Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole Review

arTitle: Arcana Rising

Author: Kresley Cole

Publisher:  Valkyrie Press

Format: eBook

Publication Date: August 15, 2016

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Publisher

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?


This book had quite a few twists and turns in it. Overall I liked it, but there were a few things at the very end that fell flat for me. What I enjoyed was watching Evie have to be on her own and surviving. I always figured she was stronger than she was giving herself credit for, but this book just really shows that in her struggle to get back to her friends. I enjoyed that journey and I even enjoyed the romance in this book. It was sweet and a little sappy, but ultimately both characters deserved to be happy.

What I disliked was Evie’s grandmother. Oh. my. gosh. This woman is nuts!!! I can’t even begin to describe my horror at how ruthless she was. I hated her, she was awful. And then here is where the story kind of lost me. Everything seemed pretty straightforward in the romance department, and Evie didn’t really seem to be out of it mentally. Her powers were struggling, but honestly I attributed that to her grief and thought that might be impacting her. There was no foreshadowing that there was something wrong until like the last 5 pages of the book. Then I’m left on a cliffhanger til the next book comes out. Now I don’t mind small cliffhangers, but one of this magnitude? And Evie might be going crazy??? No, there needed to be more to round out this book. So the ending left me pretty dissatisfied, although the overall book was good. I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars for the terrible terrible cliffhanger, honestly without that the book would have gotten at least a 4.

03half3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“Despite everything, I felt my lips twitch. If he weren’t a homicidal god-wannabe, and I didn’t have a murderous red witch inside me, we might’ve been friends. When his laughter died down, he said, “Back in the day, we would’ve made a great reality TV show. The Sol and Empress Show.”

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