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Publisher's Summary

22 Arcana cards. 22 young assassins. May the best hand live. Introducing The Arcana Chronicles from number one New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole.

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 ii's not always clear who is on which side....

©2012 Kresley Cole (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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  • Marc
  • 2012-10-09

Great new series (for teens and adults too!)

I am a fan of Kresley Cole's work, so I did not think twice before purchasing this audio book. I was not disappointed!

Of course, this is not the usual adult fiction that you might expect from this author: this is obviously meant for teens (some romance, some 'heat' here and there, but markedly toned down in comparison with, say, the Immortals After Dark series).

I loved the story. The fantasy world woven throughout is captivating, the characters are interesting, and I could not predict most of what was going to happen in the story. The writing is excellent, and even though there are some 'teen story cliches' in a few places (some 'Twilight' flavor at the start), you forget it as the mysteries unfold. Kept me hooked from beginning to end!

Best of all with this audio book: the narrators. The novel is split into parts that are alternately narrated by the main character (Evelyne) and a vilain (Arthur). Each is read by a different narrator, and both do an AMAZING job of it! I am convinced that though reading this novel on paper would be great, the narrator performance makes this an audio must!

In short, I can't wait to read the sequel!!!!

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  • Katherine
  • 2012-10-12

I have a crush on YA books

WOW! I was a little nervous when I first heard Kresley Cole was taking a break from her IAD series to write a YA novel. But, I gave it a try and was NOT disappointed. I really LOVED this book. As always, Ms. Cole is amazing at story-telling and world building. She is brilliant at character development and her imagination is genius! Emma Galvin is a PERFECT narrator for YA books (she is one of my favorites).

It’s been a long time since I’ve been considered a “young adult” but I have to say I absolutely love this genre. (Dare I say I have a crush?)

This is definitely a credit worthy read, especially for fans of YA and/or Kresley Cole.

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  • Vicki
  • 2012-10-11

Awesome Book, Even for Adults!

I am a huge Kresley Cole fan, and I thought I'd try this book, even though it is marketed for "teens." It is awesome. It has a lot of similarities to the Hunger Games, but in my opinion, much better and more interesting. The narrators are great and really bring the story to life. I could not stop listening. I think this is appropriate for high school girls, but adults will love it as well. The ending was great and I can't wait for the next book in the series!

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  • MAB
  • 2013-01-03

Favourite YA Book of 2012 (and I'm a grown-up)

If you could sum up Poison Princess in three words, what would they be?

Fun, Sexy, Dark.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Poison Princess?

Jack, Evie and the motorcycle...or maybe Jack, Evie and the pool....sigh.

What about Emma Galvin and Keith Nobbs ’s performance did you like?

I found this book by searching for other titles narrated by Emma Galvin, after listening to the Divergent series. She is quickly becoming my favourite narrator and does an excellent job, once again. Keith Nobb was appropriately creepy, but I did find myself waiting for Evie's parts to resume.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

A qualified YES. I struggled to get through the first few chapters of the book. I downloaded it based solely on the good reviews and my admiration of Emma Galvin's narration skills, but I didn't know much about the author. The teen language and dialogue rings true and, as an adult, I thought I might be in for a difficult listen but boy was I wrong. After I got used to the author's style, the story was sexy and exciting, and I found myself staying up late to finish the book. A few times, I even stayed in the car to finish the next chapter!

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I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. This is a great start to a promising series. I almost didn't get past the first few chapters but I am so glad that I stayed with it. This was definitely one of my favourite audiobooks of 2012, Young Adult or otherwise.

A word to parents: I like to pre-screen books that my tween daughter might be interested in, so I listen to a lot of YA. This is not a book for tweens (or maybe even younger teens). There is a fair amount of drinking, strong language and sexual content. The protagonist is 15/16, and that's about the minimum age I'd be comfortable with.

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  • M. Herbert
  • 2013-07-15

I'm OBSESSED!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Poison Princess?

The ending! It was insane!

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I’m obsessed with Poison Princess. Really…no lie! I’m totally and completely obsessed. Who would have thought that someone would take the 22 trump cards from The Major Arcana Tarot deck, create characters from them, and then write a totally awesome book? There are so many things that make this book fan-friggin-tastic, and I’ll do my best to tell you why without revealing spoilers.

The whole story was very well done. It starts out in the point of view of this obviously psychotic and creepy dude who has just lured a girl into his home, and that had me terrified of what might happen next. But you don’t get to find out what happens next until quite a bit later because the next scene is in the point of view of the popular girl at school, Evie, who is returning after the normal school summer break. Except Evie’s summer break (little do her friends know) was anything but normal…she spent her summer in a mental institution and has no doubt in her mind that she’s truly insane. But is she really? It’s when the apocalypse happens that she realizes that she might not be so crazy after all.

