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22 Arcana cards. 22 young assassins. May the best hand live. Introducing The Arcana Chronicles from number one New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole.
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 ii's not always clear who is on which side....
©2012 Kresley Cole (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc
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By Marc on 10-09-12

Great new series (for teens and adults too!)

I am a fan of Kresley Cole's work, so I did not think twice before purchasing this audio book. I was not disappointed!

Of course, this is not the usual adult fiction that you might expect from this author: this is obviously meant for teens (some romance, some 'heat' here and there, but markedly toned down in comparison with, say, the Immortals After Dark series).

I loved the story. The fantasy world woven throughout is captivating, the characters are interesting, and I could not predict most of what was going to happen in the story. The writing is excellent, and even though there are some 'teen story cliches' in a few places (some 'Twilight' flavor at the start), you forget it as the mysteries unfold. Kept me hooked from beginning to end!

Best of all with this audio book: the narrators. The novel is split into parts that are alternately narrated by the main character (Evelyne) and a vilain (Arthur). Each is read by a different narrator, and both do an AMAZING job of it! I am convinced that though reading this novel on paper would be great, the narrator performance makes this an audio must!

In short, I can't wait to read the sequel!!!!

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By Katheryne on 10-12-12

I have a crush on YA books

WOW! I was a little nervous when I first heard Kresley Cole was taking a break from her IAD series to write a YA novel. But, I gave it a try and was NOT disappointed. I really LOVED this book. As always, Ms. Cole is amazing at story-telling and world building. She is brilliant at character development and her imagination is genius! Emma Galvin is a PERFECT narrator for YA books (she is one of my favorites).

It’s been a long time since I’ve been considered a “young adult” but I have to say I absolutely love this genre. (Dare I say I have a crush?)

This is definitely a credit worthy read, especially for fans of YA and/or Kresley Cole.

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By Suzanne Finnegan on 09-01-13


This was my first venture into the world of audio books and I'm sorry that I waited so long. I was concerned that I would find it hard to concentrate on the story if I was busy doing other things, like housework etc., but I had no such problem. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and didn't feel like I was working at all. While I have no experience otherwise, I enjoyed how these narrators, Emma Galvin and Keith Nobbs, portrayed the characters. And I feel that this job being well done, added to my enjoyment of the book overall.

The basic concept of this book comes from a Tarot card deck. For every card, there is a teenager who represents it.

Evie is pretty, popular and well off, living in the second biggest house in town. Jackson, is a Cajun, from the Bayou, where their houses are little more than shacks. Evie and her friends look down at the Cajun's when they start at their school, but after the Flash, it seems Jackson may be the only one left who can protect her.

This book begins with the POV of Arthur, a creepy guy who keeps girls in his cellar. When Evie stumbles upon his house and begins to tell him her story, we move onto her POV. We learn about her life before the Flash, and after, about her mother, Jackson, and other interesting characters we meet along the way.

Evie and Jackson were both really likeable characters. Their relationship starts out really antagonistic with Evie hating the fact that she has to rely on him. As they journey across the country together, her feelings for him change. Very frustratingly though, she doesn't trust him enough to share the secrets he knows she has, and this is pushing him away. Maybe even into the arms of another girl.

The secondary characters that they pick up along the way were an interesting bunch, each one representing one of the Tarot cards. Celena is the moon card, and the bringer of doubt. Phin is the magician and Matthew, the psychic, is an autistic boy that Evie looks to for direction, but who sometimes just leaves her with more questions.

I thought the ending of this was just brilliant. Answering a question I'd been wondering about the entire book. Evie embraces her power and what she can do and as we finish, Jackson is just staring at her open mouthed. I'm really excited for the next book.

*As I listened to this one, I feel that some of the names/words may be spelt differently than what appeared in the book, so apologise for any discrepancies.

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By tannypoo on 04-08-13

Happy surprise

I had avoided this as I was worried a YA by kresley would not hold a candle to her IAD series ... Then one day had a spare credit and decided to take a chance .... The end result ... 3 nightshifts flew by . I admit I was wrong and this story really caught me . I can't wait for the next instalment

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By Amazon Customer on 05-27-15

My new favorite author!

This book had me excited the moment i ready the summary! The 2 narrators was great for this book. Vivid story telling, like nothing I have read before. This tale of forced adventure, facing challenges from all sides with an epic climax I didn't see coming!! Looking forward to seeing what comes in the future installments.

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By IMEE B on 07-09-16


Kresley Cole have always been a favourite of mine, but this book of hers rocketed her to being an idol. Poison princess is for young adult but the tale is so engrossing that u don't have to be the target audience to enjoy this audiobook. This book is brilliantly written and the narrative is excellently delivered. The characters are believable and the apocalyptic background is realistic (it could happen in the future) I can't wait to listen for the next book. Kresley Cole your mind is magical thank you x

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