Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Series: (The Arcana Chronicles #1)
Published: October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Goodreads: “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.”
This book is so good! It’s one of those books you simply must have on your shelves! Somehow, Kresley Cole was able to put together an Apocalypse, Tarot cards, weird super-powers, blood-sucking zombies and a sexy bayou guy! And guess what? The story is amazingly built 🙂
The Flash was the Apocalypse, on the day of the Flash there was a huge lightning that turned everybody that wasn’t in-doors into ashes. It also burned every plant and it is believed that the water from the rivers and the sea evaporated, although the characters on the book are never able to see if that was really true or not.
This book begins in Requiem, Tennessee, on day 246 A.F., with a creepy man who’s watching a girl just outside his house, he lures her in. Through his POV you realize this man, Arthur, has kidnapped and tortured a lot of girls before. He drugged them and them kept them on his basement, where he performed experiments. He them drugs the girl, Evie aka the main character, when he slips something on her drink. He asks Evie to tell him her story, what happened to her on the Flash, when all ended and everything began (I feel so cool to say this, I sound like an Oracle xD).
Then Evie starts telling her story (her POV now), she tells her story starting from day 6 B.F., she was in Sterling, Louisiana.
Evie is a 15 year-old teenager, who’s rich and popular, has a quarterback boyfriend, a mansion and is on the cheer leading squad. But she hides a secret no one knows besides her and her mom, she spent three months on an Asylum. She had nightmares, hallucinations and sometimes even heard voices. Evie drew on a journal everything she saw, but after her mom found it, she was sent to an Asylum.
But after her summer holidays spent at the Asylum, she goes back home to start school. Even though her mom believes Evie is “better”, she wasn’t, she is still hearing voices, having gory and creepy nightmares about monsters, a red-headed witch and Death, who is looking for her.
On her first day back she meets Jackson Deveaux, typical bad boy with family problems and traumatic childhood, he is a Cajun. Cajuns are, in case you don’t know, an ethnic group living in the state of Louisiana. They’re descendants of the Acadian exiles (French speakers).
On Evie’s 16th b-day and also the day of the Flash, her friends make her a surprise birthday party and her boyfriend, Brand, is a total douche, he wants to “pop her cherry” and is constantly pressuring her. But naive Evie fears that Brand will dump her if she doesn’t have sex with him (typical).
She wanders by herself, to take a break from the party, where she runs into Jackson, he almost kisses her (this part was so hot!), later you realize Jackson was just distracting Evie cause his friend was stealing everybody’s cellphones and wallets (asshats).
I’m going to move on faster, or I will never end writing xD So Flash day and all, big, massive explosion of light, most humans are dead, no plants, almost no animals, Evie stays with her mom, mom gets sick, Evie finds out her blood is able to create plants, more hallucinations, nightmares and voices (she realizes the dreams she was having are actually visions of the future. Also, Bagmen, blood-sucking zombies who used to be humans.
Jackson finds Evie and tries to convince her to leave with her mother, because Militia men are coming and would enslave them. Evie doesn’t want to leave, but her mother dies shortly after, she then takes off with Jackson to look for her grandmother, who’s supposed to have all the answers to what’s happening to her. It seems that it is all connect to the Tarot cards, Evie is the Empress.
Later, Jack and Evie find a mansion with everything they could ever ask for, water, food and fully protected. Jack and Evie have a very heated moment by the pool, but horn-dog Jack quickly tries to jump on Evie’s panties, way to go dude *please note sarcasm*
“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.”
The house belongs to someone (aka annoying b*tch of the story), the Archer one of the Tarot cards.
Evie starts talking more often to one of the voices, this voice belongs to Matt, who is also the Fool. Through him she discovers that she is supposed to fight Death and it’s allies who threaten her life and the whole world’s fate. She also finds out she can grow poisonous deathly claws.
“Come touch,…but you’ll a price”
“Remember my titles? I don’t get poisoned, I do the poisoning. I’m the Princess of it”
I will stop here, but I assure you this book has a lot more than what I have told you, this book is something very difficult to sum up xD so many things happen that it is just impossible to cover all of them!
Trust me, you want to read this book, it is a must! – I just ordered the second book, can’t wait to have my hands on it!! ^.^