I was browsing at the library the other week and I found Poison Princess new in their teen section. I’d seen the cover around and it was mildly on my radar so I figured I’d give it a try.
Then I got reading other things and it sat beside my bed, untouched for 2 weeks.
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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, killing everyone she loves, 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 trust 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 teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…
In Poison Princess, New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces a dark and intriguing world, full of unspeakable danger and irresistible romance.[/box]
My only regret about reading this book is that I didn’t read it sooner. I’m freaking out over how good it seriously is. I read on average 5 books a week and after a while they all start to blur together. YA, boiled down, is Girl meets boy. Girl and boy shouldn’t be together but they want to be. Girl and boy overcome it.
This is not that book.
There was so much growth between the characters. The world and magic system is so richly developed it nearly pops off the page. Every character has a history, each little clue weaves together to draw a map to what you can expect at the end.
The only thing I slightly didn’t like was how the prologue and the other few scenes with that pair of characters together felt a bit off. I think it could have been told straight through without Aurthur’s POV. But I did understand how that gave a new layer to the storytelling and it wasn’t a major gripe. I did like how it shows how far Evie’s acceptance of her abilities has come.
I cannot wait for book 2, Endless Knight.