Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole | 3 book review!

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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Don't miss out on Day Zero, which is currently out NOW! I'm reading it and OMG DEATH *swoons* I can never get enough of him, I swear. A massive thanks to Sullivan + Partners for the review copy of Day Zero.

If you're unsure about exactly what Day Zero is about, here is the synopsis: 

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. . . . 

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Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1)
Behind 384 Pages
Released: October 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
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At the Other End:
Sixteen-year-old Evie Greene thought her horrific apocalyptic hallucinations were a sign that she was slowly losing her mind. But when her visions come true, decimating the world around her and killing everyone she loves, Evie is forced to accept that she was seeing the future. 

Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she turns to wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate, the gorgeous and dangerous Jackson Deveaux for help. As Jackson and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have got the same call and discover that Evie is not the only one with special powers. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and as the battle between good and evil intensifies, it is not always clear who is on which side…

Poison Princess is seductive. It lures you in from the very first page and doesn’t let you go until the end... only to let you pick up the next book and continue the cycle. 

I can’t believe how much I loved this book. I wasn’t going into it expecting for it to blow my mind, but it DID!!!! I’m so surprised and shocked and I’m pretty sure it just makes me love this book even more now :D I can’t believe how long it’s taken me to actually start reading this series, and boy do I regret it now..... but, I’m currently binging Endless Knight and then Dead of Winter, so I’m not complaining too much haha. 

What got annoying for me was how naive Evie was both before and after the Flash. She didn’t change, or grow in any way throughout the book. She was weak and she didn’t change because she needed to be able to survive in their world now. I guess, if you really think about it, most people nowadays would really be like that if some sort of post apocalyptic event did happen. They would be naive and stupid, and it would be difficult for them to survive on their own. But HOLY MOLY those final two chapters!! Evie just turned BADASS! She grew so quickly and I loved seeing her in that new light.  

The only other thing that annoyed me was Jack’s constant mood swings. Seriously, this guy was acting like he was a woman at ‘that time of the month’ because of how quickly he changed moods. He would go from 0 to Jerk in 1 second. Not to mention, that Jack is literally the definition of a bad boy. He’s not one of those pretend bad boys in other books where the girl thinks he’s one because he wears black every day, combat books and leather jackets. Nope, Jack was legit, he would drink at practically all times of the day (including during school), have random sex with every girl he could see, and would get into fights and not stop them because he enjoyed it (Ok, fine, he rides a motorcycle as well). 

I really loved the plot line and the overall story. The whole Tarot card idea is brilliant, and it makes this book so unique and fresh. I’m excited to see how it will all play out, as well as see the other people/cards in play and what they can do. I’m really curious going into the second book to see how much Evie has changed after those last two chapters, and to see what Jack will do. I loved how it shows both pre-apocalyptic and post as well. I wouldn’t have minded to see what their first day after the Flash was like, especially discovering everything and having reality sink in. 

This is such a fantastic book, and I cannot wait for the rest of the series. I definitely recommend this to everyone who loves post-apocalyptic novels, as well as anyone who wants to read something unique and exciting.
Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2)
Behind 336 Pages
Released: October 2013 
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
At the Other End:
In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. 

In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed. 

Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history - one that Evie can't remember, but Death can't forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. 

Determined to discover why she's been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

Riveting and brimming with tension, Endless Knight was amazing, and even better than Poison Princess. 

There is seriously something going on in this series that makes me completely hooked. All I've been wanting to do is read this series, and I don't know if it could ever get old! I loved this book even more than the first one, which makes me extremely excited to start the next book. 

My dislikes in Poison Princess were mostly cleared in this book. Evie did grow into herself and really accepted who she is and who she was before. She's such a great character now, and it made me enjoy this book more.  

