First off I hope everyones having an AMAZING day. This is actually my first personal post of the year and if that isn’t cause to celebrate I don’t know what is. Well, me and Jojo (my sister, and co-owner of this blog) recently merged our blogs (you’d know this if you followed either of us personally before the merge) and since then I haven’t really put out any new content. So well I recently started reading a bunch of young adult novels and I thought, ‘here’s an idea, why don’t I review what I’m reading’ and the rest, well you know the rest. That said, let’s get to it! *rubs palms together.
Oh and before I go ahead, there may or may not be quite a few spoilers, you have been warned.
The Arcana Chronicles books one and two.
AUTHOR: Kresely Cole
Post apocalyptic adventure, romance and stuff.
Summary book one: 16 year old Evie Greene realizes her post apocalyptic hallucinations are infact visions of the future when they come true. Unsure of who to trust, Evie is forced to turn to her bad boy (in every sense of the word) classmate for protection. She realizes she has powers, and she’s not the only one, other teens have been selected to reenact an ancient battle to the death, and while some may be her allies, others are definitely not.
REVIEW BOOK ONE: Where do I even begin with this one? My first impression of this book, from picking it up at the library was “Nice cover, nice summary” (for the original jacket summary click here) But when I started reading it, I didn’t like it. Don’t jump to any conclusions yet, let me tell you why. See, it starts off in the POV of Arthur, an utter psycho who is trying to lure Evie into a trap and make her one of his test subjects as he has done to some other girls he’s keeping in his basement (literally) His POV, (only about a chapter or so) was creepy because you could tell he felt absolutely no remorse about what he was doing and viewed everyone other than himself as a bunch of bodies to test his experiments. This guy had zero value for human life. Also his POV takes place months Post Flash (which is what they’re calling the apocalypse) and then reverts to Evies POV as she tells the story of how she came to be where she is.
I didn’t know how he fit into the story, I was also impatient (eager to read a certain other novel) so I had trouble keeping my attention on the book for long enough to actually get into it. But when I did, boy did I get into it.
I LOVE this book. I love the attraction and tension between Evie and Jack (the love interest) I love how we get to understand why Jack is the way he is with Evie. He’s a dirt poor, motorcycle riding, cajun boy and she’s a rich southern girl. He doesn’t believe she could ever see him as an equal. And as a result, he fights her every chance he gets (not physically) but she persists, proving to him time and again that she is not as weak as he initially thought. I enjoyed how in a world exposed to new Post Apocalypse threats: Bagmen, cannibals, slavers, drought and much more they were able to rely on each other as they travelled together. I love how I didn’t understand how Arthur (the psycho) fit into the whole story until I absolutely had to. And how we get to see Evie embrace her powers, powers which she didn’t fully understand herself at earlier points in the book. I love a bunch of things about this book, but most of all I love the idea. The books connection to tarot cards is one I have truly never seen explored in such a way before. It’s not your typical YA (Fantasy?) book recycled into a new story, its fresh, and that’s what makes it truly special. I definitely recommend.
Summary book two: Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of the events in the previous book, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other cards, teens like her who 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, 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. (for original summary click here)
REVIEW BOOK TWO: I didn’t want this book to end. This book is beautiful, poetic, intense, thrilling and oh so seductive. The second book in the series kicks off right were the first book left off. I’d explain, but then I’d have to ruin it by giving away one of the best parts of both books. I don’t want to do that. Kresley (the author) builds up that wonderful romance between Jack and Evie and right when it finally gets good for them, right when they aren’t arguing long enough to actually get together… She rips it away.
Enter Death: Death, is an arcana like Evie and the victor of the last two arcana battles/games. At first when he is referred to in the previous book we see him as a villain, as a person to fear, and he is all that, and much more. Kresley hints at there being a connection between Evie and Death, a history that they have shared in past lives, and in this book we get to explore and eventually understand it. Evie is captured by Death and separated from Jack. Death takes Evie to his luxurious Mansion where he has all the comforts that the Post Apocalyptic world can only (and quite faintly) remember having, (Apparently he had been preparing for the apocalypse for a long, long time) and where she is kept as a partial prisoner for quite some time.
His initial plan is to kill Evie, but he can’t bring himself to do it. Turns out the history between Death and Evie, one she cannot remember but one he cannot forget, runs much much deeper than she could have ever imagined. And even though at first he’s hostile towards her, we eventually get to see why. Death is a man who can kill with a single touch, and since Evies powers are somehow a contrast to his, she’s the only one who cannot die by his touch. As a result, he’s naturally attracted to her, and eventually, vice versa. But he’s afraid to love her after she has betrayed him in so many lifetimes past. As Evie gradually remembers what happened between them, she starts to see Death less as just a villain and more as the man he truly is, a man broken by events of his past. And though Evie has not forgotten Jack, within the plentiful time she and Death spend together, her feelings for him start to grow.
This book answers many questions readers would undoubtedly have after reading the first book and then some. New characters are introduced, new alliances formed, new betrayals…
This book made me want to weep with emotion and the ending… hot damn. I highly recommend.
Well then guys, that’s it for this review. I may review the rest in the series after I read them. Let me know your thoughts on the books if you’ve read them and your thoughts if you haven’t. I’ll be reviewing some other books in the near future so if you have any you’d like to recommend, please do not hesitate to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
Stay gorgeous people!