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Book Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

If you’re ready for a high school slang-filled, post-apocalyptic time of your life, pick up Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. This lady knows how to keep the drama high and the romance burnin.’

Book Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

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Title & Author: Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles, Book 1) by Kresley Cole

Genre: YA Fantasy – Post-Apocalyptic

Release Date: October 2, 2012

Series: #1 in the Arcana Chronciles

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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….”

Talking the Talk

So many thing about Poison Princess felt freakishly authentic. Number one on that list is how the high schoolers talked and acted with each other. They say the craziest phrases (ex: slore – a cross between slut and whore) and have grown-up sass.

Cole can write banter like nobody’s business. The dialogue in Poison Princess was funny, interesting and laced with double meanings. It’s like Cole is a teenager herself.

Another aspect of the book that felt very realistic was the culture wars described. The novel is set in Louisiana and there are the very wealthy and the very poor. Evie and her friends are part of the wealthy elite and when new kids come to town from down south, it causes trouble (as expected).

What makes it even more interesting is that the new kids are Cajun, an ethnic group in Louisiana that descends from Acadian French. So there’s some dialect and culture-specific references that I found really interesting and engaging.

Walking the Walk

The story follows Evie (Evangeline) and her transition back into high school after taking the summer to go to therapy. She’s not your average crazy – she has visions of the end of the world and a red witch who’s power over plants is used to torture and destroy.

As if her life wasn’t complicated enouth, Evie must deal with hiding her recurring visions from her friends and family and deal with the charming yet frustrating Jack (one of the new Cajun kids at her school).

What made me unable to stop reading this book was the dynamic between Evie and Jack. Do they hate each other? Do they like each other? Will they kill each other? I DON’T KNOW! But, I have a feeling those questions won’t be answered till book two.

BONUS: Poison Princess had something I’ve never heard of before: the Arcana Major. It’s a suit of 22 cards in a tarot deck that serves as a trump suit. In the book, they serve as the occult backdrop of the apocalypse and add mystery and twists to the story.

I’m really excited to see where Cole takes this story, and I honestly have no idea what could happen in the next books. AGH, TORTURE!


You could easily read this book in one sitting. I loved the unique story elements and the authenticity of the high school experience. Poison Princess is the first book in the Arcana Chronicles, and I will be SURE to read every single one of the future books.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.