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Poison Princess by Kresley Cole Review

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)

Title: Poison Princess

Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1

Author: Kesley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy


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 prophecy 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.

Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 385 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★★

Themes: Alpha Male, Magic, Suspense, Hate to Love

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
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Review: I enjoyed this book way more than I expected to! I loved it!!! I devoured it and gobbled up the next two books straight away!

I’m always a bit iffy with young adult books but this one had enough of Cole’s style to keep me very happy. A lot of the usual YA cliches are present but they don’t frustrate me in this book and all of the characters are so well developed it never feels like one of those books that centre around this super teenage girl that everyone is obsessed with.

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Synopsis and book cover from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_


My Super Late June Wrap Up

Better late than never right?….

Books Read

Shadowland (Cassandra Palmer, #4.2) Updating Pritkin (Cassandra Palmer, #5.5) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) Milk and Honey Sputnik Sweetheart First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1) Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8) Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7) Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1) Faro's Daughter My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)


Ride the Storm

Ride the Storm by Karen Chance ★★★★★

The 8th book in Chance’s Cassie Palmer series sees several long running story lines come to a head (at last!). I had been waiting with bated breath for some of these and was not disappointed with the outcome.

The series follows Cassie Palmer, a clairvoyant time-traveling disaster magnet (love her!!), on her adventures ( or misadventures…) as the supernatural community’s new leading clairvoyant, The Pythia. Cassie isn’t your usual urban fantasy leading lady, she’s much more of an “every-woman” than a “warrior-woman” thrust into strenuous situations she isn’t prepared for. And, heck, we’ve all been there!! Cassie handles it all though and comes back swinging.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ★★★★☆

I gave this 4 stars but 3.5 would be more accurate. A lot of the poems really resonated with me but I disliked the formatting and it occasionally seemed more like whining from a young woman’s diary than observations on life.

A lot of poetry seems to be written in this format now, all lower case and just a few sentences… it doesn’t seem like poetry to me but who the heck am I to judge!

Some parts I loved some I found frustrating but I guess the point of poetry is to make you feel something which it certainly did.

The Force of Wind

The Force of the Wind by Elizabeth Hunter ★★★★★

The 3rd book in Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries series is a slow burner for the most part and then explodes into a rousing inferno. Three anticipated story lines come to a head with varying outcomes.

The Elemental Mysteries follows Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they unravel the secrets behind Beatrice’s missing father, Giovanni’s long lost library, his iniquitous son and how these things may be connected.

Oh and Gio is a vampire with fire elemental abilities.

First Drop of Crimson

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost ★★★★★

Now I know everyone seems to LOVE Cat and Bones from Frost’s Nighthuntress series but I gotta say I preferred this spin-off novel way more. I don’t know what it is about those two but I just don’t like them all that much… Cat and Bones are not the main characters in this book but I would recommend following the authors suggested reading order. There are some definite spoilers for Nighthuntress if you’re reading it.

This one follows two friends of Cat and Bones as they battle a shape-shifting demon. Much more paranormal romance focused than the other series as well. A very fun read, I gobbled it up.

Sputnik Sweetheart

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami ★★★★★

This one really surprised me. I had never read anything by Murakami and only listened to this because it was part of Scribd selects last month. I didn’t really know what to expect from the author or the story (I was flying totally blind) but it grabbed me and sucked me in like a whirlpool. The story follows a disquieting love triangle (not the annoying YA kind) between K, Sumire and Miu. The relationships the three characters have really highlight human emotion, the need for connection, friendship and desire.

Lover Avenged

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward ★★★★★

Took me ages to get into this book and damn near got whiplash from all the POV’s. Freaking loved it in the end though. This is the 7th book in Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The romance plot for this one centres on Rehvenge but the book follows most of the main characters. The story is very exciting and the lessers are finally starting to look like a serious threat and interesting enemy.

Faro's Daughter

Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer ★★★★★

Despite Heyer being considered the mother of Historical Romance by many, I had never heard of her. I had spotted the audio book on Scribd selects a few times but never gave it much of a glance until last month. I couldn’t sleep and this was free and short, I figured ‘what the hey?!’. I ended up loving the story. It reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Hoyt’s or Kresley Cole’s historical romances with a sassy strong willed heroine and a roguish hero engaging in an intriguing têteà-tête. 

