ARC Review: Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

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ARC Review: Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole
Arcana Rising

4.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: August 15th 2016
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #4

Recommended Read!

“ARCANA RISING will make your heart race.”
~ Under the Covers

ARCANA RISING picks up where DEAD OF WINTER left off and that is a world of heartbreak and despair.  I will try to make this review completely spoiler free just in case you haven’t read the series yet, in which case you need to move your butt and get started.  Now lets get into what I really liked about this book.

ARCANA RISING will make your heart race. It’s packed with enough action and desolate settings to keep you on the edge of your seat and lets not mistake this for just another young adult story.  This series is intense and ARCANA RISING is just upping the stakes in the game.  I also found that the sense of instability and distrust that filled up the moments when the action would die down, carried the urgency for me to continue reading at break-neck speed.

And let’s be honest here.  I’ve long been a Jack girl throughout this series, but in the last book my confusion began.  DAY ZERO only pushed that along until I was completely lost in what outcome I wanted.  ARCANA RISING shows no answers for me.  I’m still torn.  I understand Evie’s struggle because making a choice between two perfect men is not easy and I haven’t made mine.  Death is EVERYTHING in this book.  I anticipated every second we got to see him and I longed for him to feel happiness.  And yet, there were still times that I would try and find the clue as to his betrayal.  Because it must be coming, right?

I wish I could say I loved Evie throughout this book, however that’s not necessarily the case.  After a while of seeing her wallow in her love for two people and her heartbreak at not knowing what happened to either of them, she was starting to get on my nerves a bit.  I long for the day when she truly takes charge with a vengeance.  But since I don’t want to give spoilers away I’m going to leave it at that.

While she wasn’t my favorite thing of this reading experience, the story absolutely was.  It didn’t let up and things progressed nicely in the overall story arc.  There is a sense of urgency throughout this book as the game escalates, alliances are forged and trusts are challenged.  I honestly loved questioning everyone’s motives, I expect betrayal at every turn and I’ve become quite jaded.  Just when I start to warm up to someone’s character, my instincts tell me not to trust them.  And I think Ms. Cole is doing a good job creating that sense of distrust that is the only thing still making this game play out.

I know you probably want to know if Jack lives, and quite frankly I won’t give a damn thing away.  You can read this book and suffer along with me.  And when I say suffer, I mean Kresley Cole likes to torture us.  I should forewarn you about the cliffhanger.  The DAMN CLIFFHANGER!  One of those wanting to throw the kindle across the room moments for sure.  When I read that last bit and then …. the end…. I was more than a little upset.  I’m not sure how I can possibly wait eight months!  Eight.Full.Months to know what happens next.  If you’re ready to be in the same state as I’m in now, then read on.  I don’t think you’ll find a more exciting series.

Favorite Quotes:

This might be the most noble thing I’ve ever done.  Noble, for the record, cuts like a blade to the heart.

“I am a planet off its axis.”

Voice rough with lust, he said, “I have one treasure.”  He slowed, pinning my gaze with his starry one.  “And she owns my soul.”




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About Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. She has also written five award-winning historical romances.

Since her first novel was released in 2003, Kresley has published nineteen books with Simon & Schuster and has seen her releases translated into more than eighteen foreign languages. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Queensland area of Australia.

Cole’s trademark action, sensuality, and humor are exemplified in her popular Immortals After Dark Series, which revolves around the Lore, a secret stratum of hundreds of immortal creatures--ranging from Vampires to Lykae, Furies to Shifters, and Fey to Valkyrie--that each have their strengths, weaknesses, and age old prejudices against the others. Though they secretly live among humans, they constantly war among themselves, which gives her a lot of material.

In 2007, Kresley won the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for best paranormal for her novel A Hunger Like No Other, and in January 2009, she became a #1 New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller with her sixth IAD installment, Kiss of a Demon King. In 2010, Kiss of a Demon King earned Kresley her second RITA award. 2011 brought Cole her second #1 NYT bestseller with Dreams of a Dark Warrior.

She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many animals. She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water.


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I will be moving my butt and getting started!!

Darynda Jones

I CAN’T WAIT!!!! I’m on deadline and have yet to read the last one. I’m dying…


Such a cliff hanger with Dead of Winter. So many feelers. I can’t wait to get started on this one.


Looking forward to reading this series…thanks Francesca for the review

Amy R

Thanks for the review, not a fan of cliffhangers or triangles.