Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: So I read with the cover on the left but the new cover is the right. I like them both but again I prefer the cover on the right. The font is better, the colors stick with the theme of the book and the cover on the left.
In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.
Evie has fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jack was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, Evie realizes that there is a war brewing between the teens who’ve been given powers following the apocalypse, and it’s kill or be killed. When Evie meets Death, the gorgeous and dangerous Endless Knight, things get even more complicated. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history. One that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. Evie is drawn to Death, but in love with Jack. She is determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, and in the process, struggles to accept her place in the prophecy that will either save the world, or destroy it.
So this was better than the first book, probably because Jack really wasn’t in the picture. Oh he is still there and a major part of the story but mostly this is about Death and Evie.
Yes, that means there is a love triangle and I usually don’t care for them but this was just an obvious eye roll for me because it’s SOOOOOO obvious who I’m teaming for. Not Jackson! noooooooo major loser in so many aspects. ABUSER! sorry, okay. *deep breath* moving on…
Something else that was off was Evie. Where was the sassy, snarky character I liked in Poison Princess? Boo. then again. to be fair, I could see someone losing their sarcasm after going through what she did, you know with the world ending/apocalypse type thing then you’ve got zombies and blood, and horror and all sorts of weird crap I may just lose my humor too.
In this book we find out a lot more about why everything is happening and about the history of the Arcana games plus a lot more history between players and their pasts lives/games. cool. I liked all that.
I really enjoyed the side characters and have become attached to many of them so I look forward to more on them and hope they don’t die but then again I hope they do because that would be a shocker right?! I’m so odd, sorry, I know…
So this whole story with Death was a lot more interesting than anything I read in the first book and feel like the chemistry between Death and Evie is a lot more there than Jack and Evie in the first book. #teamdeath all the way!
How the book ended totally made me mad, not only did it leave on a cliff hanger but…what the heck was that??? NOOOOOOOO!!!!!
I do not see this as a YA book there is a lot more adult content then I would have thought for a book being published as YA or maybe it’s NA. Whatever.
Overall it was better than book one and I still want to know what happens with the actual game so lets see if I give up on the series or not with the next book.