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Series: The Arcana Chronicles #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on October 1st 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Young Adult
Source: From Publisher
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In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Timesbestselling 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. She now knows that the teens who've been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It's kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.
With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.
When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she's drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can't remember—but Death can't forget.
After thoroughly enjoying Poison Princess last year, I was highly anticipating this sequel's release! Poison Princess took such an exciting turn at the end with tarot cards and a paranormal feel that and I couldn't wait to see how that storyline would roll over into the next installment. And let me tell you, the action picks up right where we left off.
The action, the action, the action! I was hoping the author would deliver with the promise of excitement as we learn more about a deadly game involving characters and their gifts that correlate with tarot cards, and she totally hit the mark there! We are thrown right into the world we left off in, everyone learning the truth and running for their lives from zombie-like Bagmen, cannibals and other deadly card players. No one knows who exactly to trust and I must say this remains to be my favorite aspect of the whole series. There are a few scenes that really made it hard to put this book down. Everything else aside, I've never read anything like this. So many interesting new characters with awesome and sometimes scary talents, and we finally get to meet Death!
Oh Death, how do I even wrap my head around him. We see a completely other side to him this time around, like maybe he isn't such the bad guy we wanted and hoped he would be. And I say hoped because the dreaded love triangle is introduced here, which I sort of assumed from the cover. I still don't know what to think about it, to be honest. Do I hate it, do I like it? But it is so hard not to feel something between Evie and Death when his presence is so prevalent and Jack's is severely lacking. Unsuspecting revelations make this all the much harder. And poor Jack, my feelings for him were unclear last time and I believe the same can be said for this book. He has moments of swoon but other times he comes off as just a horny teen with one thing on his mind.
Evie is pretty kick-ass this time around. Annoying sometimes still, but seriously kick-ass. I do enjoy some of her one-liners though. She's become so strong and fearless, and I love that about her character growth. She is pitted against some pretty scary characters and she holds her own. And she is willing to do anything to protect her friends.
There is a whole list of players we have yet to meet and I'm so hoping we get that chance next time around. I have no idea where this will go but I'm excited to find out!