Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Release Day! Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

(Super-excited) New Release Day!

Dead of Winter, the 3rd installment in the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole is out today January 6, 2015!

The Arcana Chronicles is Kresely Cole’s Young Adult debut. In our library, I would recommend it for older kids in the YA spectrum. It is a young adult/dystopian/romance with a female POV. The stories of the characters in the series are depicted on the Major Arcana cards of a Tarot deck. I don’t know anything about Tarot cards and have no interest in Tarot cards, but it doesn’t matter, it works for the story, making it a unique paranormal tale. In every dark age, the Arcana, who are twenty-two kids born with supernatural powers, are destined to fight in a life-or-death game. There are early alliances between the Arcana that will eventually have to be broken. Or can the Empress stop the game from continuing? We’ll have to see.

Book description:
Heartbreaking decisions
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a frozen and perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on The Lovers and the vast army they command. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them once and for all may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first? 

For more information on this series check out www.thearcanachronicles.com

 Here’s a description from the jacket of the 1st book, Poison Princess:
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

You can get the first 17 chapters in a preview here: http://tinyurl.com/l3xhvo6

Endless Knight:

Evie has fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jack was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, Evie realizes that there is a war brewing between the teens who’ve been given powers following the apocalypse, and it’s kill or be killed. When Evie meets Death, the gorgeous and dangerous Endless Knight, things get even more complicated. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history. One that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. Evie is drawn to Death, but in love with Jack. She is determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, and in the process, struggles to accept her place in the prophecy that will either save the world, or destroy it.

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