Thursday, October 17, 2013

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2) 
Kresley Cole
320 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
Rate: Love it

"I desired you before, but I never loved you until this life."

Evie is no longer the scared and useless girl she was after her trip. She's the Tarot Empress, the Poison Princess, Lady Lotus, Mistress of Flora, Queen of Thorns. She showed that in full force in the Alchemist house, winning her first symbol, and Jack was there to see the transformation of Evie and the reality: Evie and the others are not regular teens, they have been reincarnated and they play a dangerous and epic game where only one would survive by killing the others. This is kill or be killed, and not only their life are at stake, but mankind hands in the balance. And the prize? Immortality.
The Flash destroyed Earth, but the worst is about to come. Because when rain starts, all the horrors, enemies and devil creatures out there get stronger and the good Arcana get weak. 
When everything seemed possible, reaching her grandmother, having new and powerful allies, the possibility of killing Death and, most important, her relationship with Jack, Death claims Evie. He wants her and he would do anything to have her, liking offering her the opportunity to safe everyone she cares about, If she goes with him.
Now in Death's hand and asking every day If this is the day Death will kill her, Evie meets Death. She starts to remember past events that involved Death, that create a new idea about the person that keeps Evie captive. And though having dreams about Death might not be good for Jack and Evie's relationship, she cannot help herself feeling the passion the Endless Knight awakens in her.
Betrayal. Passion. Love. Evil. Good. Things Evie learns in those days and she needs to decide her fate and the others, because when the rain stops and the snow falls, that's where the Empress would be strong again.
One mission: to make Death to trust her, to fall for her again. One difficulty: Death can't forget.

"My relationship with Jackson had felt fated. Whatever I had with Aric felt . . . endless." 

The Poison Princess, first book in The Arcana Chronicles, was all about Evie finding herself, knowing her role in the Tarot game that started with The Flash. However, the Endless Knight is all about passion and Death. We are madly in love with it and we couldn't help giving the Endless Knight five gorjuss dolls.
Endless Knight picks up directly where Poison Princess left off, and it's like you never stopped reading.
As you now, Evie's world is full of danger. Not only because it seems that the Apocalypse arrived and everyone's going crazy about it, but because the Apocalypse created horrific creatures that in this book seem to be stronger than before. Why? Because of the rain. Baggers seek blood and the rain's the only thing that gives them their strength back, being more murderous than before. Teethers are getting hunger, and the mountains have barely food. But what's wrong with the cannibals in the mountains? They eat the person alive thanks to the Hierophant. 
Overall, everything gets more dangerous and more spooky. However, the romance keeps flowing and we get introduced to a hot passion and an undeniable sexual attraction that makes you stop breathing.
Don't worry, ladies, we have our Cajun back. Jack's back and afraid of the things he cannot explain. He's distant with Evie and even arrives to a point of even hating what Evie is, what broke our little hearts in two. 

“I never stopped liking you. Even when you were warding me away with the power of Catholicism.”
"Can’t help the way I was raised—anything supernatural is supposed to be either a miracle or satanic."
I rolled my eyes. “And you’re still trying to figure out which I am?”
"Non. I’m trying to figure out if I’m still Catholic.” He grinned that heart-stopping grin."

Despite this, they find each other again and it's magical! I absolutely missed him. Although in this book we learn some things about him and Matthew that makes us want to not like them at all.

"There was French kissing, and then there was Cajun French kissing. Spicier, harder, wilder."

And we also get to read those scenes between Evie and Jack that creates an smile on the reader. 

"That tape was private!"
"You'd tell this Arthur guy, a stranger, our story?"
"By that point, I was fairly sure he would never tell another soul."

Oh, Book Addicts, you are not going to believe this, but I think I'm considering being team Death. Oh, boy, you need to read his story, how he really is and the hot mess he is. I wouldn't mind meeting him, If I were Evie. Right now I have a turmoil of feelings. Too much. But one thing is clear: Evie and Death's story is bloody beautiful!
At first you don't like him. Why is this man trying to steal Evie from Jack and who the hell he think he is? Not only he has a powerful impact in everyone, he's Death, he kills with his touch! But he oozes attitude, like I-don't-give-a-damn attitude and I-can-do-whatever-I-want. He treated Evie cooly and that would give us goosebumps. However, the major creepy and scary goosebumps giver was Ogen aka The Devil. But we'll get to that.
Death brings Evie to his house, that has all the luxuries one could imagine after an apocalypse, and puts something in Evie's arm to prevent her to use her powers. Yep, trapped in Death's house with a traitor and The Devil. While Evie plans to kill Death in order to return to Jack, she gets to know him better and playing to seduce a hot man like Death can backfire your intentions. And that's the point YOU start to dream about Death, because, Book Addicts, he's hot, sexy, a gentleman, with a clear education, an accent and being an endless knight. He has some issues, like killing people with his touch and being Evie the only person he can't kill and the hatred he processes towards Evie. That's the definition of hot mess. 
So Evie starts to meet Death, at first a fierce Death always ready to bolt from Evie's side and stubborn to remember what Evie was and what she did to him in another life. 

