Book Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

 

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Series: Immortals After Dark (#2)

Published: 28th March 2006

Publisher: Pocket Star

Goodreads: “Acclaimed author Kresley Cole introduces a sizzling new series with this tale of a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire—unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her…

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy…

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

An all-consuming desire…

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?”

Review:

Was I ready for A Hunger Like No Other? Not really! I hadn’t read something so sexually charged for a while.

Lachlain MacRieve is an ancient Lykaen warrior, the king of his clan, who had been locked up and tortured with fire for 150 years, and the only thing keeping him sane is his hate for the vampire king. Until one day he scents the perfume surrounding his mate, Emmaline Troy.

Emmaline is a 70-something-year-old half-vampire, half-valkyrie, who’s in Paris looking for her father, an unknown vampire.

When Lachlain feels the scent of his on true mate he is able to free himself of his prison, but once he finds out Emmaline is a vampire he’s not very pleased with the prospect of presenting a vampire queen to his people.

I feel like I could’ve liked this book way better if Emmaline wasn’t such a spoiled little bitch. I liked her in the beginning, she seemed like a nice young gal. But she is so selfish, she only thinks about herself… and to be honest, I couldn’t really feel her “love” for Lachlain.

The world-building on this book is solid, but the way the book wrapped up was not entirely pleasing. It felt fake the way Emmaline finally professed her love for Lachlain.
Oh poor Lachlain, he deserved someone way better than Emmaline. *strangles Emmaline’s little neck*

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3 Chibis

Book Review: Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

 

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Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

Series: The Arcana Chronicles (#3)

Published: January 6th 2015

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Playlist: Three Day Grace and Skillet

Goodreads:Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

Heartbreaking decisions
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, the Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on the Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first…?”

Review:

I’m going to go straight to the point:

This book was AWESOME, EPIC and MIND-BLOWING.

If I hadn’t read City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare this year I would say that Dead of Winter was the best book so far… And we’re still in January!

I had this book on my bedside table for 2 weeks until I told myself that I had to read it, so I had the brilliant idea of reading the whole series straight. I did it, of course, and I broke my personal reading record, four books in a day *applause*

Yes guys, I’m just that good! I first read Kyland by Mia Sheridan, then Poison Princess, Endless Knight and at last Dead of Winter. I started at midnight and stopped at 8 am, in the middle of Dead of Winter, slept a little bit and continued at 1 pm to finish this masterpiece of a book at 3 pm.

I thank the holly God of Bookworms for making this day happen.

Dead of Winter continues from the part where Death coerces Evie into sleeping with him, in exchange he would save Jack, our hot Cajun boy who was kidnapped by the homicidal Violet and Vincent, aka The Lovers, Duke and Duchess Most Perverse. But our dear Evie decides to poison Aric (Death), and he falls asleep. She then runs away to save Jack, despite being mad at him.

I have to admit that I don’t really intend to fully review this book, as such I won’t go further with it.

One thing I will tell you, this book is so outright amazing, I really don’t have enough words to describe it, I just want the fourth book so much! I had told Ana that I wanted this series to end at Dead of Winter, but after I finished reading it… Dear Miss Kresley Cole, please go ahead and write your heart out *I’ll be dying over here, waiting*

So if you thought Endless Knight ended with a cliff-hanger, trust me, Dead of Winter will make you scream in frustration and want to build a time-traveling machine to go to the future and read the next book. Unfortunately wanting and doing are not the same, so I guess I’ll have to wait another year *cries*.

Thank you for reading, please comment, like or share 🙂

To read my review of Poison Princess click here  ; to read Ana’s review of Endless Knight click here

5 Chibis

Book Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Series: The Arcana Chronicles (#2)

Published: October 1st 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Summary: “Evie has her full powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. Teens reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle for mankind. She must trust new allies against other Arcana, Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals. But she’s also drawn to Death, the Endless Knight, who shares history with the Empress. She can’t remember; he can’t forget.”

Thank you Sofyy for lending me this series!

Review

*This review contains spoilers*

Endless Knight is the stunning, but apparently extremely disliked, sequel to Poison Princess (you can read Sofyy’s review about it here). Evie learned about her powers and we finally get to know what Matthew was always talking about. Basically, we now know what the hell was happening in Poison Princess. With all the Tarot cards wanting to kill each other and alliances being formed, the Empress, the Moon, the Fool, the Magician and Jack (poor Jack, he isn’t a card so he doesn’t get a special name) try to formulate a plan to kill Death. But Death seems to be on step ahead of them, Matthew as a certain debt he has to pay so he gives him access to his eyes, and a new plot starts to unveil.

Even though many see this book as an excuse for creating a love triangle, I don’t really see it that way. Sure, by the end it kind of turns into one but them it’s not one again. Arghhh this series is like a mind twister. Does that exist? Doesn’t really matter. I guess it depends on how you see it. When Death suddenly gets the upper hand, sorry for spoilers here but there is a warning right in the beginning of the review, Evie sees herself trapped with him in his fabulous mansion. Oh yeah, Death is handsome, smart AND  rich. He’s the perfect catch, except for a tiny thing he does by the end of the book but I’ll get to that later. Forced to expect death everyday (see the pun here), Matthew tells her the only way to survive is to seduce Death. Some new things are brought to light and *drum roll* Evie befriends Death and throws Jack out of the picture. Not that I minded, not being a Jack fan myself.

Despite being in Death’s team for almost the entire book, I did not like what he does in the end. He completely destroyed his perfect image in my head, and I wanted him to be perfect. I can only hope Evie turns into the badass I wanted in the next book. Yup, I want a Evie villain. In fact, I want a Red Witch in the next book. I wanted her in this book, didn’t get what I want so… Red Witch in book 3 please????

Also, I don’t understand Matthew’s role in all this. I know who he is and what Card he represents, what I don’t know is if he has ulterior motives? I feel like he is the evil guy in this series. He might be only helping Evie so that later on she will hesitate with confronting him. He’s the most confusing character in the series and I want to find out more about him. Even Death is easier to understand! Okay, Jack is still the character that is completely out of context in the whole must-destroy-other-teens game but I get that he obviously loves Evie, even though he did some things, too, that were meh.

Now I have the torturous 1 year wait until the next book, which I think will be fantastic, comes out. Until then I’ll be checking GR to see if the release date has been miraculously changed.

PS: Who makes or chooses these covers? They are awful!

4.5 Chibis

Sofyy’s Book Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)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.”

Review

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!! ^.^

4.5 Chibis