Google+ Reading Teen: Book and Audio Review: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles) by Kresley Cole

Monday, November 5, 2012

Book and Audio Review: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles) by Kresley Cole

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442436646
ISBN-13: 978-1442436640
Buy the book: Amazon
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….
Book Review:

I was excited about this book. I had won it, at the Simon & Schuster cocktail party, in NYC, during the BEA convention. I wasn't sure about the cover at first. While I started reading the book, I caught myself looking at the cover more and more. Yes, the models on the cover are Jack and Evie. Kresley Cole has a great imagination, I really like the concept of this book. From the very first page, Poison Princess will have you in chills.

Basically, it's the end of the world. There are very little females left since the Flash happened. Bagmen are everywhere, they are kinda like a zombie/vampire mix. Pretty much the only two left in their small town, Jack Deveaux and Evie Green agree to travel  together. They are constantly avoiding the Bagmen at all cost, it soon becomes very dangerous for them. Jack is nice enough to take Evie to North Carolina, to see if her grandmother survived the Flash. However, Jack is not that nice to Evie. Yes, he tries to keep her safe, but he is still kinda a jerk. Evie falls for the dangerous, bad guy, with a chip on his shoulder. Honestly, she fights back her feelings for Jack. She really just wants to see him as her bodyguard to rescue her grandmother. During their journey, Evie hears voices constantly in her head, they give her nose bleeds. She is not sure, at first, who they are. This is where the book gets very interesting. Evie realizes she is Arcana, with special powers. She needs to find the other Arcana's, so that they can save the world together. It takes a while for Evie to see the whole picture, see her destiny. But once she figures it out...

 It is a long intense journey, full of deathtraps, danger, mystery, and romance. Plus, there is another major creepy spin to this book, that just makes it all that more interesting and chilling. Kresley Cole is a great writer. I think The Arcana Chronicles will be a successful series.
Book 5 out of 6

Audio Review:

I love the story. I love the book. The audiobook is just okay. I read the book first, so I had a good idea (in my head), who Evie and Jack was.

Emma Galvin reads for Evie. She is one of my favorite readers. Some of her works include; Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson, Divergent & Insurgent by Veronica Roth, and Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. Galvin just didn't do it for me this time. Her voice is raspy and somewhat deep for a girl. Evie is a petite, long blond hair, very girly with dancing trophies. It just didn't fit.

Emma also reads the part of Jack. She does better at Jack's voice than Evie's! Jack is strong, cocky, with a strong Cajun accent. Galvin cannot do Cajun very well, but with her deeper raspy voice, she is stronger as Jack.

Of course Emma Galvin is not bad reader, she is very talented. If you started with the audio, maybe you will like it more than I did. Listen to Divergent, she did an awesome job reading that book!


Profanity: Heavy
Sexual: Heavy

Violence: Extreme

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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful review! I was hoping the audio was great than just OK. Good to know though. Thank you!
    DeAnna Schultz


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