"Just because you're a gutless harlot doesn't mean I won't find your... attributes attractive. I might be immortal, but I'm still a red-blooded male."
"Harlot? Who talks like that? Father Time, meet the Flinstones."

Then the sexual tension, the passion and attraction is too much. Even for us. And it was sad knowing what the Empress from the past life did to Death. Who was supposed to be evil looks like it's not and behind all that hatred is a lonely boy who wants to no longer feel empty inside and alone. And that's when the love triangle starts. Book Addicts, If I'm totally honest I think I even like Death more than Jack. However, I'll need to read the following book to decide, officially, which team I'll pick.

The idea that someone like him might be lonely made me think of him as, I don't know, more human. As if he were a normal guy in his early twenties, maybe a former college student just trying to get by.
When he was anything but. He was the Endless Knight, an immortal killer. He probably preferred being alone, lacking the need for companionship that I had.

And we cannot forget our beloved Matthew and Finn. Matthew keeps being as crazy as always, with his senseless ramblings and confusing predictions that makes us laugh and reminds us a little and helpless boy. You cannot help, but love him. 

Trying to draw Matthew into our conversation, I said, "look, here's Matthew's." I pointed out his card; on it, a smiling young man with an oblivious expression walked a desolate land, carrying a rucksack and a single white rose. A yapping dog nipped at his heels.
Matthew tilted his head at the likeness. "In a place where nothing grows, I carry a flower. The memory of you."
I smiled at him. "That's so sweet."
He frowned. "That literally happened."

Finn keeps bringing the fun and the laugh to the story, with his jokes and his Tarot nature that makes him do things that end up being way too funny. Selena keeps being Selena, although she backed off and didn't tried to steal Jack again, we discover new interesting things about her and she changes a little bit: meaning she almost likes Evie. Then there's Lark, a new member in the Evie's group. Like Matthew says: Good. Evil. Good. Evil. There are moments when you like and totally can picture her with Finn. And then there are moments when you simply hate her for her actions, although you like her style. So emotional roller coaster mode on. And the last character, Ogen, The Devil, gives us the creeps. Is bad enough to relate him to Lucifer and listen him say things "like feast of bones", but living near him? Not cool. It's doomed: something bad has to happen.

Rolling my eyes, I picked up the Devil Card. "So, this is Ogen, a.k.a., El Diablo. He allies with Death. He's got throns and hooves like a goat man, but his body is all ogre -with superhuman strenght. His call? I'll make a feast of your bones."
"Ogen, the ogre?" Finn raised his brows. "Really?"

Like the Poison Princess, the ending of this book is epic and you can only re-read it, wanting to read more and knowing what's going to happen after this. And it was about time to go after The Lovers. I was waiting for this to happen for the very first page of the second book. They deserve it.

Pacing the room, Aric said, "You never gave your heart before. I was convinced you didn't have one."
I pulled the sheet over my chest. "I do, and right now it's breaking in two."
"Why is it that the first time I've vowed retribution agaisnt you, it's the one time you were born like this? With honor and empathy? The sole time you are perfect for me-and you you're in love with another man!"
I whispered, "I'm so sorry."
"After the Flash, if I'd gone to Haven and protected you and your mother, would you have chosen me to love?"
Before being on the road with Jack? Before learning what a complicated boy he was? Before he'd saved my life? I had to answer honestly, "Yes."

Once again, Kresley Cole did an excellent job. A mind-blowing, sexy and amazing plot full of action, betrayal, passion, mystery, adventures, romance and Death scenes, that would make you have an insane amount of feelings and would captivate you from the first page. I can definitely say that I'm hooked with this story, for its romance and passion and for the same reasons I loved the first book. 
Like I said to Rosa, I'm super excited to share Kresley's story with you, Book Addicts, and you need to read this book. Because of Death. Because you would want to re-read the whole story, but mostly the ending and Death and Evie's scenes. It would rock your world, Book Addicts!
We have to thank Brooke, Kresley's assistant for sending the beautiful books you can see in our site, both the Poison Princess and Endless Knight, Kresley Cole for the books and sharing this wonderful story and Simon & Schuster. Thank you for letting us read this incredible story, making them our favorite series.
We also wanted to tell Kresley that we cannot stop thinking about the ending, and that we need to read the third book. Because we believe it's going to be full of awesomeness like the other two and because we cannot keep speculating who's going to appear next, although, Book Addicts, we have the feeling we are going to meet the Emperor. 

