Storyline Rating : 3.5/5 stars
Series : Book 1 in The Arcana Chronicles
Brief Summary from Goodreads :
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.
My Point of View :
I was pondering, whether to give the book 3 or 4 star. I guess it’s somewhere in the middle, 3.5. I don’t HATE hate the story, in fact I was looking for parts of the story that I actually like. I’m trying not to hate the story because the concept the story is based on tarot cards, I haven’t come across any book that’s based on tarot cards before. So I was looking forward to the story, hoping for something spectacular…..but….
The story begins A.F, which stands for After Flash (*Flash is the name given to the apocalypse that happened*), where this kidnapper/torturer/sicko/maniac spots and lures this 16-year old girl into his house. This girl is Evangeline or Evie for short. From this dude’s POV, he wants to allow Evie to make herself comfortable before he starts “torturing” her so, he began to asking about her life before and after Flash which ultimately brought her to his house in the middle of nowhere.
This dude’s POV only lasted about a chapter (Ok…maybe a few more chapters later on). The rest of the book is basically Evie’s POV. It’s about how she came to realized that her grandma was trying to prep her for the Flash when she was 6, how she should remember that she represents The Empress in the Major Arcana and that she’s not really crazy, searching for her grandma and etc….
It’s kinda mind boggling reading a book where you can’t really make head and tails of what the story is about. I mean, I continue reading it because I want to know why Evie is chosen as the Empress (or born as one) and what is she suppose to do? Is she suppose to find the other people/teenagers that’s part of Major Arcana and then kill Ogen and the Death? The only answer I got when I nearly reach the end of the book was that Evie finally remembered the part where her grandma said all of “this” is a part of a game where she have to kill the rest of the Major Arcana. I mean really? I read like hundreds of pages only to discover she have to kill the rest of the Major Arcana?!
The romance in this book……well….sucks. I was hoping that Jack will finally know what is wrong with Evie and kinda understands her or something but all I got was hints of Jack being in love with Evie. Other times? He’s a playboy. That….kinda maintained throughout the whole book until the end where he is stunned by Evie’s transformation, which explains nothing to me about how their relationship is going to be like.
Overall, I guess I just like the book for the sake of its concept. The story? Not so much.
P.S. It would be nice if the book comes a long with a page or two, listing the Major Arcana. It’s not like I know what cards are in the Major Arcana.
Favorite Quote : None from this book.