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Friday, January 9, 2015

Review- DEAD OF WINTER by Kresley Cole

DEAD OF WINTER (The Arcana Chronicles Book 3)
Kresley Cole
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-1481423458
Source: eBook from the Author
Rating: Obsessed!!!!!!!!!!!

Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

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?

Wow this is going to be hard to write without spoiling anything. All I have is theories after this one! My friends and I have talked at lengths about what's going to happen next! Also thanks to Kresley for the review copy!

I'll start by saying I loved this book with a fiery passion! But I grew to hate a character that I had only previously disliked and mistrusted (cough Jack, cough). I fell even deeper in love with Death/Aric and Evie drove me nuts! Girlfriend needs to make a choice! I will say I hate this cover I don't understand the redesign at all. I loved the ones with the characters on them

The storyline and plot for this one was absolutely crazy! The twins are two sick puppies and there were some parts of the story where it was actually hard to read what was happening! And I do not have a soft stomach. But they are craaaaaazzzzzyyyyyyy!!!

OK I want to keep this short so I don't ramble because I could do that forever. I can't wait for the next installment in this series and I can't wait to meet the rest of the cards! Also Evie needs to pick Death lol.

I chose a passage between Death and Evie to share because it was awesome!!! ;)

His irises brightened and brightened. Eyes fully aglow, he rasped, “I am in love with you.” Irresistible Death. “And you love me in turn.”

I gazed at his mouth, recalling how I’d kissed that faint dip in his bottom lip. “Why would you say that?” My voice sounded so far away.

“My fierce Empress protected me before you left our home. Your concern told me much.” Pride lit his expression. “What foe did you think might get to me, little wife?”

Flustered, I said, “I didn’t know, okay? You said you were always a target.”

He pressed a kiss to my forehead, as if in reward. When he drew back, he gave me a real smile, not a smirk, not a grudging half-grin. I’d only seen this a couple of times before.

And it was devastating.

Inner shake. “Admit it: after my poison kiss, when you were reaching for your antitoxin, you believed I’d given you a lethal dose.”

“I admit it. And I was chastised for my doubt when I woke.”

“Chastised? Chastised? You broke my heart that night! You didn’t notice—or care—how much you were hurting me!”

“When I recognized that you weren’t over your infatuation with the mortal, I might have been . . . testing you.” He’d tested me the other night as well! “I needed to know if you felt something as strong for me.”

“What if I’d surrendered?”

His lips parted as if he was imagining that even now. “I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I’m glad you didn’t. You told me that you would grow to hate me. I didn’t believe it then, but I do now. I should never have put you in that situation.”

“Testing me doesn’t excuse what you did. Coercion is not cool.”

He backed away, stabbing his fingers through his hair. “Then teach me what is! I have no experience with a wife, but you know my capacity for learning. I can learn to be what you need.”


  1. Hahaha love this. And there's so much speculation about the next book. I don't even want to guess because KC does insane things in her books and will likely do something so unexpected we won't even come close to guessing what will be right.

    I don't know why the pub switches covers after the second book in a series. Just got my PB copies of the first two and am surprised they're not the same size or the same texture. I like the pettable one better (EK). But I did love those first two covers, especially PP because the browns were gorgeous.

    No matter, though bc we will read these books no matter what the cover, right? And yeah Team Death all the way!

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