Friday, September 20, 2013

ARC BOOK REVIEW - ENDLESS KNIGHT by KRESLEY COLE - THE ARCANA CHRONICLES # 2 - YA APOCALYPTIC - SIMON & SCHUSTER - 5 STARS!

By: Kresley Cole
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Released : 1st October 2013
Details: Paperback from Publisher, thanku! 320 Pages 

RATING: 5 DEATH & JACKSON STARS!!

Blurb: 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.




BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I have just read back to back two awesome books. Through The Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter and of course Endless Knight by Kresley Cole.

These two YA books have been on my most anticipated sequels list for 2013.

I’m talking bouncy, bouncy for these two books. So, when they arrived within a couple days of each other from the publishers, I dropped everything, literally, to cosy up and read them.

Both authors put me through book boyfriend drama! 

EEEEeeEEEeeee!

Endless Knight, the cover alone is sending out vibes. Yes , that is Death and Evie on the front, but fear not, turn the book over and , phew there is Jackson, my Cajun boy.

I got to say, this was a total ride, I was literally running from cannibals, bagmen, militia, other Arcana and..and..and...

Who could I trust?

Notice how I am using myself in that sentence. I was literally thrown into this book, sucked into a vortex to Kresley’s apocalyptic world. I was there with Evie.

Evie is badass in this book. She is on fire.

“He just needs some time to get used to the idea of you with powers.” Finn tilted his head, taking in my face -- which I knew was bright red from exertion and streaked with remains. “His girlfriend went from bunny to viper. From hot piece of ass to smokin’ monstress.”

I raised my brows. “Smokin’? I was repulsive.”

Finn helped me over a log. “When you turned all Eviezilla, I had a boner the size of ... well, something large and boner-shaped.”



I am in a conundrum because I like both these lads. Seriously, Kresley will do a number on you with Death. The lad is smexi, the lad is dangerous, the lad makes you rethink.

I LOVE Finn. He is such a fun sidekick. When the shiz is going down, he pulls out a great line.


“I’m not perfect, Lark, " he’d told her gravely. “Due to some self-esteem issues, I always put out on the first date. Working through that, though. Help me?”


I could hear Finn chuckling. “Checking perimeters? Is that what the Louisiana kids are calling it these days? Hey, Lark, can I check your perimeter?”


“What?” Finn whispered. “Just because we’re about to be swarmed by bloodthirsty zombies doesn’t mean we can’t have a laugh.”

Matthew made a eureka! hand gesture. “Zomedy!”

“Damn straight, Matto.” Finn always seemed a little surprised by how much he liked the boy.

When Finn stared at her smile, she grew flustered, closing her mouth to cover her fangs. Embarrassed in front of the cute boy.

She cast him a woebegone look, but he grinned. “Let your freak flag fly, hotness.”



Matthew is such an interestingly written character. I really like him. His outbursts and riddles intrigue me.

Who can be trusted?

I gotta say, it is tough to trust anyone in this book.

There are closets of secrets, that I gasped at.

Jackson, my Cajun boy, whahhh! Simply, whahhh! I do love you.

As I pulled my shirt down, Jackson grated to me, “You taste like my Evie, feel like her. But you’re not her.”He swiped the back of his hand over his lips.

Ah, and here was the rage.




Just before he kissed me , he said, “You might be different from what I thought, but I’m goan to protect you anyway. I’m goan to try to accept all this. But you got to accept me.”

“Accept you? What are you talking about?”

“I’m a nineteen-year-old bayou boy. I got a fondness for liquor. I’m goan to say stupid shit. Doan you go getting your feelings hurt at the drop of a hat.”



Just when I was about to flare, he’d said, “Evie, that ass of yours -- um, um, UM! C’est surhumain.” It’s superhuman.


This is a real page turner. I really grasped the whole tarot card, Arcana thing more in this installment. I understood the world these 22 kids/cards are a part of much better. 

We expected new characters to come into play, after all there are 22 cards playing in the game.

This is like an apocalyptic Hunger Games on smack.

OOOeeeeeeEEeee!

I love where Kresley is taking the reader. I have to admit after reading Poison Princess I was thinking to myself, this could be a majorly badass long series, as this is a whole can of worms Kresley is opening up here. Kresley really gave me more direction in this world she has built. 

I really feel a part of it now. The focus isn’t on the apocalypse but on how the game is being played out.

In more ways than one.

Kresley will blind side you. I went WT!!!!!

O.M.G!!!

Yes I am overusing exclamation marks.

Read this book you will understand why.

I love all the references to modern tv shows etc she put in.


I’d seen Survivor alliances tighter than mine.

The A.F. aka After the Flash is not very old in days. Through chapters we see the days advancing. It is still a relatively new apocalyptic world, but in saying that, the groups that have formed, in such a short time like the cannibals, it goes to show that for humans to survive they will do anything, and I mean anything, resorting to animal behavior.

Gahhh!

Death was the big surprise for me. Lordy, how is Jackson and Death and Evie going to pan out?

* face plant *

And that ending!

I think I shall be strapping myself in for # 3 cause it is going to be a bumpy ride.

I think my heart is going to be hurting for everyone.

An exciting, smexi, page turner with a really cool idea that blossoms over the series. Cards fighting for survival , for the ultimate prize, immortality. 

But, is immortality all it is cracked up to be?

Michelle


10 comments:

  1. I'm just thankful that Jackson seems to be still in the running... so many people have been talking about Death so much that I was beginning to be heart broken that Jackson royally screws up & looses Evie...

    Thank you for the review!!! :) I look daily for more info until EK gets here! ;)

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    1. I don't know how it will all play out in the end. But I gotta say my heart goes out to both of them. Kresley works us over in the heart department with Death, but we all can't help loving Jackson. EEEEeeeEEEe!

      :D

      Mich

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  2. Ahhhhh! Michelle! OMG I'm so excited for this one. Thankfully I'm receiving an early copy so I should be able to read it soon. I'm seriously going to drop EVERYTHING when it comes! Amazing review! I'm even more excited now than I was before!! Eeee! Jackson!!!!

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    1. Jesse I LOVED this installment. Gotta say you will be thinking differently when you get to the end of this one!!!

      :D

      Mich

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  3. Shiz! I totally love book 1, I want to get my hands on this. The world is so fresh!

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    1. Shiz! I know! It is a lovely fresh world of ..... and..... and ....!

      U gotta get a hold of this one!

      Matey!

      Mich

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  4. Eeeep! Gotta be honest Mich...I skimmed your review of this cos I'm yet to read it but SERIOUSLY love that cover! I'm super, super excited that you adored this. Poison Princess was an unexpected love for me. And if I know anything from reading Cole's Immortals After Dark series....her books just get BETTER as the series progresses! Can't wait to read this myself!!!!!

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    1. Skim away! I do that too as some books we need to know nothing before we embark on them :)

      Can't wait to hear what you think!

      :D

      Mich

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