Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole…. Jack or Death???

Posted August 29, 2015 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 1 Comment

Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole…. Jack or Death???Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole
Series: The Arcana Chronicles
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on January 6th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
Source: Own
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Also in this series: Endless Knight, Day Zero
Also by this author: Poison Princess, The Warlord Wants Forever

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 perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on the Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them 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...?

It’s no secret that I love this series.  It’s fascinating, dark, and pretty much just awesome.  In this book Evie has to convince Death to help Jack, and then she may have to choose who she wants to be with.  Both have hurt her and helped her.  The decision is hard.  So I’m going to do something a little different with this post.  We’ll highlight the pros and cons of both Jack and Death.

Jack vs. Death



  • He’s loyal when it comes down to it.
  • He’s a fierce, but likeable, leader.
  • He’ll do anything for his friends.
  • He takes care of Matthew when he didn’t really care for him before.
  • He’s a smooth-talker, and Evie means everything to him.
  • Even though he doubts Evie’s choices, he usually stands behind her 100%.


  • He’s got a temper.
  • He’s not so great at showing his emotions.
  • He takes a dig at Death any chance he gets.
  • He doubts some of Evie’s decisions.



  • He no longer hates Evie.
  • He helps her even when he knows he shouldn’t.
  • He has a pretty intense past with Evie.
  • He is a better person because of Evie.
  • He doesn’t do anything without thinking it through, and knowing all the angles.


  • He’s very manipulative.
  • He doesn’t do anything that doesn’t benefit him.
  • He sometimes doesn’t treat Evie like she’s capable of making her own decisions.
  • He’s not honest with everything he tells Evie.

I’m not sure who I would choose.  They both have their own faults and things that make them amazing.  I lean toward Jack, but that’s mostly because I fell for this guy from the first book.  But the more we learn about Death the easier it is to be swayed by him.

I will say the ending of this book almost killed me, and I NEED the next book as soon as it comes out.

Who would you pick? Jack….. or Death?

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

One response to “Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole…. Jack or Death???

  1. benedicte

    Nice post^^, thanks
    Globally, your assessment is correct, a little more favorable for Jack (when I read it lol)
    I see Aric as sexy, less Jack (personnally),but on the other hand, Aric is also sort of egoistic/indiferent to humans (arcana or not) =/: some people could argue that he had no choice, but he could have tried to stop the game (what will happen this time, I believe) or even help humanity after slaying all arcana – but he stayed in his confortable castle, and this is what annoys me about Aric, from this aspect Jack is very different, he tries to defend humanity….
    About your pros for Aric ‘He has a pretty intense past with Evie’, yes (it is a fact) BUT, we anticipate Jack is the hidden Arcana, what would be his past with Evie?…. and I imagine some nasty things happening between Aric and Jack which led Evie to kill Aric (I do not believe she was that nasty, manipulative witch but rather, she became full of rage, then the red sorceress…). I am may be wrong, but I imagine some scenario.
    Who Evie should end up: Not really a concern for me if both (Jack and Aric) are nicelly treated, at the end….. Then we should try to imagine the nice girl the loser will end up (bad for Jack, Selena could have been a nice substitute).
    Last, by my reading, it seems clear to me who Evie will end up, from a logical point of view and/or how KC brings the story. I might be wrong (I believe she will end up with Jack), but more important is how KC will explain Evie’s choice in order not to upset half of her readers! Many assumptions can be elaborated on Jack past life arcana, Jack youth (his secret) or Jack’s evolution as Arcana, which allows many surprise to favor Jack’s position (or defavor if you want to believe in Aric, but I personnally dout KC will ruin Jack or Aric’s reputation).

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