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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 compani 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.


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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 compani 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.

30 review for The Lost Sisters

  1. 4 out of 5

    شيماء ✨

    Actual footage of me reading Taryn’s half-baked justifications: This novella, which was kind of a letter written from Taryn to Jude, only reinforced the conviction I’ve settled into after reading The Cruel prince: That Locke is a curse in every language in which it is spoken and the guileful spinner of this dreadful web everyone is tangled in, carefully orchestrated so that he’s at the center of it all. To him, Taryn was a blank canvas and he poured into her, filling her empty spaces so completel Actual footage of me reading Taryn’s half-baked justifications: This novella, which was kind of a letter written from Taryn to Jude, only reinforced the conviction I’ve settled into after reading The Cruel prince: That Locke is a curse in every language in which it is spoken and the guileful spinner of this dreadful web everyone is tangled in, carefully orchestrated so that he’s at the center of it all. To him, Taryn was a blank canvas and he poured into her, filling her empty spaces so completely she didn’t even realize she’s become the wrong shape. This is what he does. He disarms people with the candy shell charm that’s hiding the thing lurking beneath it, coaxing them into feeding him their most hidden secrets and most guarded desires and giving him something new and shiny to play with. But I genuinely can’t tell you if his manipulations of Taryn are so deep she can’t even notice it lining her every seam, or if he glimpsed the fleeting slices and the jagged pieces—glittering and sharp and hungry—obfuscated beneath Taryn’s exterior and saw something he recognized. Because two are playing at this treacherous game. [puts my hand on Taryn’s shoulder and looks her directly in the eyes] Yeah. If you think you’re entitled to Jude’s understanding and forgiveness for not only betraying her but worst, being an accomplice in the pain and humiliation she’s been made to endure, all in order to earn the flimsy approval and affection of some crusty dude who’s treated you like shit and used you as a sponge that he can fill with his drama and ego and squeeze out when he pleases, then I hate to break it to you but you’re actually just an asshole! “You’re awful.” He [Cardan] said it as though he was delighted. “And the worst part is that you believe otherwise.” Cardan ain’t wrong. (4 stars for Cardan for being the only woke person in this entire book)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    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. Ah, I only wish this was longer! The Lost Sisters is a tiny story and even tinier than it first appears because the last ten or so pages is an extract from The Wicked King. It's an apology - of sorts - from Taryn to Jude. I love that Black chose to have Taryn directly address Jude as she explains her actions and motivations. It made it a more emotional read. And, he 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. Ah, I only wish this was longer! The Lost Sisters is a tiny story and even tinier than it first appears because the last ten or so pages is an extract from The Wicked King. It's an apology - of sorts - from Taryn to Jude. I love that Black chose to have Taryn directly address Jude as she explains her actions and motivations. It made it a more emotional read. And, hell, did she have some explaining to do! Frankly, it's a pretty terrible apology, but I can't deny that I like and sympathize more with Taryn after reading it. In the end, she's just trying to make her way and be happy with the circumstances life has handed her. Unfortunately, that also means she's willing to step on a few people to get where she needs to be. Once, there was a woman who was beautiful and clever and, because of her beauty and cleverness, believed that she would always be happy. Perhaps she should have known better, but she didn’t. Despite this, she's not the real villain. She's complex and messed up but I can understand her. Deep down, she wants to be a good person-- even when she's not. Locke, on the other hand, is a manipulative, borderline-abusive piece of shit. The only good thing about him is how great it feels to hate him. I suppose that makes him a good villain *seethes* It's weird reading this book after having read The Wicked King and recalling all the drama that goes down in that book. It's quite exciting to glimpse the characters like this once again whilst also knowing what they'll become. Why oh why can't I have the next book right now?? Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    1.) The Cruel Prince ★★★★★ 2.) The Wicked King ★★★★★ “Fairy tales are full of girls who wait, who endure, who suffer. Good girls. Obedient girls. Girls who crush nettles until their hands bleed. Girls who haul water for witches. Girls who wander through deserts or sleep in ashes or make homes for transformed brothers in the woods. Girls without hands, without eyes, without the power of speech, without any power at all. But then a prince rides up and sees the girl and finds her beautiful. Beautif 1.) The Cruel Prince ★★★★★ 2.) The Wicked King ★★★★★ “Fairy tales are full of girls who wait, who endure, who suffer. Good girls. Obedient girls. Girls who crush nettles until their hands bleed. Girls who haul water for witches. Girls who wander through deserts or sleep in ashes or make homes for transformed brothers in the woods. Girls without hands, without eyes, without the power of speech, without any power at all. But then a prince rides up and sees the girl and finds her beautiful. Beautiful, not despite her suffering, but because of it.” No one weaves words and magic like Holly Black. No one. And I don’t even have words to express how amazing it feels to be back in this world. Not only did it make me appreciate The Cruel Prince more, it also made me emotional because of all the foreshadowing for The Wicked King. This is a pivotal short story that completely immersed me, captivated me, and reinforced that this is my favorite series of all-time. It was so smart to format this story in a letter, that Taryn is writing to Jude, but in second person. It is eerie, and haunting, and it makes the reading experience feels so much more intimate, real, and unforgettable. Every time I open a Holly Black book, I feel like I’ve stepped right into the realm of fae, and this short story was no different. “Faeries despise humans as liars, but there are different kinds of lying. Since you and I first came to Faerie, Jude, we’ve lied to each other plenty.” The Lost Sisters allows you to see small glimpses into important scenes of The Cruel Prince, but we get to see it all unfold from Taryn’s point of view. I see a lot of reviews say that it made them sympathize with her, but it made me feel worse for Jude. This isn’t a redemption arc. This isn’t a happy ending. This isn’t what you’re expecting. This is just an honest look at Taryn’s feelings; and if I’m being honest, they are still really selfish. “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.” But Taryn really is trying to carve out her own place in a world that she never asked to live in. Vivi, Jude, and Taryn didn’t ask to lose their mother, be ripped from their home, and forced to live among people who will never make them feel like they belong. But all three girls feel and handle things very differently. Vivi feels sadness and wishes to escape. Jude feels angry and wishes for revenge. Taryn feels inadequacy and wishes for love. And all of these things are valid, and none of things are lesser, they are just different. “His hair was bright in the moonlight, his face as handsome as heartbreak.” But this book also really shines a spotlight on Locke. And he truly is the gaslighting, manipulative, abusive, royal jerk. This book really shows how easy it for abusive people to be manipulative. How they can twist everything to make it feel like it is all your fault. How they can make you crave their attention. How easy it is to feel like you’re being loved, not abused. Honestly, the most interesting element of this book for me was the introduction of Edir, and the entire secret party and all the attendees. Again, it really reinforced (to me) that Locke is totally going to end up being the big bad of this entire story. Also, I just have a really soft spot in my heart for bard-like characters. And sometimes we really do need to listen to the songs of the mothers and women that came before us, to know how worthy of a new song we all really are. “But that night, a pebble struck my window and I saw the shape of a boy standing below, smiling up at me as though he already knew all my secrets.” My favorite part of the book? A whisper from Cardan. God, I’m so soft and weak and on brand. It’s really pathetic at this point. Seeing Cardan in this book was hard at first, really hard, I’m not going to lie, but seeing how far he’s come? How far him and Jude have both come? Lord, help me. It is almost funny to see them interact in this short story, knowing the storm that awaits them in The Wicked King. Overall, I loved this. I really was expecting to feel differently after turning that last page, but this was still such an atmospheric ride that I truly never wanted to end. This series, this world, these characters, everything is just a tier above the rest. This is the series of my heart and soul. And Holly Black never ceases to amaze me. I stan one fae queen, and it is her. It will always be her. “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.” Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch Content and trigger warnings for murder, death, self-harm, bullying, and grey area cheating.

