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- Audible.com Release Date: September 29, 2016
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Arcana Rising: The Arcana Chronicles, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
And yet here we are with a baby on the way! Awesome! Wow! Do you have a clue what happens now? (Sorry, Hamilton brain)
I don't hate Death. He actually grew on me in this book. I liked seeing him happy. I just wish it was with someone else. He didn't earn Evie's love, he guilt tripped her and deluded her into thinking she loves him.
Yeah, my big grip with this book is mainly because I am Team Jack and was hoping for a nice reunion between them. But I don't see that happening unless Death dies. Which...part of me doesn't want him too because he's an interesting character. But then again part of me does because TEAM JACK.
I know my review is one big Team Jack rant but honestly, that's because noting except Team Death stuff happened in this book! Why do certain books have to be one sided? We could have at least gotten more from Joules/Gabe/Finn! (Joules is actually my favorite character above all else!) Using their story as well as more Jackson would have broken up the monotony of chillen in Death's compound.
There was so much hype for this book (because of the stellar cliffhanger of book 3!) so to finish this and be like-ok we are in basically the same place we started except now there is a baby on the way-was really disappointing. I am giving 3 stars instead of 2 only because the car ride with Joules, Gabe, Finn, Death, and Evie was the best!!!! I would literally to pay to watch a sitcom of just them hanging out. Also, Sol is awesome.
Theories for book 5:
-Matthew is shady as hell. He is either setting up Evie to win the game or to win the game for himself. I honestly can't tell if he is good or bad.
-Grandma was up to something before she died.
-Paul may be a minor arcana and playing everyone.
-Paul may be the Hanged Man.
-Paul may actually be Matthew! We don't know the extent of the Fool's powers. And when he was freeing Jack from the prison, Jack said for a second Matthew flashed into someone he didn't recognize. Paul had many opportunities to set things in motion for an outcome he wanted (killing Grandma, giving Evie a fake contraceptive shot and then telling her she was crazy). This all applies to the minor arcana/Hanged Man/ or Matthew in disguise theory. But Paul is definitely more of a major character than we think.
-Jack is the Hanged Man (I think that's everyone's theory which is why I think it might not actually happen)
-Evie's dad is the Hanged Man and going to make a come back.
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!
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So GOOD!! Bonne chance and onto the next in the series!!