One of the things that makes this book so phenomenal is the characters. And, even though I can’t say which character I like best because I have so many favorites, each one made me want to learn more about the characters of the tarot. So it’s pretty cool that The Arcana Chronicles website shows all the trump cards and the story character associated with each card. If you want to head on over to The Arcana Chronicles website, go to Fun Stuff and just click on a trump card to flip it over to see if Kresley Cole’s introduced that card in her series. Oh, one last thing! I do want to especially mention one character…Jack Deveaux! Boy is he drool-worthy but, at the same time, what a complete jerk!

There’s action, heartbreak, and romance in Poison Princess…and more than enough complications throughout the last half of the book to make the story move really fast. And then the end is so unbelievably well done! It ties everything up but, at the same time, it leaves you suspended with a phenomenal cliffhanger. It was awesome! This is a must read…like right now. Or, listen to the audio if you like because that’s what I did.

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  • Jodi
  • 2012-10-12

Enjoyable!

I have always loved kresley cole and she didn't fail to please me again. I am looking forward to more Cole on audio!!

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  • OutOfStyle1989
  • 2012-10-26

Emma Galvin is my favorite narrator :-)

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Emma is an amazing Narrator. She always makes the characters have depth as she reads. So far I have listened to 6 books she has performed by different authors and enjoyed everyone.

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  • Silenna5150
  • 2016-01-14

Surprising

I picked this book on a whim not expecting much more than you're typical YA novel. You know, girl meets boy, personal reasons keep them from working together even though they both secretly want it. What I found was an immersive tale about a world of adventure and self discovery. The romance is still there, but at least it felt slightly more driven by events in the story rather than lame teenage angst. I recommend this book not to people who search for their next dystopian fix, but for people who enjoy interesting characters and the unfolding of a universe unlike any other I have experienced. Going into this book, I knew absolutely nothing about tarot, but I found the use of it to be fun and new. Solid story and great narration with entertaining characters.

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  • Ezinwanyi
  • 2013-11-05

It was okay

I enjoyed the narrator but I don't know how I felt about the story. It was okay, but Ithink my feelings were affected by the fact that I read Allegiant & Horde this past week. So a 3rd YA Dystopian was just overkill in a week.

Plus, Evangeline didn't quite measure up to Tris or Deuce. She was their opposite as she wasn't really a "heroine" yet. She was unsure, scared, and just a follower for all except the last chapter. She wasn't resourceful and she didn't think quick on her feet. It's hard to see why she was the "Empress", but she came into her own at the very end of the book.
I wasn't sure if this world was an earth taken over by zombies, or an earth where supernaturals staged a game giving various characters powers to battle it out for survival. I think that is why I wasn't as drawn in to this plot. I will read book 2 before I decide what I think about this series. In addition, the lack of progress between Evie and Jackson was problematic for me. But like i said, I will give Kresley Cole book 2 to get me on board.

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  • Arwen
  • 2012-12-02

Completely Gobsmacked!

In a totally good way! This is a great, GREAT book/story. Loved the characters, Evie and Jackson. They both had depth and so much more going for them (not to mention going on within them) than you see on the surface. You've got to love a teenaged herione that you can really get behind...she is intelligent, compassionate, sometimes funny, and stronger than she knows. The conflicts with her own emotions and feelings (i.e. for Jackson) are realistic for the age and don't deminish her character. I liked the way she held such respect for the people formerly in her life that she had lost. The pace of the story was practically breathtaking, with no lack of twists and turns. It may have taken me just a little while to completely get into the story and get an idea where it was going, (and you may agree), but then I was totally hooked with no going back. It was much different than I expected based on the summary and the cover. At first I thought "what?" the summary did not give me any idea what this story was really like. Looking back again at the synopsis, I find that while it does lay out the basic idea of the plot, still the characters, the dialogue, and all the details are much different than what I expected and I was won over as a total fan just the same. Ms. Cole is killing me with the ending that is pretty much a heart-and gut-wrenching cliffhanger. I will be anxiously waiting for the next installment. Emma Galvin does a wonderful job with the narration, as usual. The male narrator was good for his part, but I was really creeped out by his part in the story. A least that part is explained by the end of this book. Please bring on book two soon! Highly recommend!

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  • Blandine - Lis-moi Lie-toi
  • 2015-12-31

Un audiobook qui rend justice

j'avais déjà beaucoup aimé le livre. Cet audiobook rend vraiment justice à l'histoire. les voix sont très agréable à écouter et transmettent les émotions des personnages.
un audiobook à découvrir !