  4. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    honestly, nothing hypes me up more for the desperately awaited sequel than the relief in knowing that the girl i cant stand (AKA taryn, AKA the worst, AKA a human pile of garbage) is still an absolute disaster of a person. i mean, her ‘apology/explanation’ made her a little more complex and gave her some slight development, but i really cant wait to see how locke screws her over even more in ‘a wicked king.’ and im not even sorry about it. lol. also, just your friendly reminder that its only 20 d honestly, nothing hypes me up more for the desperately awaited sequel than the relief in knowing that the girl i cant stand (AKA taryn, AKA the worst, AKA a human pile of garbage) is still an absolute disaster of a person. i mean, her ‘apology/explanation’ made her a little more complex and gave her some slight development, but i really cant wait to see how locke screws her over even more in ‘a wicked king.’ and im not even sorry about it. lol. also, just your friendly reminder that its only 20 days until release day!! woohoo! ↠ 3.5 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    MischaS_

    I'm not sure what was the purpose of this "novella". Was it supposed to show that Taryn didn't do it to hurt her sister? That she's somehow brave? That she's an active player and not just a bystander? It was written from her point of view! I expected that I would be a bit more convinced by what she was saying! But come on, any villain would do a better job trying to persuade us that his intentions are good than Tarny did. Taryn needs a smackdown in Blair Waldorf fashion! She's a pathetic little g I'm not sure what was the purpose of this "novella". Was it supposed to show that Taryn didn't do it to hurt her sister? That she's somehow brave? That she's an active player and not just a bystander? It was written from her point of view! I expected that I would be a bit more convinced by what she was saying! But come on, any villain would do a better job trying to persuade us that his intentions are good than Tarny did. Taryn needs a smackdown in Blair Waldorf fashion! She's a pathetic little girl that's worried that no one will like her and she will have to do something! So, she did the easiest way to possibly secure a comfy, little life. 😂😂😂 Well, let's wait and see how that will turn out for Taryn. I do not have much to add to it, except for this. “Remember, we don’t love the way that you do.”

  6. 5 out of 5

    chandler ainsley ♕

    edit 10/7: i didn't like this :) it could be that it's been too much time since i've read the cruel prince but i didn't really feel that this novella was necessary. i know i shouldn't assume anything about holly black's characters but i could have guessed that taryn was a dumb ass, naive, loved up, fool. i think i would have preferred this more if she hadn't had any remorse for her actions. her weeping and "but i was in love" justification to all of her actions was just... not interesting to me. i edit 10/7: i didn't like this :) it could be that it's been too much time since i've read the cruel prince but i didn't really feel that this novella was necessary. i know i shouldn't assume anything about holly black's characters but i could have guessed that taryn was a dumb ass, naive, loved up, fool. i think i would have preferred this more if she hadn't had any remorse for her actions. her weeping and "but i was in love" justification to all of her actions was just... not interesting to me. i don't think this was poorly written and it was nice getting back into this world but i wish this novella would have been about LITERALLY anything else. maybe the fae sister's feelings/why she wants to live in the human world? idk. wasn't a complete waste of time but not something i will be rereading. I might hate tarryn but sometimes u just gotta yolo & yeet & read the damn novella

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mari Yeung

    I’ve never been more excited about a novella in my entire life. I don’t even like Taryn and Locke. My obsession for this series is getting real bad, I guess. ****** So, my thoughts on this novella. I think I sympathize with Taryn a bit more now, but I still don’t like her at all. I don’t understand her actions simply because her motives are dumb to me. While Jude is after something badass, tangible and personally highly rewarding, she’s just looking for someone to marry. Way to go Taryn, you have s I’ve never been more excited about a novella in my entire life. I don’t even like Taryn and Locke. My obsession for this series is getting real bad, I guess. ****** So, my thoughts on this novella. I think I sympathize with Taryn a bit more now, but I still don’t like her at all. I don’t understand her actions simply because her motives are dumb to me. While Jude is after something badass, tangible and personally highly rewarding, she’s just looking for someone to marry. Way to go Taryn, you have such high ambitions *insert slow pity clap* Locke is seriously the worst though. I don’t think I hate a character in this series more than I hate him. I hope Jude kills him like she did with Valerian. That’s what he deserves.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "We were mortals and we had no fixed future in Faerie. You were wondering about your place here, just like I was." Can I just start by saying how surprised I am at how vital this itty bitty story is to the overall arc of The Cruel Prince? I went in wholly expecting to have wasted my $2.99 based on my overall lack of enjoyment of novellas in general, but this? This was superb. In fact, if this golden nugget had somehow been weaved into book one, even as an afterthought, wrap-up, or extended epilog "We were mortals and we had no fixed future in Faerie. You were wondering about your place here, just like I was." Can I just start by saying how surprised I am at how vital this itty bitty story is to the overall arc of The Cruel Prince? I went in wholly expecting to have wasted my $2.99 based on my overall lack of enjoyment of novellas in general, but this? This was superb. In fact, if this golden nugget had somehow been weaved into book one, even as an afterthought, wrap-up, or extended epilogue, I would have give TCP a higher rating than I initially doled out. One of the reasons I wasn't blown away with the first installment was due to my lack of connection to the characters and world; this slight tale connected all the pieces that were floating in my periphery during my first read. While at first I was sitting around, pouting and telling myself "She can't force me to like Taryn, stop trying to make Taryn happen!", I quickly realized that Holly Black was not, in fact, trying to force this character down my throat. I'll go as far as to suggest that this minute character study is present to fill in a few gaps, sure, but also to reinforce what a truly unlikable character Taryn is, and her journey on discovering just how far she's willing to go and what she's actually capable of. I won't spoil anything for you, but reading this little treasure has made me eager for the release of The Wicked King, where before I was apathetic and resigned to continuing on just to see what happens. "Be bold, be bold, but not too bold, lest that your heart's blood should run cold."

