Check out Laura W.’s review of Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. Laura is a member of our Teen Advisory Board.
Attention all science fiction and apocalypse fans! If you've read and loved The Hunger Games and Divergent series then you definitely need to read this book!
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Evangeline, or 'Evie', Greene. Evie was living her dream life. She had a charming boyfriend, a loyal best friend and a caring mother. Then the visions started. Evie sat wide-eyed and terrified during “hallucinations” mainly featuring a horrifying, bloody apocalypse. She recorded and drew each sickening image in the notebook she kept on-hand at all times. Evie's life turns into a freak show of disembodied voices, striking visions and mixed feelings. And that was before the Flash.
The day after Evie's birthday, the world changed. Evie's visions came true. They called that day “The Flash”. In a flare of light, everyone outside was burned to ash. The poor, curious people who looked at the sun that day turned into cannibalistic monsters whose blood and saliva turned you into one of them. The land became dry and barren. The plants died off. Food became scarce. Water supplies dwindled. People resorted to cannibalism.
Evie is sent abruptly on an almost suicidal adventure to find her prophetic grandmother with her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate, Jack Deveaux. Throughout the journey, she discovers her supernatural power over plants as well as her uncanny connection with the Tarot cards. She finds herself falling in love the guy that seems all wrong for her: Jack.
The voices in Evie's head lead her to other people connected to the Tarot cards who are also gifted with odd powers. She is forced to confront her darkest memories, face her feelings, battle Death and either destroy or save the world.
I LOVED this book! It had great details and you could really relate Evie and her mixed emotions.
Librarian’s Note: You might also want to try Annette Curtis Klause’s Blood and Chocolate, another edgy paranormal romance, or Kelley Armstrong’s The Summoning and The Gathering, action-packed urban fantasies featuring characters that challenge a powerful research organization.