I've come across Kresley Cole's name before when scouring bookshelves but Poison Princess was the first one that I've read. Bringing in Tarot and magic and the Cajun history was new and intriguing for me so I was definitely excited to get started.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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…
What I Liked: 1) The Cajun history. I'm not very familiar with any of this history, their religion, the tarot magic any of that, and there was a lot of the information included in the book. I always love learning new things so of course that was very interesting to me. 2) Jack. OMG, Jack. Something about this guy. Part of it is the Cajun accent. I read the book, but then had to get the audiobook because I just needed to hear it spoken aloud. Jack is kind of the epitome of the bad boy - the ones that your Mama warned you about! That's Jack. And he's all the hotter for it. 3) Tarot. I know next to nothing about Tarot, but the way the cards were incorporated into the story was great. I was skeptical first about how it could be done, creating characters from the images on the cards, but it was done very well! 4) The world post and pre-flash. There are a lot of post apocalyptic stories out there that begin after the fact. You know what I mean, after the event or events that made it happen. But there was quite a bit of time spent Pre-Flash in Poison Princess, so we got a sense of what the world was like before that. I really enjoyed that, because we didn't have to wonder as much what led to the post-apocalyptic world, and how drastically their lives changed.
What I Didn't Like: I have absolutely no complaints about this book, and can't wait for the next one!
Overall Thoughts: Poison Princess is an awesome beginning to a series that I think is going to thrill many readers. It's engaging with well written characters, including an epically hot bad boy, detailed settings and a fast-paced plot. Check this one out when you get the chance, because with it's history set in Louisiana and the Cajun influence, it's a unique story that's sure to keep you turning the pages!
My Rating: 5 shots