“It’s terrible to be a girl trapped in a story. But you can be more than that. You can be the teller. You can shape the story. You can make all of Faerie love you.”
Rating: 5/5 stars
Sometimes the difference between a love story and a horror story is where the ending comes . . .
While Jude fought for power in the Court of Elfhame against the cruel Prince Cardan, her sister Taryn began to fall in love with the trickster, Locke.
Half-apology and half-explanation, it turns out that Taryn has some secrets of her own to reveal.
The Lost Sisters is a companion e-novella to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince by master writer Holly Black.
Honestly, I was just expecting this to be something to placate us from having to wait another three months for The Wicked King, but much to my surprise this was so much more! Granted, I don’t think this redeems Taryn’s character in any way (especially now that I’ve read The Wicked King). But it was actually interesting to watch some really important parts of The Cruel Prince unravel in Taryn’s eyes.
This novella is written as a letter from Taryn to Jude basically trying to explain why she did the things she did, and seek some sort of forgiveness. And while I really have zero sympathy for Taryn it kind of made me feel for Jude, even more than I already do. Taryn, is the type of person that desperately needs to feel wanted and y’all that is so far from myself. Can’t relate. The rundown of this novella is basically this… she’s a shit sister, who is willing to make some pretty horrible choices because she thinks being with a manipulative asshole will make all of Faerie love her and that’s all she wants. Taryn, honey, please just stop.
This also basically confirms that Locke is the worst. I mean, he played both sisters and that’s really messed up. But I also need to know what his motives are because I really don’t know and knowing Holly Black she has a lot of tricks up her sleeve. No one is safe, but I low key hope Locke dies at some point in this trilogy. Sorry, Taryn, but your man has GOT TO GO. We got no time for games (even though that’s all this entire series is). But let’s leave the games to Jude and Cardan, am I right?
As for the writing, it was superb as usual. Holly Black is one of my favorite authors and while she can whip up a mean story about Faeries, I’ve also enjoyed other books by her as well that are not related to the fae and they are just as good. Also, can I just mention the fact that I was L I V I N G for the way Taryn talks about how Cardan looks at Jude. Like, absolutely thriving. Especially when Taryn recounts Jude holding him by his throat against a tree, ugh yaaaaas, it was just so good.
Let’s start with a love story. Or maybe it’s another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly in where the ending comes.
You know what fascinates me about you? You’re a hungry person sitting in front of banquet, refusing to eat.
Jealousy wasn’t a spice to me then. It was the whole meal and I was gagging it down.
Looking at you was like looking into a mirror and hating what I saw.
All in all, I was really shocked by how good of a novella this was. And now that I’m officially done with The Wicked King and have nothing to live for until 2020 I’m going to lay in bed and cry for a year and a day, but not a minute more 😉.
Until next time,