Aug 16, 2016

Arcana Rising by @kresleycole {Review}

Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole
(The Arcana Chronicles, #4)
Release Date: August 15, 2016
Publisher: Valkyrie Press; 280 pages
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?

Listen, I can't really talk much about this book because there are spoilers that would ruin it. I would love to talk about the spoilers, don't get me wrong, because I'm internally screaming but I'm not that person. I won't ruin the experience for you. Just come find me when you're done and we can freak out together.

That being said, I want to say this . . . we may have had to wait over a year and a half for this book but it was one hundred percent worth the wait. It is actually up there with Endless Knight as my favorite book so far.

What I can say is that while Arcana Rising does focus a lot on the romance aspect of the story (no complaints here), I do feel like there is a lot more action and a lot more game playing. Alliances are tightened, new arcana are met (ones you'll recognize from Day Zero, if you've read that) and new enemies are introduced. At this rate, it is one alliance versus another; I feel like I know the stronger one but only time will tell. I really enjoyed seeing a lot more things regarding the actual game come together. I loved seeing characters from Day Zero appear and even ones we haven't seen in awhile, too. The one that plays a pretty big part in the beginning and then end was probably my favorite. I absolutely loved him in Day Zero and was super excited to see him again here. And yes, I said him so that does narrow it down who I might be talking about...

Far warning, my friends, the ending of this book is insane and brutal and downright cruel. It's not as much of a cliffhanger as it is a ARE YOU SERIOUS?! moment. My mind is still reeling and I immediately started discussing things with my friend whose already read the book.

I will also say, for the the hype behind Evie's grandmother . . . I'm not sure I'm really a fan. This is not a negative thing toward Kresley, it's the character itself. I just don't think she's very likeable.

Thank you so much to Kresley Cole for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. <3

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