Here's the summary from Goodreads: In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed. Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history - one that Evie can't remember, but Death can't forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she's been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.
What I Liked: 1) Okay, first of all. Jackson Deveaux. Yes please. The bad boy is back, and learning about Evie's powers hasn't softened his mood. He's still so moody and all rough edges...but every once in a while he gets a little softer. Something about him just draws you in. I think it's the fact that he's written with a cajun accent. And brilliantly, I might add. I can actually hear it when I'm reading. *swoon* 2) I like Evie a lot better in this one. I didn't specifically have any complaints about her in Poison Princess, but she's gained a lot of confidence and she's stronger. I appreciated that growth in her character that has continued through Endless Knight. And you also get to see a different side of her as she realizes that she is stronger and becomes more protective, versus feeling like the one who needs to be protected. 3) Meeting Death. So, you know this is coming (it says it right there in the summary), but despite the fact that I knew to expect it...I think he surprised me. (Okay, actually...he reminded me of Edward Cullen - please don't throw things at me.) His personality is quiet and sophisticated, but not really...evil. So while he is supposed to be sort of the villain, he's also a victim of the Game as well. It adds a new aspect of the story and made me think about it differently. 4) Lark. Love her, hate her, she was a great addition to the story as well, for reasons that I won't share in order to avoid spoilers. I talk a lot about authors who create wonderfully rich characters, and Kresley Cole is one of them. She has designed her characters to draw you in to their world, no matter what form they are in. 5) Finally, I have to talk about this After Flash world. It is so easy to visualize the world that Matthew, Evie and Jack are traveling through because of how detailed the descriptions are, yet at the same time you don't feel as if too much of the focus is on the details and therefore detracting from the story line.
What I Didn't Like: Nothing! Loved it all!
Overall Thoughts: Once again, Kresley Cole has hit this one out of the park. She's brought together the elements that I loved about book one of the Arcana Chronicles, thrown in some new characters and brought some new ideas to an already interesting plot. Miz Cole's detail-rich writing spins a world that comes to life right off the pages. It was a fantastic addition to the series, and I already CAN.NOT. wait for the next book in the series.
My Rating: 5 candy corns
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