#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….
Review: Oh, yes, she did! Kresley Cole is the author of the popular Immortals After Dark series branching out into young adult…and what a fantastic YA debut this is! I am biased towards this book since I’m from Louisiana, but the story is so different that it hooked me right at the beginning and will definitely find a fan base in no time!!!
Where to begin? Wow. What a rush and I want book two NOW. Since the setting is a place that I am very familiar with, I was excited to read this book. Then, when I started it, I was pulled in by the author’s use of tarot card references and the ability to use them as characters. Evie, short for Evangeline, was a character I became attached to quickly. Which tarot card characteristics does she have? I had no clue and neither did she. She just knew that she had visions she couldn’t explain. She had to change and grow as situations happened beyond her control and she captivated me with her courage.
As for Jack. Hubba, hubba. Hotness in one package. Is he also representing a tarot card? I had no clue. He also had to grow once the world ended as he knew it. But, unlike Evie, he has a past that is so checkered you can’t help but root for him to overcome everything. While I found that he balanced Evie, he was also unpredictable at times which added to the mystique of the story and kept the chemistry between the characters sizzling.
But what really kept me intrigued throughout the story was the tarot card references. Cole has skillfully woven in the characteristics of the cards into the characters and while you think it’s going to be easy to spot which character is which and has certain powers, it isn’t. I was kept guessing until the last page and even then didn’t have the answers I wanted as this is a trilogy. Kole also added secondary characters that were very strong additions to the story line and added depth to the mystery. In the following sequels, these characters will have more of a story and I’m dying to know which ones will become more powerful as well as meet the rest of the “deck” of characters.