond gorgeous :D

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  17. Nanda says:

    Thanks for this review. I’d never heard of the book before but it sounds really good! I can’t wait to read it.

    Do you know if Poison Princess is part of a series?

  18. I’m really mad I put this book down now. I had it in my basket in the store the other day and because I already had a ton of other books, I put this one back. I’m sooo pissed now. I guess I better either buy it for Kindle or put it in my next Amazon shipment. Sigh. Great review, Ashley. Grrrrrr.

  19. Ashley says:

    I LOVED this book! Does anyone know when the next one in the series comes out?!!

  20. Cathy says:

    I am so adding this to my TBR pile! Oh, and just so you know, you are partially responsible for the fact that it keeps piling up. ;-) Haven’t hopped over here in a while, so just wanted to say…love what you’ve done with the site since I was last here. =)

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