Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

Evie meets my gaze. “I’ll tell you. All of my story. And I’ll try to remember as much as possible. But, Arthur . . .” “Yes?” Her eyes are glinting, her expression ashamed. So exquisitely wretched. “What I believe happened might not be what actually took place.”

Evie’s been having some strange visions… Visions of the world ending.

“Just a useless little doll—pretty to look at and not a damn thing more.” While Lionel snickered, I gritted my teeth, determined not to let them know I understood. Oh, I’m more than a useless little doll, Cajun. I’m a damaged one. And if you knew what went on inside my mind, you’d make the sign of the cross and run the other way.

When reality starts to become more of an apocalyptic nightmare, Evie notices some strange similarities to her visions.

Now she must learn to trust herself and Jackson, the one guy who may just save her life…

And steal her heart while he’s at it.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I really liked this book because it did what any good dystopian book should, it took the world you know (the one you’re comfortable with) and it turned that world on its head. That’s probably one of the reasons I like dystopia so much in the first place, I like to visit other’s perceptions of a chaotic future… (that and a little chaos is always fun). Anyway, I love how from the first page of this book you’re pulled into this chaotic world and the first person you are exposed to, is hunting the main character. The author makes you the villain and you are hearing the first part of the story as the main character tells it to the villain.  In the beginning the main character, Evie, really got on my nerves in that she seemed really naive (villian thought so too) and as she started telling her story I liked her even less. Luckily, as the story progressed she began to get stronger and actually fight for herself instead of depending on others. The male lead, Jackson, is really a swing character for me in that he’s jaded, especially when it comes to the differences in his and Evie’s social status’. One minute he’s saving the day and I’m reading and swooning at the same time . Then (what seems like) the next page he takes something that Evie says, totally misunderstands it and lashes out. The boy was definitely giving me whiplash with his mood swings, but deep down I still like him (he’s also Cajun with an awesome accent, and yes you can hear it as you read). This book is mysterious and has you continuously guessing as to what’s going to happen next, think a Mara Dyer-ish series, and I can’t wait to start the next book in the series. It is part of a series but it’s a trilogy and it’s COMPLETE! 😀

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