Saturday, 6 August 2016

Review: Day Zero (The Arcana Chronicles #3.5) by Kresley Cole

Day Zero (The Arcana Chronicles #3.5)
Behind 174 Pages
Released: 1 August 2016
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian
Publisher: Valkyrie Press
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At the Other End:
Arcana means secrets, and these Arcana Chronicles short stories from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole are filled with them. Experience firsthand the beginning of the end and behold the apocalypse through the eyes of characters you only thought you knew. 

Ashes to ashes . . . 
Evie Greene’s story of the Flash is just one of many. All over the world, those connected in some way to the lethal Arcana game—like Death, Jack, and Fortune—must first survive a horrifying night of blood and screams. 

We all fall down. 
Some will have to grapple with new powers; all will be damned to a hellish new existence of plague, brutality, desolation, and cannibalism. Find out who they lost, why they endure, and what they sacrificed in order to live past Day Zero. . . . 

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.

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Can I just say how much I loved Day Zero. I loved it from the very start until the end and reading this companion novel/novella makes me miss this series a whole lot more and is reminding me how much I’m craving Arcana RisingReminder! If you’re going to read Day Zero but haven’t read the first three books yet, I highly recommend that you do first because Day Zero contains spoilers to the first three books.

I think what mainly made me love this companion novel was how everything was set out. At the beginning of each Arcana, it listed the card name, the calling, nicknames, powers, special skills, weapons, tableau description, icon, unique Arcana characteristics and who they were before the Flash. After these, quite a few of the Arcana show their stories about the day of the Flash in their own POV. It was just a short chapter, but it really gives you a perspective about who they were before this all happened and how much they actually knew about who they really were and the overall game. Even though he isn’t a confirmed Arcana, Jack was included as well, so we got to read about what happened after Evie left his house and what he really thinks about Evie.

Of course you guys would know that opening this book up with Death’s card made me really love this companion so much more. I loved every second reading his POV and seeing some of his memories from past lives of the Empress. I got a little disappointed when I got to the Tower’s card and it didn’t include a POV from him, I’m a tad obsessed with Joules for some reason (not in a Death way) and even though I got my fix from Joules being in Calanthe/Temperance’s POV, I still wish for his POV on everything. Another POV that I loved reading about in this companion was Evie’s. Now, I know what you’re thinking, didn’t we get to read Evie’s POV in Poison Princess? Yes, we did! But the reason why I loved it was that it served as a refresher to everything that happened and having this make me remember a lot more about what happened in Poison Princess than I had originally remembered before starting Day Zero.

My only complaint was that even though we didn’t get to see Joules’ POV (because his was combined with Calanthe’s), it still skipped over most of the characters’ POVs. I couldn’t help myself and have started Poison Princess again in the lead up to Arcana Rising, but I’ve been thinking back to what happens in the first three books, and I would have liked to see everyone’s POV and finding out exactly what they were like before the Flash and their mindset while it was all happening. I would have liked to have seen how The Lovers and The Hermit were before this all happened and how their story lines became the way they did in the novels.

This companion novel has made me want to re-read this series again. I’m honestly feeling that itch to pick up Poison Princess right now and just do a binge before Arcana Rising comes out (WHICH NEED TO HURRY UP AND RELEASE ALREADY!!). If you haven’t read this series yet, I strongly recommend that you pick it up. It is a highly addictive series and it’s a completely unique story  that I haven’t seen anywhere else (which you can probably only say about a handful of books).

I just want to think out loud for a second here, none of this is part of my actual review or anything. So, a lot of people think that Jack is the inactivated The Hanged Man Arcana card, but no one knows it yet (only the Fool knows). But, I really hope that he isn’t. It’s not because I don’t like Jack, but because it would be really cliché just to have one of the main love interests suddenly:
A – survives an incident (Emperor’s lava) that was confirmed to have killed the Arcana he was with (Selene/The Moon). Which would be completely unrealistic, even in a dystopian/paranormal series.
B – because he is a love interest and the only one that is human, making him into an Arcana just makes the whole thing really cliché and “picture perfect”. Like what are the freaking chances? Can something just not be predictable? What would be interesting is for someone that one of the characters meet in the next book that becomes a central character to become The Hanged Man.

This novel was received for review via Sullivan + Partners. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. I'll have to check this one out, you're review definitely makes me want to read it!

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  3. I have heard a lot about this series! Guess I'll have to check it out! :)


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