Claudia Lee as Evie
Liam Hemsworth as Jack
Ana Mulvoy as Selena
Dylan O'Brien as Matt
Robert Sheehan as Finn
Kellan Lutz as Death
Jessica Lucas as Lark
Jamie Campbell Bower

What do you think, Book Addicts?

Our Endless Knight Playlist

Seven Devils by Florence + Machine -> Evie comes out of the Alchemist's house
The House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals -> Leaving Requiem. Being Followed.
Time is Running Out by Muse -> In the mountains
Alone Together by Fall Out Boy -> Jack & Evie together (shower)
Demons by Imagine Dragons -> Death comes to take Evie
Makes Me Want To Die by The Pretty Reckless -> They are dead
The Phoenix by Fall Out Boy -> Evie fights against Death
Na Na Na by My Chemical Romance -> The Tower & Co fights Death
This Land is Your Land by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings -> Welcome to Death's house
Feel Again by OneRepublic -> They are alive
Counting Stars by OneRepublic -> Evie & Death
Evil Ways by Blues Saraceno (Remix) -> Death Training
Try by P!nk -> Evie trying to seduce Death
I Hate Everything About You by Three Days Grace -> Jack & Matthew's betrayal
The Scientist by ColdPlay -> Evie depressed
Calls Me Home by Shannon LaBrie -> Falling for Death
Bad Things by Jace Everett -> Knowing Aric
Bury Me Alive -> The Devil's Sabbath
Alpha Dog by Fal Out Boy -> Evil vs. Death
The Diary Of Jane by Breaking Benjamin -> I can't be with you right now
Part Of Me by Katy Perry -> Jack
Born To Die by Lana Del Rey -> End of Endless Knight

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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. You can learn more about Kresley at

1) Team Death or Team Jack? Why?

 2) Which new Tarot Card do you think will appear in the next book?

Click here to see the cards and read the description of each one:

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  1. I would choose "Team Jack" (as his character sounds interesting, and i am not sure i would like to pick Death!) and the card would be 'the magician'.

    Thank you for this AMAZING giveaway x

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    1. Hi Lucinda!
      Good choice. Bad boy Jack ;) We love him, too.
      And good pick. The Magician is Finn's character. He's awesome and funny, and he does some good and useful tricks in Evie's world.
      Thank you for participating in this giveaway ^^

  2. I'm definitely Team Jack! I really liked him in Poison Princess. (Although, I haven't read Endless Knight, so that could change... ;)
    And I think one of the lesser known cards will show up--like maybe Justice or Judgment.

    1. Hi Holly!!!
      Oh!!! I was the same!! Totally team Jack in Poison Princess. Now... I'm torn!!! hahaha If you liked PP, you need to read this one. Is really, really great! I think I even liked it more *O*
      Good cards. Justice seems to me that it's going to be a little dangerous. Don't know why exactly. And Judgement, too. I really want to know who's the mysterious card that nobody knows about, even the Arcana cannot hear him. Some people are saying is Jack... but not sure.

  3. I never read the books and I don't know what it's about , I refuse to read any reviews that will reveal too much but I would choose Team Death simply because he's on the jacket cover and I don't know which Tarot card will appear but perhaps the Queen of some sort? who knows.

    1. Hi Jackie,
      I completely agree with you. I hate spoilers in the reviews, although sometimes is difficult not to spill something.
      I like your pick. Death is definitely hot in this second book. You should read this series, you'd enjoy them :) Supernatural, apocalyptic, romantic and a game involving tarot cards. Not saying anything else!
      Thanks for stopping by ;)

  4. Definitely team Jack! I haven't read Endless Knight yet though, so that could change. I'm not sure what Tarot card it could be. Perhaps Justice?

    1. OH! I was Team Jack, too, Ariel! That was until Endless Knight! You need to tell me if you change your mind ;)
      Justice, good pick ^^

      Thanks for stopping by

  5. The song Between the raindrops by Lifehouse ft Natasha Bedingfield is an absolute perfect song after Jack and Evie get together in chapter 14! What do you think?

    1. Desaray!
      Thanks for sharing a new song with me! I don't know how this happened, but I hadn't heard this song before. Now I have and I absolutely love it! I also thing it would be a perfect song for Evie and Jack's moments. Before Death comes and destroys our happy bubble of Jack & Evie's love ¬¬ (thank, Death). hahaha
      Do you have more songs? Even if it's from other books? :O I would love to hear your ideas ;)
      Thanks for stopping by, Desaray and for sharing this amazing song!