Book Review – Arcana Rising

Posted November 7, 2016 by Kathy in 4 stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Book Review – Arcana RisingArcana Rising Series: The Arcana Chronicles #4
by Kresley Cole
Published by Valkyrie Press on August 15, 2016
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 280
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole.

When the battle is done . . .
The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind--but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.

And all hope is lost . . .
With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter's reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

Vengeance becomes everything.
To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future--and her chilling past--will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter's ashes, stronger than ever before?


I love Kresley Cole and all her books. Arcana Rising is the fourth book of The Arcana Chronicles and you need to read all the books in order, including the novella Day Zero. So far this is my least favorite book of the series. I was a little disappointed in the direction the story has gone.

What did I like?

– The series continues to have the action, suspense and romance that I expect from Kresley Cole. Arcana Rising had the right mix of humorous, exciting and touching scenes.
– The new characters from Day Zero make an appearance and add a surprising twist to the story. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.
– Seeing Aric more relaxed and his romantic gestures hit extreme swoonworthy levels.

What didn’t I like?

– Evie kicked ass in the beginning and is a survivor. But midway I found her irritating. I had hoped she would become more independent but she continued to rely on Aric and Jack. I do believe she loves both men but hearing her rationale for the decisions she made came across more as being needy and not really following her heart.
– (Spoiler) The sex scenes were too graphic for a young adult book. I was really surprised with this and I think this was a poor decision Kresley made. As a mom I am not allowing my 13-year-old to read this series until she is older.
– This book ends with a shocking cliff hanger that left me speechless. Now we have to suffer the long wait for the next book!

Even though I had problems with this book I still think this is a good series. It is exciting and I love that the characters are inspired from tarot cards. I can’t wait to read the next book.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

About Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. She has also written five award-winning historical romances.

Since her first novel was released in 2003, Kresley has published nineteen books with Simon & Schuster and has seen her releases translated into more than eighteen foreign languages. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Queensland area of Australia.

Cole’s trademark action, sensuality, and humor are exemplified in her popular Immortals After Dark Series, which revolves around the Lore, a secret stratum of hundreds of immortal creatures--ranging from Vampires to Lykae, Furies to Shifters, and Fey to Valkyrie--that each have their strengths, weaknesses, and age old prejudices against the others. Though they secretly live among humans, they constantly war among themselves, which gives her a lot of material.

In 2007, Kresley won the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for best paranormal for her novel A Hunger Like No Other, and in January 2009, she became a #1 New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller with her sixth IAD installment, Kiss of a Demon King. In 2010, Kiss of a Demon King earned Kresley her second RITA award. 2011 brought Cole her second #1 NYT bestseller with Dreams of a Dark Warrior.

She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many animals. She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water.

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2 responses to “Book Review – Arcana Rising

  1. What a lovely post, Kathy! It is infinitely fascinating to me the way the characters in this series were inspired by tarot cards – as a tarot reader myself, I just adore how one can weave that into a more fantastical sense through books. I’m so glad that you enjoyed this series, and I’ve added it to my TBR; I truly cannot wait to pick it up and experience the magic myself. Thank you so much for sharing with us. <3

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    • Kathy

      I hope you enjoy this series. I love Kresley Cole’s writing and creativity. Thank you for stopping by!