by Kresley Cole
Published by Valkyrie Press on August 15, 2016
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
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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.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge