Let me get this out of the way.
Personified Tarot cards? COOLEST idea ever. Arcana = types of tarot cards. If you don’t know what the characters are, do a little research. It’s worth it.
I read A LOT of fantasy books and I have never read a single book that has this theme. It’s just so creative and I’m totally a fan. Plus tying it into the whole Greek Mythology thing? Win/Win.
Basis of the story line: Some very long ago, the Gods bored as they were decided to hold a contest where each could pick a champion to battle to the death. The winner gets immortality. So every few hundreds of years or so, natural disaster strikes and the battle begins. Each champion is gifted abilities that derive from the God they represent. Some of these champions come from a long lineage of champions and others are first timers. Obviously, this comes with advantages/disadvantages. Once the game starts, the players of the games are drawn to each other, alliances are made and betrayal stars AND AND…it’s just all really exciting.
Evie is the main character. She’s been suffering from bad dreams, delusions her whole life only to find out after apocalyptic disaster that they weren’t so much dreams/delusions as they are premonitions. This is a YA series so of course she meets a boy, and of course she meets another boy.
I’m going to make this brief because I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ll tell you this. I’ve forced 4 different people to read this series. If you want to theorize together after you’ve consumed me. Let me know? I have feelings. And the quotes? You’ll notice a theme. I make no apologizes. I’m completely bias.
First Book: Poison Princess. Let me be real with you. The first book it’s a little slow. And I don’t know how you feel but Evie does that thing that most female lead YA characters do. You know what I’m talking about? They complain, make decisions that don’t make sense, and then insert random “heroic” action. But the story line will make you curious enough to read the second book.
Favorite Quote: “I’m goan to kiss you until your toes curl, until we’re breathing for each other.” – Jackson
Second Book: Endless Knight. This is the one that will kill you. You meet Death. Yes, DEATH. And let me just tell you that I’m #teamDeath 100%. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. Hands down. No flippin’ contest. Death. Death. Death. Book 2 you start meeting all the other characters and it gets INTERESTING.This book is when you’re going to start loving characters. This one is my favorite, so let me do a couple quotes?
This quote because I feel like it’s epic and heart breaking.
Favorite Quote(s): “You refused – twice – to beg me for your own life, but you’d beg for his?” – Aric
This quote because…it’s heartbreaking and romantic AND AND….*sigh*
Favorite Quote(s): “I desired you before, but I never loved you until this life.” – Aric
Book 3: Dead of Winter. You’re going to start rooting for characters, you’re going to start hating people, you’re going to make theories, you’re going to get INVESTED. And once you read the end, you’re going to be mad. Or happy. Depends what team you’re on.
Favorite Quote: “I take no actions that I wouldn’t publicly recount. If you can’t speak your deeds, then don’t do them.” – Aric
Book 3.5:Day Zero. You’re going to find out what happens before the apocalypse. What happens after. And your theories? They are all wrong. wrong. wrong. wrong. This one makes me like other characters. I feel like a traitor.
Favorite Quote: ” I know better than to hope, but gods, maybe I could finally know contentment- the kind other men take for granted.” – Aric
Book 4: Arcana Rising. You going to see more of those other cards. You start learning something and you’re going to make new theories. And you’re going root for Evie, and then you’re going to be mad. Then you’re going to hate Evie. And then you’re going to finish the book. And then you’re going to be mad it’s not 2017.
Welcome to my world.
Can I just need mention how hard it is to pick a quote that gives no spoilers?
Favorite Quote: “I know dying must seem temping but I need you. Come back to me. ” – Aric
Read the book. Read the series. You won’t be disappointed. This is a prime example of how YA and Fantasy can be done right. There’s so much mystery, so much character development and so many things that connect. It’s so good.
Here’s are less words about how I feel when I’m reading these books: