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Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  30,007 Ratings  ·  3,616 Reviews
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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 happeni
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Simon & Schuster (first published October 1st 2012)
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Lise I haven't read "these broken stars" yet, but I can definitely that this is a REALLY good read. I personally didn't find it boring at all, but then,…moreI haven't read "these broken stars" yet, but I can definitely that this is a REALLY good read. I personally didn't find it boring at all, but then, it's me. And it's definitely not one Fifty shades of grey kind of book; in fact, I started reading this one but had to stop at the seventh chapter; at the contrary, I couldn't get enough of Poison Princess ! The male character is possessive and all but I really like him, unlike Christian Grey who was a mad and brutal companion.(less)

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11 Oct. '14
For those who have read the 2nd book and can confirm things for me, here are my predictions on Endless Knight.

19 Oct. '12
Be forewarned! There shall be a lot of cussing and angriness and bitch-slapping in this review. If you are a fan of this book/author, or/and not a fan of cuss words in reviews, I highly advise you not to read as I do not want to offend anyone.


Like an old, dying, rheumatic ox plowing through a field of mud and shit. All for the promises of a harvest of
Lola  Reviewer

Unpopular opinion review time!

You know how it goes: you loved this book, I didn’t. I’m actually very much dismayed by that, because I stepped into this apocalyptic world with such an overall optimistic state of mind – hell, I expected my first book by Kresley Cole, a New York Times bestseller, to be a winner!

Oh boy. My state of mind shifted quickly enough and darkened considerably.

Basically, I didn’t like anything about this book. It’s a huge “It’s not you; it’s me’’ case, so huge that I would
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
“If you touch me like that again, Evangeline,” he began in a husky tone, dropping to his seat once more, “in the space of a heartbeat, I will have you off this bike and onto the closest horizontal surface. And I woan be picky, no.”

Oh for the love of all things holy, this book is amazing! This was my first book by author Kresley Cole and honestly she couldn't have done it any better. She had me compelled from the very first page with her amazing talent for storytelling and also for her intense a
May 25, 2012 Ren marked it as to-read
Shelves: young-adult
Young Adult???? Are Kresley Cole follow her dear friend's path, Gena Showalter to write YA?
Ugh, less smex scenes! *shakesfist*

And I want Thad! Please continue writing Immortals After Dark, rather than start new series.

Please, I beg you :'(


I couldn't be bothered writing a review, so you'll have to make do with this nonsensical rubbish:

Evie: Woe is me. I have harrowing visions about the apocalypse. Woe is me. I had to spend my summer in a mental hospital. Woe is me. I hope my friends don't know about what a ghastly time I've had lately. Woe is me. I am so rich, popular and beautiful. Woe is me. I am dating the most perfect guy. Woe is me. By jove, who on earth is that new fellow on the motorcycle? Oh my, just one glance at
Jade Fey
Jul 22, 2012 Jade Fey rated it it was ok
This is a tough book to review because there is a lot to like here. The concept behind the book is great, and I loved watching the puzzle pieces unfold, guessing who was who, seeing their powers in action, taking note of the symbolism, etc. But there are definitely some big problems with the book, which make it hard for me to recommend it.

The first chapter is intriguing, but then we're subjected to many boring pages of life before the Flash. The apocalyptic event mentioned on the back of the boo
Oct 08, 2012 Letitia rated it it was amazing
Rating: A+ ... Heat: Sweet

I was nervous and anxious and a tad apprehensive to read this book. Kresley Cole is one of my ABSOLUTE favorite authors. If she writes it, I will read it. As proven by the fact that the moment this was available to preorder – I did. And yet, as excessively excited as I was, I also worried. Needlessly, let me tell you. It rocked. It rolled. It annihilated my expectations. And reaffirmed exactly why Miz Cole is an auto-buy author for me.

Poison Princess is not the same ol’

Cait • A Page with a View
Oct 04, 2016 Cait • A Page with a View rated it did not like it
1.5 stars. I can see why others might like this series, but it’s definitely not for me.

It’s just a series of YA tropes and total "wtf" scenes.

The story starts out told through the POV of the world’s creepiest psycho serial killer or something. So that was weird. Then Evie starts to tell him the story of how she survived the apocalypse and made it to his house. At the beginning of her story, Evie has started to hallucinate weird things like burning people and Death calling her “Empress” and this
This review is also available over at my blog.


Actual rating is 2.5 stars. Or 2.75, not sure. Just lower than 3.

For the first time ever, I might just only be talking about the love interest in this review. Because I have so much to say about him. Well, maybe I'll talk about him 98% of the time or so, but believe you me, I will rip this guy apart and say everything that's on my mind about him, so prepare yourselves.

