Get out your Tarot deck and polish your Louisiana accept, because we’re going to the deep South! Check out Bryan and Robert’s review of Poison Princess by Kresley Cole.
Bryan’s quick summary:
Evie Green is one of the popular kids in her Louisiana high school, at least until she starts seeing terrifying visions. Shortly after the cajun outcast Jack Deveaux takes an interest in her and her secret hallucinations, the world is changed forever, and Evie’s visions may have everything to do with it. Will an ancient prophecy light the way to a world-altered battle between good and evil? Will Evie find out which side she’s on before it’s too late?
Poison Princess is by Kresley Cole
So what did we think? (From a reader’s perspective)
1. (Bryan) Another case of two different books in one, a high school drama and a post apocalyptic occult piece. I enjoyed both.
2. (Robert) What a fabulous book! I really really want to read the rest now! Part Hannibal, part high-school drama, mostly a Stephen King-like post-apocalyptic zombie road trip with some mystery powers based on the Tarot thrown in for good luck. For the older YA reader – there’s plenty of alcohol and sexual references, as well as the “loss of sexual innocence” sub-theme.
3. (Bryan) Hell of an ending, one of those cliffhangers that resolves and still hangs.
What did we think from a writer’s perspective?
1. (Bryan) These southern bad boys are like gold as characters, I feel like I need to write a few into my next book.
2. (Robert) I found the change of moods, dialog-styles and settings (pre- and post- apocalypse; the evolving and precarious relationship) superbly done and fascinating. A lot to learn from this author!
3. (Bryan) I think most readers of this series would be willing to go along with the crazy of the apocalypse, but it still feels pretty shocking when it happens. Nothing wrong with delivering the expected in an unexpected way.
Bryan and Robert’s Famous Takeaways:
1. Regional bad boys rock, especially as love interests.
2. Great use of paranormal powers where they are NOT the centerpiece, but they are critical to the story. Kudos to not making it all about the magic. Even the hallucination sequences are okay (Robert: I don’t normally like these).
3. It would have been tempting to let the paranormal stuff out early, but we go through similar revelations as Evie does, and when the reader arc matches the character’s, the story is improved IMO!
Prompt of the Week:
Of the many tarot cards featured in this book, which do you think best embodies your archetype and why? How would you fit into the post-apocalyptic world of our main characters in Poison Princess?