The Arcana Chronicles, Kresley Cole

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Warning! This Review Does Contains Spoilers!
(a sum up for those that have not read the first book. READ IT.)

Synosis (for the first book):

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.

Review:

I love this series. Granted, it’s not the best written, and some of it really annoys me, but its fun. Isn’t that what reading is all about, enjoying it? This series makes me laugh and makes me want to read it all at once. (I read three books in two days, I think that proves how much I wanted to read it).

So lets talk the first book.

You get thrown into the story straight away, with the prologue, written in the voice of a…slightly odd character. He’s interviewing Evie, our main character of the series, about her life before and after The Flash.

And then we get to her story, starting a week before this Flash happens. It’s a bit of a stereotype start; our blonde cheerleader with the perfect boyfriend. They are loved at school and everything- until three new kids start. A girl the perfect boyfriend stares at and a boy that seems to want Evie himself. But there’s another problem with these kids. They come from the ‘lower class’ of the town, they were Cajun. Automatically hated because of what they were- and how they acted.

Jackson seems to be fixated on Evie, and tries to annoy her at every turn, including on her sixteenth birthday party.

Arguments happen, the police appear and Evie ends up walking back to her house with Jackson.

That’s pretty much it for the ‘before Flash’.

It then skips like, 7 months, and the fun starts.

No, really. Fun. Jacksons back and he and Evie start a journey to try and find her grandmother…

But its dangerous, what with bagman (who want to suck your blood), Cannibals, and other kids like Evie, who seem to have strange powers.

Evie has potential to be a fantastic character. Shes sassy, sarcastic, smart and protective. Her arguments with Jackson can have you in such laughter. She’s also got another side that’s pretty much evil, and wants to kill everyone.
But I have this huge problem with her. (more in the second and third book than the first.) Like, its the end of the world. She is in huge danger and every day is a fight of survival but she doesn’t seem to care when Jacksons around. Boys boys boys in her head.

I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong, but if I were in that situation, guys would not be the first thing in my mind.

Jackson…I don’t know now. Like, I love him in the first book. He’s so protective and lovely, but at the same time you sometimes want to hit him. But as the books go on, he becomes a less favourite character to me.
Don’t get me wrong, he has fantastic character development throughout the series and by the end of the third book, he is more of a man than the angry boy we started with.

But there are other characters as we move through the series.

Lets talk about Death.
We see Death in the first book, though Evies dreams and as he talks to her. He threatens her, wants to kill her, hates her, but we never know why.
Pretty much, he is just a shadow in the first book.
Ahh, but the second book.
I think Death is a really interesting character. He makes a comment about it in the second book but I think its overlooked. A comment about the games being there to drive people mad- the fool being the smartest person, and giving the boy who never wanted to kill the name Death.
Seriously overlooked line.
Like, people hate Death. Because he is Death, he kills. But everyone does in this book, to stay save, to survive. But because Death is seen as evil…that is what he has become. Even though he hates it.
He is such a lonely character, full of hate for everything, but can you blame him?
I have serious feels for Death. I wish I could wrap him up in a blanket and hug him (Don’t know how well he would react to that though)

Matthew, the fool, is an interesting character. In the first book, when they first find him, there is a line about how he is wearing a tag with ‘autistic’ written on it. (I like how Evie throws this away before anyone else can judge him). He can remember everything about the past and helps Evie through things, in a riddle filled, round-a-bout type of way. But actually, you never know what side he is on, or even if he is on a side. He helps Evie but also helps her enemy, and in the last book…just….yeah, he left me speechless.
With a lot of questions.

Finally, one thing that does grate on my nerves about this series. It’s Young Adult, and like in many YA books, it does have that ‘love triangle’ thing. I hate this. Yeah, it makes a good dilemma, but its so overdone.

Like, just choose a guy and get it over with.

In fact, Just choose Death. Please?

Over all, this is a wonderful read. I will not say it is perfect, but it is well thought out with so many twists and ‘gasp’ moments that keeps you wanting to read. It’s characters are compelling and amazing with complete back-stories that will leave you reeling.

Oh.
And
LOTS OF CLIFFHANGERS.

I now have to wait another year just for book four.

If you like supernatural, post-apocalyptic, romances you really should read this.

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