• Page Count: 369
  • Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • My Rating: 1.5 stars

Book Description:

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) 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, 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 depend on 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 twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side.

My Thoughts:


1.5 stars. I can see why others might like this series, but it’s definitely not for me.

It’s just a series of YA tropes and total “wtf” scenes.

The story starts out told through the POV of the world’s creepiest psycho serial killer or something. So that was weird. Then Evie starts to tell him the story of how she survived the apocalypse and made it to his house. At the beginning of her story, Evie has started to hallucinate weird things like burning people, Death calling her “Empress,” and a red witch. But she has to pretend to be totally normal because she’s the typical unpleasant popular cheerleader stereotype.

On the first day of school she’s attracted to this brooding, motorcycle-riding new guy named Jack. He’s Cajun, from the wrong side of the bayou, and has the most annoying accent ever. Like it’s just straight up hard to read. The story follows the general YA formula… Evie and Jackson are assigned to be partners in a class. He manages to be creepy from day one. They bicker.

Anyways, Evie’s been desperate to keep her boyfriend Brand faithfull all summer, so she’s promised him she’ll sleep with him soon (because “once a racehorse learns how to run, you can’t expect to keep him hobbled for long”). A good chunk of the first half of the book revolves around Evie’s friends continually telling her she has to sleep with Brand to keep him. He’s obviously a catch.

About halfway through the flash/apocalypse comes (which looks like northern lights?) and all of Evie’s friends die. I’m super thrilled I wasted all of those chapters watching their annoying characters be established. Evie learns that all of her visions of the Major Arcana tarot card people talking to her are real and they’re coming after her.

Then her mom dies and Evie’s left with Jack, who is somehow even more unlikeable. He’s just a straight up ass the entire story. Sex is pretty much all that’s on his mind too, only he’s got even less self-control than Brand. When Evie won’t sleep with Jack right after he kisses her for the first time he’s all “I’d pegged you for a snob, but I didn’t figure you for a miserable tease.” But that’s actually one of the kinder things out of his mouth. Swoon.

I’m tired of ranting about the types of guys who are romanticized in YA books, so I’ll make this short. Brooding & mysterious air is one thing. But most of these guys are straight up rude with zero redeeming/likable qualities. And they’re ALL THE SAME. Maybe I should stop reading stuff like this, Lux, or Hush, Hush and hoping for something different… I just wanted to read a silly plot without wanting to run away screaming (mostly in anger) from the main guy.

If you don’t mind slut-shaming, nonstop sexual “tension” that sounds like it’s written by a middle schooler, teens who text like adults from the early 2000s, and characters who are complete cliches, you might have more patience with this story than I did. I was mostly just frustrated the whole way through.

Seriously, though – so many lines made me stop and stare at the page like “is this really what we’re going with:”

“So what are you going to do about Brandon’s hymen safari?”

About a girl who wears microminis and cutoff t-shirts: the guys in this town had just never encountered a girl so blatantly available for sex, and it was making them a little wild.

The Louisiana/bayou setting was a nice change from the typical nameless suburb, so that was original. And the plot does seem to have some potential with the Arcana stuff, buuuut it barely even went there. The actual plot is mostly pointless, weird, boring, or irritating filler.

And I didn’t finish the second book, so I’ll just include my brief thoughts on Endless Knight here:

Oh, dear. And I thought the first book was rage-inducing.

I really shouldn’t have even picked this up. Whyyyyy. I think I was hoping maybe there was something redeeming in the second book because I hate giving books one star. But this series is just definitely not for me.

Jack was a complete redneck jerk in the first book, but he somehow managed to get even worse here. BUT the best part is that now Evie’s literally attracted to Death (that incredibly creepy serial killer type POV from the intro of the first book). And I… just can’t even go into how unhealthy and messed up this love triangle gets. I’m out. The zombies and cannibals aren’t saving this mess. I heard Evie’s pregnant with Death’s child in the next book so I’m done for real this time. WHY are there so many female characters who romanticize the guys who want to kill them. DNF at 40%.


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