So, Jackson Deveaux. Ladies and gentleman, the unthinkable
Khanh (the Grinch)
I did not finish this book...there were several things towards the beginning of the story that just had me laughing, it was so ludicrous. For example, the Big Bad Cajun Motorcycle Gang (also known as the Sharks and the Jets...oh, wrong story). They speak in heavily-accented Cajun patois, they have bikes with stolen, mismatched parts! They wear motorcycle jackets, their hair falls in greasy locks over their eyes! They rumble up to their new school in a crowd of big, bad, wolfery and start chattin ...more
Daiane (Away for a while :/)
Actual Rating: 2.5

Did I like it? No
Did I hate it? No
So what is it? No idea...

I'm going out to the beach for the holidays and will think more about it lol
And while I'm out, HAPPY EASTER GUYS!!!! Or not... But it's a great time to eat chocolate ;D
Wendy Darling
Ugh, no. DNF around 100 pages.

This really is not my kind of heroine, romance, story, or crush. At all.
Litchick's internal monologue while reading this book...

The Prologue:
"No fecking way! First person POV of a serial killer? Neato, I can totally get down with that. Err...with the book. Not with the serial killer. That'd be weird. And judging by his thoughts, painful."

Thirty pages later:
Aug 10, 2012 Parajunkee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, reviewed
PJV Quickie: Holy Mother of YA Goodness…did Kresley Cole write a book! I’m still getting the chills thinking about this ‘Poison Princess!’

Original Review posted here.


Can I just say that I love Kresley Cole? I think I need to elevate her as my new favorite author. Her writing makes me happy and wiggly and I ponder it for days afterwards. I want to roll around in her words and fall in love with her main characters. Her latest adult addition to the Immortals After Dark series had me all aflu
Wendy Higgins
Oh my gosh!!! That was the most incredible pararomance I've read in a long time. What a wild ride! And now I'm wishing I would have waited until close to the 2nd book's release to read it because I want to still be in this story world seeing what will happen next! I love how we got to see Evie's world before the Apocalypse and after. I just really can't gush enough, and I can't find anything to complain about with this story. It was right down my alley and exactly what I needed.
But I'll warn you
Apr 21, 2013 Nancy rated it did not like it
What the actual fuck was this book?
It was awful. The beginning dragged on and I was honestly waiting for Jackson to become nice. But the entire time he was a jackass. A rude, drunk, mean, horny jackass. And Evie actually cared about him??!!! I'd have let him rot for what he did and said. I never read such crap before. I have never hated a love interest before but Jackson changed that pretty quickly. Evie is also very annoying. I was waiting for her to toughen up a bit but dear God she was so un
"The Empress doesn't get collared, or caged, or tortured. How artfully she beckons, how perfectly she punishes...."

The Poison Princess is set in a post-apocolyptic world, where after a Flash of light that has wiped out most of the human race, turned others into blood-sucking zombies, cannibals and women raping militia, 22 children are chosen to re-enact a war that has been playing out since the dawn of time. Each a card in the Major Arcana, the trump cards in a Tarot deck, they must battle to
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
1.5 stars

‘Poison Princess’ was very strange from the beginning, and it doesn’t help that none of the main characters were very likeable. The main character, Evie, was really bland, and despite all her freak outs I never really felt the depth of her emotions. Meanwhile, Jack, the “love interest”, is a lecherous drunk who talks about himself in the third person. There are some tiny hints of goodness in him, but he’s never really a reformed bad boy - he’s just plain bad. He supposedly cared for Evi
Buddy read with the wonderful, Brittany

DNF @ 30%

Looking at other people’s reviews has me very concerned . . . are we reading the same book or ???

Poison Princess is about sixteen year old Evie Greene and her abilities in a post-apocalyptic world? I dunno, The plot is kinda hazy in my head. Instead, I was more focused on the characters and their douchebag qualities.

Allow me to elaborate.

Note: Evie is recounting her story to a literal psychopath –she doesn’t know –so she’s telling about
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
DNF 66%

I think the main reason I kept reading this book, and ignored all the red flags was because of Jackson Deveaux.
Jackson Deveaux, I love you.
But Evie, was one of the stupidest, weakest and most annoying heroines I have ever read. Aside from that, I actually didn't get the point of the entire book. So it's the apocalypse and they're looking for Evie's Gran. Evie's disjointed visions got annoying. I don't know what else to say, I wasn't impressed I guess.
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

I should never have doubted Kresley Cole. To tell you the truth, I was worried in the beginning. I adore Cole’s Immortals After Dark series so I wondered how she would fare writing a YA novel. The opening chapter had me lost because it is a complete 360 to what I am used to from her. But I kept with it and found that KC puts a lot of effort into her debut YA novel. She makes use of the frame narrative where there is a story within a story and I found that it works very
Dec 01, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it
WHAT...! THE...! HELL...! 4.5 - Bouncing between 4 and 5. Have to give it some thought.

