Poison Princess takes a very common theme and makes it truly original. Just when I was starting to get a little tired of post-apocalyptic stories Kresley Cole breaths new life in to the genre. The story follows Evie who is The Empress card in the Tarot Major Arcana as she meets other teenagers who represent the other Tarot cards to gear up for an ultimate battle.
While I loved this idea for the story the prologue almost turned me off it completely, it really had almost nothing to do with the rest of the novel and just made for a confusing and jumpy start. I’m glad that I didn’t give up though because after things settled down a bit I really came to the story.
Evangeline “Evie” and I got off to a rocky start. I can’t pinpoint why but she initially got on my nerves. I couldn’t figure out why she hated Jack and his group of Cajun friends so quickly. I felt like she hated what they represented rather then giving an actual reason for her hate. Throughout the novel she always believes her first opinions or gut instincts about people rather then getting to know them and their motivations. I guess as a reader I had a hard time taking her word on things and that detracted from the story a bit.
My favorite thing about Poison Princess was probably Jackson or ‘ole Jack as he sometimes refers to himself. Even though the relationship between him and Evie was beyond back and forth hot/cold, he was still my favorite character. Usually I am not a fan of regional dialects in writing. But I LOVED the way Jack’s Cajun voice was written and the addition of French/Cajun sayings in the writing. This small attention to detail made Jack all the more real to me.
Overall, I really enjoyed Poison Princess and highly recommend it! The idea was very original and I had fun getting to know the Tarot and Major Arcana set to the back drop of a post-apocalyptic world. I do warn you though the cliff hanger that Poison Princess leaves you on will have you aching for the next novel, and with a release date of October 2013 it is going to be a long wait!