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New Books for Teens

Staff Pick

Poison Princess

by Kresley Cole

Series: Arcana Chronicles

Book 1

"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
" (Goodreads synopsis)

"She's so lovely, so fragile. Those haunted eyes. Those rosebud lips...they'll scream so prettily." (Poison Princess, Paragraph 1, Page 1)

 This book makes me so mad...at myself! My best friend ranted and raved over this book years ago and I never pursued it. This book and I could have started our relationship so much sooner, but oh well. There's always the pros and cons of waiting to start a series. The pro here is that I started AFTER the first three books were already out...so no waiting for me! Within two weeks I had all three books DEVOURED. The only way I can describe this book is by saying Cardcaptor Sakura meets The Walking Dead.

After reading the first paragraph, you should be able to deduce that there is a serious creep factor when reading this book. The book begins with her walking into a serial killer's house. She's trapped (he's removed the door handle) and he's drugging her (so she can't try to escape) while she sits in front of a warm fire telling him her story. The plot line then flips back and forth from her recounting her past and what is going on in the present.

The Arcana Chronicles have everything I love in a series: a strong female heroine, mystery, action, and a little dash of romance (head's up, there will eventually be a love triangle). Evie and Jack's relationship is rocky, to say the least. They've both got their fair share of secrets from one another, but life and death situations have a way of forcing trust...there are zombies, and slavers, and evil monsters, oh my! What I seriously love though is the strong supporting cast. Cole did a wonderful job infusing them with their own personalities. My only hope is that after we get done with Evie's story, we can get Selena's, Matthew's, and a few other characters' stories.

 Read this book. Then read the one after that, and the one after that. And then...we can wait together for the next book.


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