Wednesday, September 12, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Poison Princess

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, as well as five award-winning historical romances.

Before becoming a writer, Cole was a world-ranked athlete, coach, and graduate student. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Far North Queensland area of Australia (where, by the way, she would not recommend swimming outside of the stinger nets--at night).

Cole’s trademark action, sensuality, and humor are best exemplified in her Immortals After Dark Series, which revolves around the Lore, a secret stratum of hundreds of immortal creatures--ranging from Vampires to Lykae, Furies to Shifters, and Fey to Valkyrie--that each have their strengths, weaknesses, and age old prejudices against the others. Though they secretly live among humans, they constantly war among themselves, which gives her a lot of material.

Her IAD books have been translated into seventeen foreign languages, garnered two RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.” She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water.
 Poison Princess, Book #1 of the ARCANA CHRONICLES
Author:  Kresley Cole
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…
Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson – LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha]:
I’m a big, big fan of Kresley Cole, so when I heard that she was coming out with a new series I was extremely excited.

Let me begin by saying that it's been hard for me to read YA novels lately after discovering the vast world of dark urban fantasy, paranormal romance & erotica out there. There are a couple series that I can't stray from however, and now I have yet another to the list of ones I won't be giving up any time soon…

Kresley gives us a dark and gritty dystopian world in Poison Princess. She beautifully builds the tale by switching up points of view and allowing the reader into the minds of the characters a bit. And what characters they are!

As a huge fan of anything supernatural, paranormal and mystical, I’ve been a tarot fan for quite some time and regularly read. Taking the arcana and turning them into kids with unique powers was fascinating and utterly fantastic, and giving us a hero that doesn’t quite fit the mold of what we’re used to was refreshing.

My favorite part of the whole thing!? This isn’t yesterday’s sparkly vampires and happily ever after Young Adult Paranormal Romance – it’s dark, disturbing, mysterious, and steamy – it’s The Hunger Games meets the apocalypse all mixed in with magic and mayhem.

I’ll be honest and say that this book probably isn’t for everyone. Like I stated above, it’s quite dark, uniquely written (there are flashbacks and switches in points of view, etc), and incredibly emotional (there are significant portrayals of the inner and outer struggles of good vs. evil, etc). With that said however, if you’re a fan of mythical books with heart that leave you feeling a bit disturbed, then this is definitely a series you will want to check out!

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Poison Princess 4 Skulls and cannot wait for the next installment!
Poison Princess 


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