Review: DAY ZERO by Kresley Cole


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Title & Series: DAY ZERO (The Arcana Chronicles #3.5)
Author: Kresley Cole
Release date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Valkyrie Press
Pages: 180
Formats: Paperback, eBook


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. . . .


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

The Review

If the wait for the next installment in Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles has been killing you, DAY ZERO is guaranteed to help ease the pain. With Arcana Rising’s release still two weeks away, this companion novel will bring you back into the world, give you heretofore unseen peeks at the characters you adore, detest, or are intrigued by, introduce you to characters you haven’t yet gotten the chance to know, and tease of things still to come in this deadly game they’re playing.

DAY ZERO is not a “take it or leave it” tease of a story. It offers real insight into the game and its players. It expands the world. It’s substantive enough to make you feel invested in the characters’ outcomes. It is every bit as riveting as the full-length novels. And it leaves you just as eager for more.

If you have not yet read the other novels in this series it is not recommended that you read this book, as it does contain major spoilers that are better discovered in context.

If you’re not typically a fan of companion novels, set any hesitation you may have aside. You should definitely read this book. It’s awesome and amazing. It’s not some random plot outside of the main storyline with characters you may or may not be interested in. It involves the main characters, at a pivotal point in the story. It introduces other key characters who either have or will play a major role. And it teases the start to the next book in the series.

Plus, as is always to be expected from Kresley Cole, there is fantastic writing that will make you want to immediately restart the series from the beginning with the information you now know. It will also make you wish you could read even more from the points of view of the characters whose Day Zero experiences she shared.

Whether you’re hoping the game will end without a victor, or you have chosen who you think you want to win, reading DAY ZERO might just change your mind. So, if you are invested in the outcome of the series and its characters, discovering what this novel reveals is an absolute must.

The Rating


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

Coming August 15th


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Title & Series: ARCANA RISING (The Arcana Chronicles #4)
Author: Kresley Cole
Release date: August 15, 2016
Publisher: Valkyrie Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook


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?


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