In preparation of the fourth Arcana Cronicles installment, I decided to read the previous ones. And now I did it, I realized I never published my thoughts on this one. Strange because this one ends with a massive cliffhanger. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you haven’t read it yet, wait until the 4th book is out so you can continue in peace. Which is August 15 (4 days from now).
What can I say, this installment is tense, we learn a lot about the Lovers card and a new Arcana comes into play.
I grew to like Evie (a.k.a. The Poison Princess) – she was a bit ‘stupid’ in the beginning, what with the naive thinking and getting angry at all the wrong things. But she’s 16 when all hell breaks loose, so I understand that it’s not easy to grow into seriousness and mature in a short space of time. But she managed it and it becomes apparent in this book.
I can’t wait to see if she’ll manage to stop the game and keep all of her newfound friends alive. I certainly hope so.
I’m not so happy about her being in love with two guys. Actually, that doesn’t bother me exactly, what bothers me that she has to choose. Why not keep them both?! 😉 She loves them both.
And, to finish this, I do hope Jack turns out to be Arcana as well, but so far nothing. There is only one card inactivated and I still hope it will be him – but chances are slim…
As you could have noticed by now, I’m a huge Kresley Cole fan and I read most of the Immortals After Dark books more than once. 🙂
I also enjoy YA novels so after reading the excerpt from the Poison Princess some months ago, I was very much looking forward to the book.
Now, even though I enjoy YA genre, I often find those books a bit lacking. Not that they are bad and I stop reading them, it’s just they aren’t as good as they could be – the characters and the story don’t always come together seamlessly.
So, I started reading the Poison Princess and getting into the story and characters and I thought I detected some flaws in the storyline which could be explained in only one way. I knew what explanation that would be for me but I admit (and I apologize to Ms. Cole now) I had my doubts whether the story will oan out as I thought it should following the line.
I should have known better than to doubt Kresley Cole’s style of writing and forming a story. 🙂 It did end the only way I imagined it could.
OK, now I sound like I predicted the story’s end which I didn’t. I just thought that most of the story couldn’t be explained well enough unless there was a reason for that type of story-telling. And I was right.
I don’t want to into details of the story, anyone enjoying Ms. Cole’s books won’t thank me for it.
I did have some issues with Evie’s naivete and ensuing stubborness but she worked through it so I was satisified in the end.
I should add that anyone who liked Hunger Games might like this one as well as there are some touching points to the story.
But basically, it’s one of the better YA novels I read in a while (I’m not counting HP here) and Kresley Cole didn’t disappoint by trying her hand in this genre.
Luckily, there are more books in the Arcana Chronicles to come. Unluckily, not soon enough.
P.S. I have to add, my boyfriend would agree with everything said about Ducatis in the novel. 🙂