Poison Princess  - Kresley Cole
Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

After reading the first few pages of Poison Princess, I was not sure I was going to like it. I am so glad I kept reading it. This book was amazing. Plus, in retrospect, the beginning of the novel was perfect.

The novel starts out in the home of this creepy mad scientist named Arthur, after the apocalypse, better known as A.F. (After the Flash). Arthur keeps girls chained in his basement where he conducts experiments on them, including the removal of body parts. Our main character, sixteen-year-old Evangeline (Evie) Greene, was lured to his home. He gives her lunch and drugged tea in a quest to add her to his victims. While they are eating, Arthur video tapes, Evie and asks her to talk about her life before the flash.

Uncertain and timid Evie tells her story. Her mother found her journal where she drew all her visions of the apocalypse. While her friends were vacationing over the summer, her mother had secretly placed Evie in a mental institution. Now back at school Evie tries to lead a normal life where she is a cheerleader, her boyfriend, Brandon Radcliffe, is a football player, and she is popular. Of course, readjusting is not easy. She is partnered with irritating but attractive transfer student, Jackson Deveaux, in a year-long history project.

Evie continues to tell her story about after the flash. Evie needs to get to her grandmother to find out about her destiny. Jack becomes her protector and guide. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’ll stop there.

I have always enjoyed reading Kresley Cole’s work. She is a talented paranormal and fantasy writer. To date, this is my favorite of her novels. This book has everything: fantasy, mystery, suspense, horror, apocalypse, zombies, supernatural, magic, class-conflicts, and love-triangles. I’ll be looking forward to the next book in the series Endless Knight released on October 1, 2013.

I read this book as a free read on Pulseit.