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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Book Review! Day Zero by Kresley Cole

Day Zero (The Arcana Chronicles #3.5)
by Kresley Cole
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance; Dystopian; Post Apocalyptic)
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Valkyrie Press

Arcana means secrets, and these Arcana Chronicles short stories from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole are filled with them. Experience firsthand the beginning of the end and behold the apocalypse through the eyes of characters you only thought you knew.

Ashes to ashes . . .
Evie Greene's story of the Flash is just one of many. All over the world, those connected in some way to the lethal Arcana game--like Death, Jack, and Fortune--must first survive a horrifying night of blood and screams.

We all fall down.
Some will have to grapple with new powers; all will be damned to a hellish new existence of plague, brutality, desolation, and cannibalism. Find out who they lost, why they endure, and what they sacrificed in order to live past Day Zero. . . .

Day Zero by Kresley Cole is a wonderful addition to the Arcana Chronicles. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, and this book is very helpful with that. If you haven't read the first three books yet, you definitely need to do so before reading this one as there are spoilers. In Day Zero, we see the characters just before the game begins. Some of them know what's coming. Some are clueless. I particularly enjoyed the characters who didn't know. I liked seeing their personalities before it all hit the fan, and comparing them to how they are now. It really helped me understand them better.

Death and Jack are making it really hard on me. Doesn't Death deserve a happy ending after all this time? I can't be the only one who is rooting for him. Then we have Jack. Reading his section of the book reminded me of many of the things I liked about him in the first book. I liked having some insight to his thoughts. So, I can't help but love him. I wonder if he's a card of some sort too. Hmm. I've been rooting for Death, and I'm still heavily leaning his way, but I'm conflicted. Day Zero is a great guide for me to keep all the characters in order. It's a must have for all the Arcana Chronicle fans out there

Day Zero by Kresley Cole was kindly provided to me by the author's publicist for review. The opinions are my own.

Read my reviews of the other books in this series!

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 twenty-two 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. In 2013, Kresley won a third RITA for Shadow's Claim and was inducted as only the 14th member of the RWA Hall of Fame.

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.

To learn more about Kresley Cole and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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