Monday, October 15, 2012

YA Review: Poison Princess

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)

My thoughts...  Poison Princess was a brilliant take on a post-apocalyptic world infused with unexpected characters, terrifying situations and blooming romance.

The characters in Poison Princess were very intriguing. Aurthor, perhaps on of the scariest characters, plays a small role, yet one so powerful, he lurks in the back of your mind at all times. Evie, the main character, showed so much growth within the pages. In my mind, she went from super sad to super woman. Jack, the Cajun bad boy, stole my heart from the get go, although he did a brilliant job of hiding his soft side.

The characters in the Poison Princess live in a world that has been decimated. People are desperate to survive and that desperation makes them violent, unpredictable, and scary. This element of the story really shines through Cole's writing. I often had that twisty feeling of dread while reading. I found myself wanting to cover my eyes or warn the characters of anticipated foes.  The world building was fantastic, giving me a perfect image of the desolate land. In regards to the story itself, I loved the layout. It danced between past and present in an understandable and interesting way. The story was fast-paced, yet not rushed. At times it was horribly violent and soft and sad at others. Cole's writing experienced really shined in the YA novel.

Poison Princess was one of those stories I absolutely could not put down. The world and the characters drew me in so fully, I dreamt of it. My only qualm is that it ended. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. It is a must read.

For more information, visit Kresley Cole at her official website or Like her on Goodreads. CymLowell

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