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Product Details

  • Series: Arcana Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Repackage edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442436646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442436640
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (720 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The prose crackles with energy and interest, the content is on target in terms of current demand, and this could be the next Twilight."--Booklist 


"An electrifying mix of page-turning, post-apocalyptic adventure and sizzling romance. The Arcana Chronicles will blow you away!"--P.C. Cast


“An electrifying mix of page-turning, post-apocalyptic adventure and sizzling romance. The Arcana Chronicles will blow you away!” (P.C. Cast)

“The prose crackles with energy and interest, the content is on target in terms of current demand, and this could be the next Twilight.” (Booklist)

“My brain is near exploding with how crazy good this story was… An exceptionally well written plot that will have you turning pages and sticking up a ‘do not disturb’ sign. You won’t want to be interrupted. Especially when Jackson has his smexi Cajun mojo in full swing.” (novelsontherun.blogspot.com)

“Holy Mother of YA Goodness…did Kresley Cole write a book! I’m still getting the chills thinking about this ‘Poison Princess!’… Jack Deveaux, [is] a swoon-worthy character if ever there was one.” (parajunkee.com)

“Kresley Cole knows how to capture an audience because I was gone from page one.” (mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com)

“Cole knows how to deliver romance, and in POISON PRINCESS, she shows that younger characters can fall just as hard—and they take their readers with them… POISON PRINCESS is a brilliant debut that will snare readers of all ages with its vivid post-apocalyptic world, engrossing romance, and novel magic based on Tarot cards. The next book in The Arcana Chronicles just shot to the top of my wishlist.” (allthingsuf.com)

“…this may very well be the best and most original book that I have ever read.” (mortalitybitesreviews.blogspot.com)

“I love the sensual creativity that Kresley Cole delivers in her writing. Evie and Jack's electrifying connection is just to die for! Oh! and did I mention that Jack is the ultimate post-apocalyptic badass hero?” (dazzlingreads.blogspot.com)

“One of the most original YA debuts of the year that you just can’t forget, “Poison Princess” is just one big book full of awesome.” (birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com)

“Disturbing, dark, dangerous, terrifying, heartbreaking, and AMAZING!” (hopelovehappyendings.blogspot.com)

“I don't care how old you are or what genre you typically read. Everything you could ask for and more is all here for the taking!” (ismellsheep.com)

“Let me tell you right now, this book is so unique! Twenty two teens who all have special powers based on their characteristics of their Tarot card, so they can play their part in an ancient prophesy between good vs evil. Come on, tell me how unique that is? Honestly, I've not read anything like this book before and I'm still in awe with how brilliant it really is." (bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com)

“I loved EVERY SECOND of this book! Poison Princess is utterly mesmerizing and fiercely captivating!! Without a doubt the BEST post apocalyptic book I’ve read ALL YEAR!” (bookish-brunette.com)

“Jack Deveaux, you Cajun bad-boy, I love you so hard! Utterly seductive and alluring, Poison Princess is undoubtedly one of the sexiest, hottest YA Dystopian books I've read in a long time!” (teenbookguru.com)

“Jack and Evie made my heart pang. Poison Princess is full of myths and magic. Unrelenting action. Drama. Romance. It has, quite simply, ensnared my mind and my heart.” (romanticbookaffairs.blogspot.com)

“Jackson is so unbelievably rugged. Translation: HOT!!!!! Another translation: Heart-breaker… His body language is smoldering with heat, his words are dripping with sex, and his actions are obsessed with protecting Evie. He’s perfect—in every way!” (ya-sisterhood.blogspot.com)

“[Evie and Jack’s] chemistry was electrifying and to die for. Creatively dark and highly seductive, Poison Princess is a tale of a twisted world that will have you appropriately terrified, full of angst and completely captivated long after you have turned the last page.” (loveaffairwithabookreviews.blogspot.ca)

“This sexy and dangerous thrill ride will leave you breathless.” (glass-of-wine.blogspot.com)

“Jack. Jack. Jack. I could repeat his name over and over and over. Wow, is that man full of sexiness. . Kresley Cole can sure create those boys that will make readers swoon! Can she please create one for me?” (ibbookblogging.net)

“If I had to put this review into just one sentence, this would be it: Best Book I Have Read In 2012.” (clairelouisereads.blogspot.com)

“And guys, Jackson is HOT. He's got a sexy Cajun accent, he's tall, dark and he speaks French. Evie was awesome right from the start, and much like Jackson, she went through a hell of a lot in just this first book. I want to reread this again and again. Starting right this minute!” (booksofamber.blogspot.com)

About the Author

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    Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, and five award-winning historical romances.
    A master's grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.
    Her IAD books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.
    You can learn more about her and her work at kresleycole.com , facebook.com/KresleyCole or TheArcanaChronicles.com.

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*Sign up for Kresley's email newsletter to receive the latest book release updates, as well as info about contests & giveaways ( http://kresleycole.com/newsletter/ )

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master's grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.

