Series: Arcana Chronicles #1
Published by Simon and Schuster Australia on 2 October, 2012
Genres: Young Adult
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She could save the world—or destroy it.
Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.
But she can't do either alone./
With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?
Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side.
I have never felt so strongly about needing to DNF a book in my life. If a book isn’t quite my thing, I can usually trudge through it for completion’s sake. But instead, Poison Princess made me feel creeped out, uncomfortable and just downright nasty for reading it.
Jackson is probably the worst love interest I’ve ever encountered in a book. He’s a Cajun boy who behaves in a disgusting, abusive way and talks to Evie in a really awful manner. He objectifies, victimises, and terrorises Evie, and she’s none the wiser and even begins to like his attention like some sort of masochist. Throughout the first half of the book, he talks down to her and calls her a cold heartless rich bitch. All the time while his eyes are sliding all over her body while he calls her beautiful and mentions the dirty things that he wants to do to her. Not to mention his drinking, stealing and general delinquent behaviour.
She’s ice-cold and she’s a conceited bitch. Just a useless little doll – pretty to look at and not a damn thing more – Jackson, page 41.
I once read a brochure about what domestic abuse was, and it has Jackson written all over it. Controlling what your partner can and can’t do, reading their personal emails/messages, taking possession of their belongings and going against their wishes. Jackson does all of those things, and he completely ignores anything that comes out of Evie’s mouth. The second her mum dies and she wanted to mourn and bury her, he has his hands on his mum’s jewelry and is burning her house to the ground. Evie stands up to him and declares that it is her house, her things and her mum and because she’s annoyingly stupid and can’t protect herself for the life of her, he still bulldozes his way through and does it anyway.
This guy has no respect for Evie’s boundaries and their attraction makes me feel sick to the stomach. In one scene, he carries Evie into the house after she faints and she then wakes up with no pants on. In another, he reaches between her breasts and pulls out a necklace she’s wearing. He is a disgusting bully who continuously goads her, calls her names, and brings her down throughout the entire book but then Evie is no better by letting herself get treated that way. Evie is kind of useless and can’t stand up to him but think about it – having a docile, useless female who gets trodded on by an overbearing, creepy bully is the only way a relationship with Jackson would be believable.
“You ought to know by now that if Evie Greene’s got something she doan want me to discover, I’m goan to come up with a way to.” – Jackson, page 146.
The whole exchange makes me sick to my stomach and I can’t condone the fact that this sort of abusive, pigheaded, nasty and sexually abusive behaviour is being presented as a love interest to teenage girls. Sure a bit of possessiveness can be sexy, but this guy is downright creepy and wrong. I never thought I’d say this, but I’d prefer Edward Cullen or Christian Day and even Patch over Jackson any day.
I only reached about halfway through and I’m glad I stopped, because from reading other reviews Jackson gets much worse in his behaviour, asking her to put out for the rest of the book. I got this quote from Goodreads – “Hell, Evie, you’re probably the last girl on earth for me. Would it KILL you to put out?”. No, just no. I feel sick thinking about it.
Well yes the Arcana stuff interesting but it was not enough to keep me going. Evie may be a masochist but I’m not, and I just can’t do it anymore. I also had a real problem with how Jackson’s race was stereotyped and constantly being referred to in the book – that Cajun boy doing his Cajun thing with his Cajun accent. He’s rough around the edges and even says he is probably related to one of his friends because of where they are from.
With Endless Knight on my shelf as well which I obviously won’t get to, I’m not sure what to do with them now. Maybe use them as a doorstop or burn them which would make me feel a lot better for the nasty things this book made me feel.
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1
Rating: 1 out of 5
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