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helena ✰ FC

    I didn’t sign up for 30+ pages of EXCUSES!!! My goodness, Taryn, what an awful sister you are! It blows my mind that you and Jude are TWINS! Half of what she was subjected to...is entirely because of you! You just convinced yourself that it was okay because Jude was strong enough to fight back, rather than lying down and taking it like you. You’re absolute rubbish! You can imagine to be the lost princess in a faery tale all you like, but you can’t change the fact that all you are is a complete an I didn’t sign up for 30+ pages of EXCUSES!!! My goodness, Taryn, what an awful sister you are! It blows my mind that you and Jude are TWINS! Half of what she was subjected to...is entirely because of you! You just convinced yourself that it was okay because Jude was strong enough to fight back, rather than lying down and taking it like you. You’re absolute rubbish! You can imagine to be the lost princess in a faery tale all you like, but you can’t change the fact that all you are is a complete and utter waste of space. Jude deserves infinitely better than you as a sister. Honestly, you make Bella Swan look like an Amazonian warrior. For the love of all that’s holy...GROW A BLOODY SPINE! In the words of our beloved Prince Cardan: ”You’re awful.” He said it as though he was delighted. “And the worst part is that you believe otherwise.”

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gaia

    me: i can't believe i'm gonna read a novella about the characters i dislike the most them: you don't have to... me: no i'm gonna ***** [21/10/18] novellas aren't really supposed to add anything to the main plotline, they're about developing characters and their backstories. so the only time i can actually rate them positively because i TRULY liked them is when i like the character they're about. if anyone was wondering, i still don't care about taryn at all! however i do love holly black's style and t me: i can't believe i'm gonna read a novella about the characters i dislike the most them: you don't have to... me: no i'm gonna ***** [21/10/18] novellas aren't really supposed to add anything to the main plotline, they're about developing characters and their backstories. so the only time i can actually rate them positively because i TRULY liked them is when i like the character they're about. if anyone was wondering, i still don't care about taryn at all! however i do love holly black's style and this series overall. so this might not be much in itself but it was something to quiet the seemingly neverending wait till book 2... but then that sneak peek... kinda did the worst because now i'll be once again thinking of jude and cardan during every waking moment. can i just have the wicked king now please???

  11. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    I'm so desperate for The Wicked King and my silly little self was like "oohhh this will be a nice thing while we wait!" Actually it's TORTURE. And it also gives you a peek of TWK so like...no, no, it's fine, I wanted to be impaled by an ebook because of my intense need to know what happens next. 😭 I still don't like Taryn, but I liked getting to see her perspective. She is so desperately in need of being wanted, and I find that so sad that she can't get it from anywhere else but the cruelly mani I'm so desperate for The Wicked King and my silly little self was like "oohhh this will be a nice thing while we wait!" Actually it's TORTURE. And it also gives you a peek of TWK so like...no, no, it's fine, I wanted to be impaled by an ebook because of my intense need to know what happens next. 😭 I still don't like Taryn, but I liked getting to see her perspective. She is so desperately in need of being wanted, and I find that so sad that she can't get it from anywhere else but the cruelly manipulative Locke. I feel like she and Jude could've been a Slytherin-power-sister-duo except Taryn will literally hurl Jude under a bus if it benefits her. Congrats, Taryn. You fit into backstabbing faerieland just fine. Also Locke is so viciously and Cardan is a petulant little shit and this series is so messed up and I love it. (I don't love them. I love how it's crafted. Faeries are dangerous, nEVER FORGET.) It's such an excellent display of morally grey characters and the psychology behind it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jiana