Okay, so I was a little hasty about the rating right after I finished the book. The prologue was definitely a hooker. And the end was so explosive that it made me literally yell out, "What?!? I can't believe that was the end!!!" To the point that I had forgotten that I DID have problems with this book early on.

So my true verdict a week later? Maybe 3 for the first half, and 5 for the last part. My review
Laura the Highland Hussy
Nov 16, 2012 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
Review posted on Demon Lover's books & More

I don’t usually read YA, but for Kresley Cole, I made an exception. Not only is she one of my all-time favorite authors, I love her rich world-building and swoon-worthy heroes. Her sense of humor is the icing on the cake!

Pay attention to the tarot cards.

I LOVE the idea of each major player in the series identifying with a tarot card. I love that it’s very much like those old Highlander TV show/movies from the 90s-the whole There Can be Only One ty
Serena.. Sery-ously?
The Arcana Stupid Chronicles #1: quando il becero diventa apocalittico

Come è proibito il plagio, dovrebbero proibire la pubblicazione di idiozie simili, per la tutela e la salvaguardia del lettore!!
BIG NO per me, rivoglio indietro i miei due giorni che ho impiegato a leggere 'sta robaccia (spinta da "Dai che ora migliora. Dai che la Cole è come un diesel, ingrana lentamente".. Ma dove, è un catorcio punto e basta!!)

La cosa più drammatica dell'intera faccenda è come la Cole sia partita da element
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I blame my love for awful disaster movies for this book. I wouldn't have read it if I didn't like laughing at the absolute ridiculousness of 2012 or Independence Day. But here's the thing at least in the movies you have the bad special affects and acting to keep your interest (and sometimes if you're lucky, some fantastic abs too), but in books...not so much. It also doesn't help, well, let's talk about it. Shall we:

Oh, God.

This is going to be br
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books.

Poison Princess surprised me. I was expecting a decent and entertaining apocalypse story to keep me busy for a few evenings. I was not expecting to love it as much as I did ordevour it as fast.

The story started out with an insanely creepy prologue setting a dark tone from the start. Putting this at the start of the book was a smart move because the next 10% of the book isactually the worst part of the story. Evie is the stereotypical a
Krissy P (Kris)
Oct 22, 2012 Krissy P (Kris) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone 14+ it's fantastic!
Amazing World Building, Spine Tingling, Pulse Pounding Action, Intense, Dark and Sexy, Wow!

This is my first Kresley Cole novel ever and I absolutely loved it. I cannot wait to read her IAD series. She is an amazing storyteller. She is just fantastic with her world building. I felt like I was right there with the characters. This is by far one of the BEST YA novels I have ever read. She is incredibly talented. This was one of the most unique stories I have read as the characters represent the Maj
Warning : Again, this long review is one I call a babble review.

I know what my new favorite genre is: POST-APOCALYPTIC!

When I finally picked up this book to read (after leaving it to rot in my kindle for months), I had no idea such awesomeness awaited me. Following my sense of adventure only, I attacked « Poison Princess » headfirst, sparing not one glance to the much forgotten sypnosis.
Little did I know that it was a post-apocalyptic novel, and that from the very first chapter, I would be hook


***I would like to thank Kresley Cole and her assistant Brooke Meyer for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review! :D***

Poison Princess is unlike any book that I have ever read. It is Kresley Cole’s debut into the YA world - and I must admit, she entered it with a mind blowing BOOM! In fact, Ms. Cole took the entire post-apocalyptic idea to a whole new level! From the end of the world, to the dark twist on Tarot cards to the intriguing characters - Poison Princess had it
The CONCEPT of this book captured me more than the actual book, but if you like YA novels and interesting world-building, then you will definitely get into it. Tarot cards embody the main characters of this post-apocalyptic world. I liked everything but the main characters, actually. The main dude in particular I wasn't drawn to, but the plot was SUPER interesting and concept really strong. I really want to see where this goes! Read this for Vaginal Fantasy.
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Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.
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The Arcana Chronicles (5 books)
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“If you touch me like that again, Evangeline,” he began in a husky tone, dropping to his seat once more, “in the space of a heartbeat, I will have you off this bike and onto the closest horizontal surface. And I woan be picky, no.” 171 likes
“He was staring at my lips, and before I could think better of it, I’d wetted them.

“That’s it, bébé,” he said in a coaxing rasp. “Ma bonne fille.” My good girl. He wrapped one of his arms behind my back, cupping my chin with his free hand. “Evangeline, I’m goan to kiss you until your toes curl, until we’re breathing for each other.”

That was the promise. . . .”
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