I absolutely adored Death. Yep, I'm definitely rooting for this guy. I get why you feel like you should hate him in Poison Princess and even at the start of this book, but once you actually see who he is then you really get to understand him. I definitely prefer Death over Jack, especially finding out those secrets that Jack hid from Evie. You could tell that he was lying to Evie about something (not to mention he even lied to her face by saying that there are no secrets between them). The only reason why this book doesn't get a 5 / 5 is because of Evie's decision to wait for Jack to talk to her before she "seals the deal" with Death.Really? After everything that Jack has done does she really think he isn't going to say what she wants to hear only so that he wins in his head? I really hate this guy now, after what he did and I don't think that Evie should forgive him.

Even though there isn't much really going on compared to the first book in the last half of this book, I couldn't tell at all because it was made up with getting to know Death better and understanding him and Evie's past.

I'm curious to see where the series will go from here and what Evie will do with Death's ultimatum. The ending for this book was just wow, and it makes you crave picking up the next book to find out what's going to happen. I cannot recommend this series enough! Definitely one of my fave series now.
Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles #3)
Behind 320 Pages
Released: June 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
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At the Other End:
Evie Green, the Empress, has been taken by Death who is one of the most fearsome among the Tarot. But there is an even more dangerous Tarot heading right for them… The Lovers. Two twisted siblings who use cruelty and torture on allies and enemies alike. 

Evie, Death and Jack must band together to find and kill the Lovers, but tensions arise when Jack witnesses the close bond that has developed between the Endless Knight and Evie, and she soon realizes that there is a very fine line between love and hate...

Explosive and nail biting, this series really doesn’t get old.

This book was a lot more romance focused than the last two. Poison Princess was focused on Evie falling for Jack, and Endless Knight was on her falling for Aric/Death (my SHIP!), meaning that this book, Dead of Winter was focused on the love triangle. Yes, there were heaps of other things going on as well, but most of this book was travelling, so of course you definitely see the romance more. 

I basically didn’t enjoy this book as much as Endless Knight because of Jack. I don’t like his ship with Evie and I felt like she only wants him over Aric/Death is because he took her Virginity and tells her that those in his family only love once. She completely forgets that he basically only wanted her in the beginning is because she was his half-brother’s girlfriend?! And, look at how often he lies and breaks promises to her?! She can’t even trust him and admits that she can’t as well. I hated how Jack was so sure that Evie would choose him, and he would speak for her all the time and tell people what she was allowed to do and what she wasn’t. It made me frustrated because she kept on saying that she isn’t to be owned, and yet here he is owning her. I don’t get what the complication here is, she admits that she is falling in love with Aric/Death and that she feels like they are connected in a deeper way (she even mentions the word ‘soul mates’ at one point). Does she just not want to be with him because she feels bad for the rest of the world being stuck with baggers, cannibals and slavers while she is tucked away being happy with Aric/Death with all those luxuries at her fingertips.

Sorry, this one’s a spoiler: (highlight to read) She would have chosen Aric/Death if he told her about his gift, and he did that for HER, not to win her over or anything but because he genuinely loves her. Jack only did things for her and said that he would rebuild Haven so that she would choose him, otherwise he wouldn’t have said anything until she made her decision. She was resisting him only because she loved Jack first? Really, it’s definitely because she lost her virginity to him, nothing more. I don’t know how many times Jack had to lie and deceive her for her to realize it. I’m a little sad because he is dead, but I do hope that he actually stays dead and isn’t alive because of some miracle. 

Even though this book was more focused on the love-triangle more than anything, it had a really good plot and I found myself still tearing at the pages to find out what happens. I loved every minute and surprisingly, I didn’t hate this love triangle as I have with others because it wasn’t always in your face. Sure, I was cringing at her moments with Jack, and swooning at her moments with Aric/Death, but after they all came to an agreement then the love triangle was put in the backseat to go after the Lovers. 

That ending was an absolute shocker. I cannot believe it ended like that, but I was expecting something to happen soon, I just didn’t know it would happen like THAT! OMG how could this book end on that!!! I just... I can’t. Why did this book have to be the one with the worst cliff hanger? I can’t wait :’(

These novels were received for review via Simon and Schuster Australia. These reviews are entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway these reviews or change my personal opinion of the novels.

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