Blurb (from Goodreads):
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.
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 it’s not always clear who is on which side….
My rating: 8 out of 10 stars
(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Evie has one hell of a destiny. For months she’s had nightmares and visions of an apocalypse. She draws what she sees in her journal, and because her mother saw her journal, she’s been stuck in a mental health facility for months.
Finally home, she knows that she just has to stick it out for the next two years and graduate, then she can leave. But Evie’s visions and nightmares seem to be getting worse, not better, and when she sees the northern lights in the sky in Alabama, she knows that what she has been seeing is about to come true. The flash/apocalypse is about to happen.
Surviving the apocalypse, Evie must then try to survive with her ill mother, and a lack of food.
When Jackson – a Cajun bad boy from school turns up with bad news – a militia is on their way to enslave Evie and her mom, Evie must put her faith in Jackson to keep her safe, which isn’t what she wants to do.
Evie goes with Jackson but doesn’t share her secrets with him, and doesn’t tell him that she not only sees visions but also hears voices, and that she wants to find her grandmother because she believes that she knows what is happening to Evie. Evie knows that her visions have something to do with her grandmothers tarot cards, and a destiny that she told her about when she was only 8 years old.
Can Evie really find her grandmother though? What is Evie’s destiny? And can she really allow herself to fall for Jackson?
Firstly just a little moan about that blurb -
‘A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to re-enact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…’
This part of the blurb bothers me, as having finished the book I never read anything about re-enacting ‘the ultimate battle between good and evil’. The revelation about there being 22 teens wasn’t really touched upon until page 328 either, so really this blurb is a bit of a spoiler! Not overly impressed by that. In fact, even the damn title is a spoiler, as we hear nothing about poison until right at the end either!
Anyway, this book is split into distinct parts. It begins with Evie talking to a man who wants to drug her and chain her up (post flash), and then Evie tells her story of the 7 days leading up to the flash. We then hear about Evie’s life post flash, and again there are a couple of chapters relating to the current time, and the man who wants to experiment on Evie. This is actually quite an interesting way to tell Evie’s story.
Evie herself is a good character. She’s a strong female lead, and she doesn’t give up or give in easily. She’s happy to bury all the bad stuff happening to her, to focus on what she can do to help herself or others, and when she’s got a plan, she sticks to it.
Jackson is simply hot! I liked him right from the beginning, during Evie’s ‘before’ story even, and he just gets better as the story progresses. There was a romance storyline here, but because this is YA there is no actual sex, although things do get steamy on a couple of occasions! Jackson is a bit of an old-fashioned Cajun guy, and believes that if a woman is his, he should protect her and provide for her. It was pretty obvious to me that he had feelings for Evie, even if she didn’t think he did. Things would have probably gone a lot better for her had she just been a bit more honest with him. This lack of communication was pretty frustrating, and there were several moments where I really wanted to just bash their heads together for being so stubborn and not saying what they really felt.
I liked the storyline in this book. I really like dystopians, and this was a fairly good one. We got a taste of Evie’s life before the flash as well as after, and we also got zombies!
This book is obviously part of a series though, and this book is more like part 1 than book 1 – there are so many questions, and really this feels very much like an introduction to the story, so who knows what will happen in the next instalment!
The ending was such a cliff hanger! I want the next book now! How am I supposed to live with not knowing what happens next until the next book comes along? Help!
Overall; a great start to the series; I want the next one already!
8 out of 10.