My Life as a White Trash Zombie

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland ★★★★★

First of all, how cool is that cover?! About as cool as this freaking book!! Such a fun story that may seem familiar if you’ve watched iZombie but only as far as both protagonists are blond females who happen to be zombies and work in the morgue. Another similarity is that the zombies seem to remain intelligent and fresh as long as they continue to eat brains. But White Trash Zombie was so much fun!! I listened to the audio book of this and the narrator was amazing, I highly recommend the audio.

The story follows Angel Crawford after she wakes up in the ER after an apparent overdose with no idea what’s going on, a new job and delivery of mystery milkshakes. Her “life” takes some mad turns and then a serial killer shows up to keep things interesting. Brilliant story, I ordered the next book before I even finished this one.

So that’s it for June. I didn’t read too much last month (I’ve already read more this month) but it was a good month. I really enjoyed almost all of the books I read.

Now I’m off to do dishes, make dinner and listen to my audiobook. Laters!

Books I DNF’d

For those who don’t know, DNF means Did Not Finish.

Luckily it’s a short list. Usually, I go back and finish a DNF but some of them I have no intention what so ever of finishing.

Knight of a Trillion Stars (Matrix of Destiny #1) Knight of a Trillion Stars – Dara Joy

The audiobook of this was free on scribd a few months so I decided to give it a whirl. Ugh, what a waste of time. It was just way too cheesy for me. Every time Lorgin spoke I would just roll my eyes. Will not finish.

Bait (Wake, #1) Bait – M. Mabi

This was ok. The story was pretty slow though. There was a lot of cheating going on and they weren’t really going anywhere so I got bored and just didn’t bother picking it up again. Will not finish.

My Name Is Lucy Barton My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout

I was so excited to read this after reading loads of great reviews for it but man was it boring. This woman lived totally inside her own head, fell ‘in love’ with any man that was nice to her and was just plain boring. Will not finish.

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined Life and Death – Stephenie Meyer

I just wanted to see if the story would be more enjoyable with the gender swap. It was the same. Will not finish.

From Ashes (From Ashes, #1) From Ashes – Molly McAdams

I got bored and the “love triangle” pissed me off. Will not finish.

The Exorcist The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty

I was listening to the audiobook read by the author. I didn’t like his narration. I’ll pick up the book instead.

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #1) Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper – J.L. Bryan

This was ok. I just lost interest. Ghost trapping sounds exciting and fun but not so much for these guys. Based too much in reality I think. Will not finish.

Torrent (Condemned, #1) Torrent – Gemma James

No. Just no. Rape fantasies and slapping a woman across the breasts with a belt. Nope. I got as far as the main guy saying he cared for the girl but really wanted to rape her. What the fuck?! Will not finish.

Keystone (Crossbreed #1) Keystone – Dannika Dark

I got bored. It started off pretty good but then grew stagnant during the world building/training stage. I didn’t care about any of the characters so why bother. Will not finish.

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre Mr Darcy, Vampyre – Amanda Grange

I don’t remember anything about this… I’m a big fan of classic retellings so I might give it another go.

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) City of Fallen Angels – Cassandra Clare

I was satisfied with the third book in the series being the end so didn’t feel much incentive to keep going. I think I will come back to this though because I really like the characters and the world.

Faithful Faithful – Alice Hoffman

I have this on my DNF shelf so I must have started it but I don’t remember a single thing about it.

The Magicians (The Magicians #1) The Magicians – Lev Grossman

Quentin was such an asshole. I got about half way.

The English Patient The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

This I will come back to at some point I just wasn’t feeling it at the time.

Dark Prince (Dark, #1) Dark Prince – Christine Feehan

The guy in this was just too positive which is really common in PNR but got annoyed with this one. I didn’t like Feehan’s writing style either. I’ve since read a good few of her books from other series and enjoyed them so I might give this another go.

Dune Dune – Frank Herbert

I wasn’t feeling an intricate story with lots of characters at the time. I will come back to this at some point.

How many DNF’s do you have? Have you read any of these books and think I should give them another chance?