Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books on October 2, 2012
#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….
First Impression: I honestly picked this one up from the library because it was on audio, it was written by Kresley Cole and I thought the cover was pretty.
While Listening: I was completely creeped out by this book throughout most of the first disc. There are two point of views in this book – one of Arthur, a rather strange young man who lures young women into his house to experiment on them in his basement. Evie is his next prey and she starts to tell her story of what happened leading up to the Flash, the event that eliminated most of the people on Earth. Most of the book is told from her point of view and I honestly admit I hated her character at first. She's the fake cheerleader who is everyone's friend but is now worried about these visions that have been coming to her since the summer. Coming back from a special hospital, she tries her best to ignore the oncoming visions. Between that and having to deal with the rough new Cajun students attending her school, she's not having the best time.
Of course one of those new students is Jackson, the boy who is sexy but rough and seems overly interested in Evie even though she has a boyfriend. A boyfriend who she is worried about keeping interested, and thinking about playing her V card to keep him. But Jackson keeps popping up and she seems to be stuck with him and always saying the wrong thing, upsetting him and pissing him off. And then the Flash happens, just like the boy in her visions warned. Her mother and her survive, but her mother gets injured by morphed humans that are hungry for water. And then Jackson shows up again, warning her and her mother that a large army of men are closing in and what that means for two women.
Beyond that is a mystery behind Evie's powers of growing plants and manipulating them, the Tarot deck her grandmother showed her at a young age, and she finds that she needs to find her grandmother. All of her memories seem blotted out and she's not sure what everything means. She must find the other Tarot cards, but for what purpose and who are they? Evie starts to grow on me once her and Jackson are forced to travel. The action picks up as does the heat between Jackson and Evie. And finally, she acts like a real virgin, one that is reluctant to give it up but still we find the tension between the two building up, causing some heated scenes that I'd expect from romance writer Kresley Cole.
And the end really killed me. I'm dying for more and I have to wait until October. Finally, Evie finds out what everything means and what her purpose is and then it just ends there. I loved all the characters they ran into, but I hope for some more explanations in the next novel. I love the connection between Tarot and the different characters, I love the action and plotline and Evie too is starting to really grow as a character and find her strengths. I hope the next book is just as good as this one was.
Final Verdict: It takes a while to get into, especially drudging through the build up to the Flash, but it was a great book. I loved the sizzling romance and the growth of Evie's character. I can't wait to see what happens next. A great audio recording as well, with fantastic narration. I think it really brought the characters to life.