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Poison Princess

(The Arcana Chronicles #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  36,678 ratings  ·  4,193 reviews
#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
Paperback, 369 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2012)
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Miranda Reads
May 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, ya-series
Didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as I thought I would.

It's probably a case of it's not you, it's me.

Eff it. Okay. I'm gonna get real here.

It's you (book). Totally all on you.

We start with a sterotypical white, blond Pretty-Pretty girl who tragically has "mental health issues".

Essentially, this girl is either A) hallucinating or B) can read the future, control plants, heal herself, make her fingers into claws, and other godlike powers. 50/50

Meds are thrown away, counselling not an
Tomoe Hotaru
04 Oct. '19
Hold up! before you decide to post a comment professing your undying love for this book; of how utterly wrong I am about Jackson because he's actually seriously like super hot and this is what girls like you fall for or something; or how the beginning of this book completely works for you because of reasons; please don't. Because, umm, I don't care? Ha. Like, write it in your own review. K thx bye.

11 Oct. '14
For those who have read the 2nd book and can confirm things for me, here

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

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
Ren Puspita
Feb 15, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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 :'(

Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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 ...more
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’

shady boots | #WatchPOSE
Edit (04/01/2018): Commentary from Present Day Me

So I've been revisiting some of my old reviews, thinking I might do some commentary for them in like, a self-reflection kinda way or just for a good laugh, and... wow this one is pretty cringey. It'd be wrong of me to adjust it I guess since this was just proof of what I was like as a teenager I suppose, so I'm gonna leave it untouched.

However, I do vividly remember this book and how awful and disgusting the hero was in it. It's kind of
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

"Come touch...but you'll pay a price.

When my wonderful friend Mary told me about a series that includes Tarot cards my interest was caught instantly.
Tarot cards always had something mystic and mysterious about them that I loved.
I started this book with high anticipation, lots of expectations and a really good mood.
And first the book was awesome. It was a funny, entertaining book and Evie was an interesting character. But then the Flash happened and Evie became this whiny mess.
Wendy Darling
Ugh, no. DNF around 100 pages.

This really is not my kind of heroine, romance, story, or crush. At all.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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:
may ❀
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
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
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
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sophia Triad
“If you don’t listen to the voices, then you’ll die with their gloating whispers in your ear.”

Totally addictive book!

Evangeline"Evie" Greene has spent most of her life as a teenager trying to convince herself that she totally clinically undoubtedly insane. At least her mother thinks so and that’s the reason she makes her daughter visit shrinks all the time. Since she was kidnapped by her grandmother when she was 8 years old (only for a few hours but still..), Evie was never the same carefree

Poison Princess was fucking amazing. I absolutely loved this audio book. I never wanted to press pause, but of course I did to do some family stuff or sleep. Evie, the main character, was a god damn bad ass. A god damn poison princess bad ass. I love her so much. However, she did kind of annoy me sometimes. She whined a lot and was pretty much useless until the end.

Besides her, there was Jackson, Selena, Matthew, Finn, and Arthur. Jackson, man I loved that mysterious guy. I totally
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
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.
Wine Country
"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
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
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.
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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


***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
Laura the Highland Hussy
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
Anja H.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Me and this book had quite a rocky start, up until around the middle part, but I still ended up loving it towards the end!
I loved that Evie finally grew a backbone!

Review coming soon!
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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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“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.” 179 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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