Review: Poison Princess

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) by Kresley Cole

Published: October 2nd 2012
: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Hardcover: 384 pages
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance, Post-Apocalyptic
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Next: The Arcana Chronicles, #2
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My thoughts before reading the book: I’m not saying that I won’t go into this book with an open mind but I have two huge reasons why I think Kresley Cole should not write YA and stick to Paranormal Romance. Those two things are her talent for writing about hot men and hot sex both of which would be squandered in the YA genre. Kresley Cole is not wishy washy enough for this genre or at least I never thought so!

What I thought after reading the book:  There is a reason why Kresley Cole is one of my favourite authors and apparently it is not (just) because of the hot men and sex. And this book just proves it.

The story line is quite complex and this book falls both in the post-apocalyptic and paranormal genres. Unlike most recent YA books set in post-apocalyptic worlds this book shows us the lives of the characters before the “end” as well as their survival. And this makes the emotions and the struggles of the characters feel that much more tangible – you have a real sense of what the characters have lost.

The paranormal element of this book is also very original. And I am looking forward to seeing where the story takes us. The pace is nonstop and Kresley Cole’s unique writing style, with witty characters, sharp tongued heroines, sexy heroes and a strong dose of sexual tension has not been lost. Yet at the same time she has managed to infuse this book with a very creepy undertone.

There is definitely nothing wishy washy about this book!

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This got a 10/10 from me.


  • Sounds like an awesome read. I can’t wait to dive into it. Great review.

  • I want this book! I want this book RIGHT NOW! Great review!

  • This sounds really good. I’ve heard different things about the book so far, and I’m actually still not quite sure if I should give it a try, but your review makes me want to at least read an excerpt. *g*