Sunday, March 23, 2014

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole Review

Name: Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles # 2)
Authors: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Buy the book on Amazon
320 pages

Shocking secrets.
Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who’ve been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It’s kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected allies.
With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-wrenching treachery.
When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can’t remember—but Death can’t forget…

In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Timesbestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.


My Review:

What another fantastic sequel!  Whenever I read books that I love as much as the first one in this series, I am immediately worried when the second one comes out.  I have such high hopes for sequels, but I am thrilled to say that this one did not at all disappoint!

I loved the main character, Evie, in this book.  She transformed so wonderfully from a scared girl who did not know anything about what was happening, to a brave and powerful young woman who was not afraid of anything.  Like most people I am a fan of powerful main characters in YA series, but I am even more impressed with these characters when I get to see them develop.  She knows what she has to do in order to win the game and survive and while she doesn’t always have a strict plan, she is not afraid to take risks and see what happens.  I particularly liked how Evie discovered that her world was surrounded by different shades of gray, rather than just black and white.  She began to learn that there was good hidden in some of her enemies, and she also began to discover the bad that was just beneath the surface inside of her friends and allies.

In this sequel, Evie’s relationships also change.  She develops unsuspecting alliances and trusts them wholeheartedly, even though she knows that in order to survive, all of the others around her will have to die.  As hinted at both by the title and the book’s summary, there is definitely a love triangle in this story.  However, I didn’t mind it as much as I mind love triangles in other books, mostly because it was so much as a Jack versus Death dichotomy.  Rather, Evie discovers what she likes and dislikes about each of them, and then proceeds to spend time with each of them separately.  The two men do not butt heads or fight for her, but instead Evie, as the powerful one, has to decide on her own who to choose.  And, as far as this book goes, she is more focused on who she has to protect and who she needs to protect her, rather than choosing someone to spend the rest of her life with.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this book.  I think that Kresley Cole created a fantastic world filled with even more captivating characters.  The story never gets old, and I had trouble putting the book down.  I ended up finishing it in less than a day.  I would definitely recommend this book to YA fans, and if you haven’t read the Poison Princess, it should be first on your to-read list!

My Rating:


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  2. Woah, Such a high rating. The cover looks mysterious. I'm glad you enjoyed. . . this book is new to me.


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