Sunday, July 28, 2013

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole Review

"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…."

Warning: Tarot cards are involved. 

The Major Arcana and their real names: 

  1. The Fool: Matthew
  2. The Magician: Finn
  3. The High Priestess: Unknown
  4. The Empress: Evie
  5. The Emperor: Unknown
  6. The Hierophant: Unknown
  7. The Lovers: Unknown
  8. The Chariot: Unknown
  9. Strength: Unknown
  10. The Hermit: Arthur*
  11. Wheel of Fortune: Unknown
  12. Justice: Unknown
  13. The Hanged Man: Unknown
  14. Death: Unknown
  15. Temperance: Calanthe*
  16. The Devil: Ogen
  17. The Tower: Joules
  18. The Star: Unknown
  19. The Moon: Selena
  20. Judgement: Gabriel 
  21. The Sun: Unknown
  22. World: Unknown


Poison Princess is an amazing book. I really liked it, but will advise readers to wait until the second book is out. Then you don't have to be tortured by the ending like me. (See, I do care for you.) Poison Princess is recommended to children (thirteen years old) and up. There isn't much of inappropriate happenings, but it almost happened. There's a lot of mentions of kissing, hugging, wanting, lust, longing, etc. So parents, you guys might have to step the age up one level or two.    

With a twisty plot, Poison Princess is entertaining and a ride through the rough, the heavy, the dirty, and the worse experience ever. The writing is attractive and addicting. Set in the distant future (A.F. aka after a flash/solar flare changed the entire world), Poison Princess is an interesting twist for fans who love witches/tarot cards, paranormal books, zombies, and creepy end of the worlds. 

The ending is surprising. I truly didn't think that that was going to happen in the end. The ending is amazing and stunning. I had to reread the ending to make sure that the ending is really the ending. 

Told from two POVs (Evie's and Arthur's), Poison Princess is entertaining with Arthur's disgusting scientific fascination with dangerous poisons and Evie's innocent good girl personality. Evie's POV dominates Arthur's POV whose POV only takes over a little more than three chapters of the entire book. 


Arthur is gross. Every time I read his narrating of a chapter, I always want to puke and always think of some of the serial killers in Criminal Minds. He's mostly driven by cold logic and an insane thinking of scientific "research." He's the classic Bluebeard, but without the wives and bloody murders. Oh, remember that Bluebeard had that one room full of his victims? Well, you don't want to know what's in his dungeon.

Evie, a better character compared to Arthur. She's a normal teenager, if you ignore the fact that she's been in therapy for her crazy dreams/nightmares. She has been on drugs and medications after deemed crazy/insane by her mother because she hears these voices. Evie is a little too slow for my taste. There were times where I wanted to scream "OMG The answer is right there" at here. I like Evie a lot more towards the end of Poison Princess, especially the part involving Arthur and his dungeon. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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