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Arcana Rising (The Arcana Chronicles) (Volume 5) Paperback – August 15, 2016
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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 on Poison Princess "It's dark, it's sexy, it's a little bit gruesome, it has intriguing lore, a fierce heroine, wickedly yummy bad boys and brilliant writing." -Fiktshun on Endless Knight "Cole has hit her stride with the Arcana Chronicles and this is the strongest entry to date! Jaw-dropping action keeps readers turning the page until the earth-shattering conclusion . . ." -RT Book Reviews (Top Pick Gold) on Dead of Winter "The most exciting, chilling, action-packed Arcana Chronicles book to date." -USA Today on Dead of Winter
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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, 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 *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/ )
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I'm tired of reading dime a dozen YA books that keep getting pumped out recently where the heroine craps out on the reader by being whiny, spoiled, selfish, weak, naive, unjustifiably egotistical, just plain mean, split personality, (insert more adjectives) just to stretch a series out. And no, I don't expect my YA heroine's to be perfect, but I do expect them to grow and mature as the series grows. So I'll just come right out and say it - are you ready for this? (Hope you're sitting down.) Evie has crapped out on us in this installment.
Here, Evie's actions and thought processes over Jack and Aric stink of high school teenie-bopperism rather than a girl that has already been to true hell and back...and survived. No matter what age you are, when really, REALLY shi**y things happen to you, you grow up fast. I want a heroine I can stand behind. I want a heroine that I can look up to. I want a heroine that when I put the book down, I say to myself, "you know what? I'm going to try harder in my own real life because this damn amazing girl has inspired me." Not so, here in this book.
I've read every book and novella Kresley Cole has ever published (I am TRULY a fan), and up until Arcana Rising, I would have said this was the best YA series I have ever read. Unfortunately, I'm not so sure anymore. That said, BECAUSE I am a major fan of Cole, I'm not going to give up on this series. Though I will no longer auto-buy this series (I'll be reading reviews before I purchase the next one), I will still eagerly await installment six.
Evie, whether you want to or not, you're rumbling with the big boys. Put your big-girl knickers ON already, girl! You've got a lot of fans out here backing you and unlike you in this book, they're growing up, not regressing.
A stronger alliance develops to take on Richter in the next novel as Joules, Finn, and Gabriel join Aric, Lark, and Evie (and indirectly Circe). We also have Sol who seems to be helping them.
We see the development of The Hanged Man (who is clearly Jack) as he sacrifices his attachment to Evie to evolve as a new man (which is literally the meaning of The Hanged Man tarot card).
I have to admit...I was frustrated beyond belief with Evie's childlike selfishness and inability to choose a man in the last novel, but her mourning over Jack was so believable it made me wonder what Kresley Cole has gone through in her life. Finally, Evie seems like a normal human being instead of a spoiled brat.
I read other reviews in which they scold Cole for Evie's pregnancy. All of you who mentioned this in a negative way are clearly not tarot card readers. The Empress is sometimes depicted as pregnant and can mean a literal pregnancy in a reading. I think Cole's choice for Evie to be pregnant was the only possible way to make this series the perfect depiction of a true "Tarot" story.
I am thoroughly impressed and I can't wait for the next one in Spring!