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May 22, 2014

"Poison Princess" by Kresley Cole

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Title: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1)
Author: Kresley Cole
Publication: 2012, Simon & Schuster
Summary: 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. ...read more 

Review: There is a mature kind of eery darkness that oozes out of Poison Princess that many YA paranormal romances attempt, but do not quite grasp. This YA debut of adult fiction author Kresley Cole most certainly had a twist in flavour to it compared to other YA paranormal reads, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Cole's writing is elegant and well-rounded, yet it effectively portrayed disturbing imagery in Poison Princess. (Yes, a bit of a gruesome details warning) I did not feel that Cole was holding back anything for this YA debut when she could have toned some details down, and I appreciated the sincerity in that.

The book has an alternating first person POV narration, which usually irritates me, but Poison Princess's alternations are between two narrators on two timeline tracks, and the switching points are very far apart. It is artfully orchestrated, feels natural, and by the end, I felt that the technique had framed and displayed the entire storyline incredibly well.

The ideas and plot are all very strong and creative, and although there were some rare slow moments along the way, I was kept overall intrigued and impressed by Cole's vivid diction. In terms of characters, Poison Princess will be entirely a subjective case and that it will depend on you as a reader, whether you like the types of characters that appear in this debut.

I thought all the characters were decently developed, and more and more depth was built in throughout the story. I also personally grew to like the main characters well enough, though not overwhelmingly so. Even for the minor characters, each are unique and fleshed out in their own way. However, Evie may not be your cup-of-tea heroine, nor will you for sure like Jackson as the leading man. (I did like Jackson's slight possessiveness because it was manly and NOT Christian-Grey-psychotic, but see, that's personal taste)

Poison Princess pleasantly surprised me with its depth of delicious darkness and beautiful execution when I sat down expecting another typical YA paranormal. Although I would only direct this book to older audiences (17+), I think this was a very strong YA debut for Kresley Cole and I look forward to reading more from this series.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰ 4 Poisonous Hoots

Thanks for reading!

P.S.  You guys know when you find old money in  an old jacket/jean pocket? That feeling? Well, I just found a bunch of reviews that I had written during my hiatus, for the few books that I did read! So happy that I still have old reviews to debut for you guys, haha! Thanks for dropping by!


  1. Great Review Vivian! I got a little less than halfway through the book and stopped because I wanted to read another book. Should I continue?

    Rachel @A Perfection Called Books

    1. Thanks Rachel! I think it is worth continuing with, not only because the ending was powerful, but also, an awesome second book follows it ^_~

    2. Yay! Then I'll be sure to pick it back up :) Thanks!

  2. Glad to see you enjoyed this! I love dark YA paranormals, so this really sounds interesting. I think I've heard some criticisms of the love interest, but I'm not sure.

    1. Yup, Jack is definitely a hit/miss kind of guy :/

  3. I heard so many great things about this book! My friend sent me book one a while ago but I haven't tried it yet, I really should, it sounds so good! Thanks for the review!

  4. I started this one last year, I think, but I can't remember if I finished it! My thoughts are oddly blank on this one, so I suspect not. I will have dig out my copy soon. I'm glad you enjoyed it overall, Vivian. Dark paranormal romances were MY THING a couple of years ago, and I would love to get back into that. :)

  5. Ooooh, this certainly does sound good! I'm not convinced I'd like the guy though. I think I'm going off the possessive types. ;) I've not read a paranormal book in the LONGEST time, I was only ever a fan of that genre for a couple months. But maybe it's time I revisit.

    Wonderful review, Viv!! :D

  6. It's good to hear the switching POV's worked for you :) I think I will like this book!

  7. haha I love finding money in my pockets after I send them through the wash - makes me feel like I've found money on the street.

    Oh and I like the YA books that are aimed at the 'more mature end' because those just I don't know definitely appeal to my mindset more.


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