Let me start by being honest. I haven’t read a lot of Kresley Cole books. Not because I don’t like her. I simply haven’t gotten around to it. Poison Princess is a YA paranormal with a very original plot. Before I start gushing over how much I loved this book, (and I do!) let’s read the blurb, inside cover and most importantly the first five sentences of Chapter one.
First, the back blurb:
The characters on Tarot cards are real. The Huntress, the Fool, Death, the Lovers… and eighteen other Major Arcana all exist. These warriors, femme fatales, magicians, and devils each have uniquely lethal powers. And they’re coming for me. To survive, I’ll have to embrace my own terrifying abilities. But if Jack ever beholds what I truly am, will he abandon me to my fate?
I didn’t read this blurb when I picked up the book. I find cover blurbs a bit too revealing even when written in a thoroughly vague manner. I buy/read a book based almost completely on the first five sentences I read. If those sentences aren’t enough, sometimes I’ll hit up the blurb be it back cover or inside jacket. I’m sharing all with you today because everything about this book is amazing and I want you to read it.
Now, the inside jacket blurb:
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 are actually visions of the future- and the visions are still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate, Jackson 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 trust Jack. But if he ever casts that wicked grin her way, can 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 received the same call. An ancient prophecy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side.
See? That’s a lot of info I, myself, didn’t discover until I was reading the book. Truthfully, I thought it was better that way. Not knowing amplified the unfolding mystery of what was happening. Kresley Cole delveloped and executed these reader discoveries perfectly. Readers, please understand there is a Prologue which I’m not sharing the first five of, and here’s why. A lot of people have mixed feelings about Prologues, but this one is extremely important to the story and is told in present tense. Initially, this threw me off as I’m not a fan of present tense and thought the whole book was written that way.
Nealy all chapters are told in first person from Evie’s POV with a few exceptions. Basically, I’m sharing the first five of chapter one because that’s the paragraph that made me buy the book.
Here they are:
“How are you feeling?” Mom asked with an appraising eye. “You sure you’re up for this?”
I finished my hair, pasted on a smile, and lied through my teeth, “Definitely.” Though we’d been over this, I patiently said, “The docs told me that settling back into a normal routine might be good for someone like me.”
So, here’s where I lay it on you. Poison Princess is the second kickass YA book I’ve read this year. The first being Gena Showalter’s Alice in Zombieland. Kresley‘s plot is unlike anything I could’ve expected. There were times I felt a little lost but the pacing was so spot on that I knew an explanation was coming. The realistic action had me worried as hell for every character in this book; the danger was thoroughly exciting and the romance? OMG! I’ve gotta be blunt here. For a YA book, the romance was HOT! Like, fan myself, face red, lips wet, heart pounding, thighs clenched HOT. Jackson’s character is so Alpha and Evie so isn’t. The pairing was sweet for a thousand reasons I can’t thoroughly explain without yelling SPOILER ALERT. Bottom line, this book is worth every penny. It’s on my Keep shelf and is the second best YA series starter book of the year. I love Gena Showalter, (A LOT) but Kresley’s romance in Poison Princess was even better than Alice in Zombieland.
Kresley Cole has become a new fav that I will fo’sho have time for from this point on.
Here’s a pic and link for Poison Princess. Enjoy!