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Title & Series: DEAD OF WINTER (The Arcana Chronicles #3)
Author: Kresley Cole
Release date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook


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?


Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

Kresley Cole takes readers on a twisted and crazy ride in DEAD OF WINTER, a ride that is non-stop until the moment it goes skyrocketing over the edge of a cliff and head-first into the ground far below. This third installment in the series is the most shocking, the most heartbreaking, with the most jaw-dropping ending yet. It is explosive. It is all-consuming. The tension is combustible. The enemies are disturbing and sinister. The ending is of the shriek out loud variety.

In order to save Jack from The Lovers, the most macabre of the Arcana yet, Evie must escape Death and leave behind the comfort, safety and protection she had with him. But if she thought Death was going to let her go so easily, she was mistaken.

With an enemy that is more cunning and vicious than any she has encountered hell-bent on her capture, former allies unwilling or unable to come to her aid, The Fool more cryptic than ever, she’ll need all the help she can get. Even if it means convincing Jack and Death to work together to take them out. And even if it means if they do succeed she’ll have a choice to make and a heart to break when it’s all over.

DEAD OF WINTER continues only moments after the events in ENDLESS KNIGHT. It drops readers right back into the heart of the action as Evie races to save the boy she can’t stop loving, even if she can no longer trust him. It builds in intensity as time runs out before his captors’ threats to do unspeakable things to him become reality. And it continues to build as the truth about The Lovers comes to light, her history with them is revealed, and her plan to take them out goes into action.

Author Kresley Cole took a huge risk and pulled out all the stops with this novel. She teases and torments, she shocks and horrifies, she delights and infuriates, she saves and she destroys. Between the bagmen, slavers, the plague, the world without sun, and the twisted machinations of The Lovers, the author paints a darker, more grim and even gorier picture than she has before in this series. But with two very different but incredibly sexy boys – mortal and immortal – vying for Evie’s heart, she manages to make room for some heat.

Alliances will end. Lives will end. Cards will fall. New Arcana will be named. New paths will be taken. The game will go on.

DEAD OF WINTER promises devastation, heartache and loss. It drops bombshell after bombshell. It will stun. It will surprise. It will amaze. It will electrify. It will leave every reader begging for the next book. It is truly Kresley Cole at her best.

The Rating


Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a personal note…

What… what… what?!? OMG what? I thought that one thing would destroy me. But then that other thing happened. OMG. OMG. OMG. What… just… happened?!?

Okay, I can’t say anything more than that or else I will spoil this entire book.


  1. Excellent review! That’s exactly what I felt! Lol.

  2. Just started this series. I listened to book one and really enjoyed it. I plan to listen to book two soon. 🙂

  3. Eileen @ BookCatPin says:

    Wow such high rating! I’ve know about this series for such a long time but never picked it up. Maybe it’s time to do it! Thanks for the review 😀

  4. I absolutely NEED this book in my life. I PREORDERED it but it didnt come yesterday so Im crossing my fingers for today. Im going to go nuts without this book, especially after a review like this

  5. I still need to read the second book, and boy, I really want to.
    Great review!

  6. I’m in massive book withdraws atm!!! I can’t possibly wait a year for the next. I’ve been bouncing around the house “OMG” “MUHAHAH SHE DIDNT” “AHH SHE DID” My husband has giving me odd looks all day!!! I NEED MORE!!

  7. OMG please tell me this isn’t the end of this series!!! We haven’t even met some cards yet! I was seriously wtf’ing on the last page!!!

  8. Liza @ Reading with ABC says:

    Geesh! I need to get caught up with this series. I love the first book and started reading the 2nd, but never finished it. It seems like the last installment is amazing, so I must read it!

  9. CanNOT wait for the next one. TEAM DEATH!

  10. Wonderful review! Knowing that
    A. This one’s been released &
    B. It’s magnificent
    makes me deliriously happy!
    Thank you. 🙂

  11. sue nicolai says:

    I can not wait for the rest of the series,, I have read books 1. 2. and 3. now on with the others 🙂

  12. OooO!!! I saw this series before but then completely forgot about it! Thanks for reminding me and also telling me that it’s such a great story that definitely needs on my list ASAP!

  13. ok, I had to skim with like my hands on my eyes in case there were any spoilers because I”m about to read this…as soon as I get up the courage bc after the last book I just KNOW she’s gonna pull some crazy shit ..Cole just always makes me feel like WHAT?!?! WAIT, WHAT!?!? haha, especially in this series. I read some of her adult books but although hI love them, she really brings on the suspense, and i love the steamy-ness she infuses in YA! Do you prefer Jack or Aric? After book 2 I gotta say Aric, but ..idk. Jack just kind of annoys me and It’s hard for me to forgive him after his actiosn in the first book especially.
    We will def have to discuss this after I finish! I heard its the type (like the last one) that you just need to talk to someone about. hahah

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