Her books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

You can learn more about her and her work at www.kresleycole.com or www.facebook.com/KresleyCole

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Characters well developed, story line very original.
Cherlin
I felt like I read and read and when it ended, it feels like it really is just beginning.
KJB
I recommend this book to all young adults and teens.
glenda

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Cace411 on October 4, 2012
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Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles) by Kresely Cole is a surprisingly dark read. The opening format is quite creepy in how the story unfolds, then told in first person narrative by the h, Evangeline (Evie). Evie is a 16 y/o girl from Sterling, LA who lives the lavish lifestyle of the rich and privileged. She is a designer wearing cheerleader in the elite crowd and dates the most popular, rich, BMOC football player. On the exterior, she leads the life that most teenage girls would covet. Internally, she is haunted, plagued by debilitating visions, and nightmares of evil, desolate, and gruesome deaths. She struggles to keep it together in front of her friends and hide her secrets. Adding to that, Evie is developing powers that's scaring her, questioning her own sanity. Enter Cajun bad boy delinquent from the wrong side of town, Jackson Devereaux. The new kid in school with a bad rep and a set of stormy eyes that's lasered on Evie. When Evie and Jack meet, they get off on the wrong foot with the typical haughty rich girl and bitter poor boy interactions until................................

The Flash devastates, changing everything, changing them, and destroying life as they know it, leaving a wasteland behind. Evie realizes her visions were of this happening. Adding to this, the voices in her head begins. The world is turned upside down. It's do or die survival. There are The Bagmen (similar to Wendigos) who prey and feed on people. Then there's the evil militia overpowering, capturing, and torturing where ever they go. Lets throw in the slavers and the cannibals for good measure too. With odds stacked against them in a harsh world, Evie and Jackson must leave Louisiana to fight for an uncertain future.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KVB99 on December 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm at 3.5 stars, a very different reaction to this book than most other reviewers. There are some very strong points to the book, but also some weaknesses. On the strong side, the writing is superior and the post-apocalyptic world that Cole creates is imaginative and she builds it well. The book is reminiscent of Swan Song by Robert McCammon, which I highly enjoyed (these strong points maybe led me to set the bar a little higher than I might for other books). On the weak side, having built this great world, she doesn't do enough with it. This is a very slow book in places. We have slavers, "bagmen", cannibals, militia, and others, but they make only a few brief appearances - the book is two-thirds gone before we finally have a first hand encounter with a bagman that we been hearing about for 200 pages. So, in short, the book is long on dialogue and introspection, but a tad short on action, which may appeal to many, but may be less engaging to others. Also, the story centers on Evie and Jackson, but they spend the entire book arguing and fighting to the point where you just want them to shut up already. They have a painful, dysfunctional relationship and it got very tiresome for me by the end. Finally, the ending is . . . well, let's just say it's curious--I'm going to hold off on saying it disappoints until I see book 2. Speaking of which, this is only book 1 and there is certainly a lot of room for book 2 to improve on things. And while I do plan on giving book 2 a read, this trilogy is on a short leash with me.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Caron Gold on October 3, 2012
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Couldn't stop reading this well-planned and brilliantly penned book. Where does Kresley get her imagination from? I was glancing nervously over my shoulder in more than one place in the book in the wee hours of the morning. Her characters are so well defined and the story is so riveting that it was difficult to put my kindle down. I'm glad that the characters are more gritty than the average YA novels - more real. This book is brimming with romantic tension and nail-biting scenes - I'm eagerly awaiting the next one. Thanks for a great book!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lovey Dovey Books on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Kresley Cole hits paranormal post-apocalyptic fiction out of the ball park with her debut young adult title, Poison Princess! The Arcana Chronicles proves to be a series that will take you on a wild ride with no limits and absolutely no hint of predictability. Poison Princess is brilliantly written from the plot, style, and cast of characters.

The array of characters who fill this novel are hard, compassionate, fierce, sneaky, but ultimately believable. Evie is plagued with hallucinations and terrible nightmares that leave her with a misconstrued view of reality. When her mind-boggling visions of the world's end comes true, as depicted in her drawings, Evie has to find a way to use her mysterious powers to survive. In the meantime, the smoking hot, bad-boy Cajun, Jack, comes around to protect her, even though he may not want to. Evie and Jack's relationship is rare in young adult literature. Their differences and prejudices keep them apart for a good part of the novel, yet their toing-and-froing is tantalizing and definitely entertaining!

Cole's Poison Princess is a welcome break from the cookie-cutter novels that seep with unoriginality and the same-old themes. 22 teens, though only a few are introduced in the novel, survive the end of the world embodying characters from a set of tarot cards; if this doesn't cause one to dive in, what will? The story is involving enough to read continuously without interruption. By the time the story reaches its crescendo, readers will be stuck between speechless and completely awed by Cole's skill in writing heart-racing scenes full of power and action. Evie's growth from the girl too afraid to accept the truth of her destiny to the girl who embraces it is the highlight of the novel. The Arcana Chronicles has phenomenal potential and with the first book in the series, Poison Princess, Kresely Cole makes it a sure-fire series!
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