    Taryn can throw herself and her so-called "apology" off a cliff.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alana • thebookishchick

    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 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. Favorite Quotes 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 😉. Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  14. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    50% of me: wow the writing is so gorgeous, much love, Holly is so amazing the other 50% of me: why the #&%&$(# did I just sit through 50 PAGES of this NONSENSE and when do I get to watch this stupid brat BURN RTC

  15. 5 out of 5

    ♆Hayley

    WOW, I didn’t think it was possible for me to hate Taryn anymore than I already did but yep, it’s possible. I FUCKING HATE HER. Not going to lie, I think she is pathetic and weak. What I especially hate about her is that she is nasty and then tries to paint herself in a kind light. No honey, you’re just a bitch. Locke is awful as well, but I like it because he doesn’t pretend to be otherwise. Let’s start with a love story. Or maybe it’s another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly WOW, I didn’t think it was possible for me to hate Taryn anymore than I already did but yep, it’s possible. I FUCKING HATE HER. Not going to lie, I think she is pathetic and weak. What I especially hate about her is that she is nasty and then tries to paint herself in a kind light. No honey, you’re just a bitch. Locke is awful as well, but I like it because he doesn’t pretend to be otherwise. 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. This was beautifully written, as always, and I loved the other fairytales within this one. The world that Holly has crafted in this series is as beautiful as it is terrifying - I love it so much. It was interesting being in Taryn’s head, seeing her try and justify herself to Jude, and it was really fun to see interactions between Jude and the Folk (especially Jude and Cardan). *sigh* Hate Taryn, loved this story. ”You’re awful.” He [Cardan] said it as though he was delighted. “And the worst part is that you believe otherwise.” Sums Taryn up perfectly. She’s a trash human. **** I’m so fucking excited I can’t even. I hate Locke but I do admire his awfulness and Taryn.. is a cunt. Sorry not sorry. I can’t wait to crawl inside her backstabbing little mind because there is no way she can be as stupid as I think she is.

  16. 4 out of 5

    amy

    wow i almost forgot how much i hated taryn thanks for reminding me @holly black ily bad bitch 💅🏻💋💓💘 3.5 'idk how to rate novellas' stars i mean, part of me really wishes mrs. black would've spent her time and energy on the wicked king instead of writing a kinda unnecessary companion novel, but hey, i'll take what i can get! this novella only proved what we all already knew: taryn is a dumb bitch. i think holly black just wanted to erase every last shred of doubt that we still had about taryn's lo wow i almost forgot how much i hated taryn thanks for reminding me @holly black ily bad bitch 💅🏻💋💓💘 3.5 'idk how to rate novellas' stars i mean, part of me really wishes mrs. black would've spent her time and energy on the wicked king instead of writing a kinda unnecessary companion novel, but hey, i'll take what i can get! this novella only proved what we all already knew: taryn is a dumb bitch. i think holly black just wanted to erase every last shred of doubt that we still had about taryn's lousy character, sat down, and wrote this novella. because even though this is supposed to be an 'apology' from taryn to jude, none of her actions are actually justified. as i stated above: the bitch is still doing her dumb bitch thing. i mean, ffs, even cardan - CARDAN - called her awful. i rest my case. even though i don't think this was a necessary addition to the series, i still enjoyed holly black's writing a lot, and i'm very excited for what else she has in store for us. the wicked king can't come soon enough. "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." • spontaneous buddy read with may and gia

  17. 5 out of 5

    Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)

    "Be bold. Be bold. But not too bold." Interesting. I still think Taryn is awful, but she kind of knows that. I guess that's what's engaging about these characters - they're not aspiring to be good people. They want and they take. They're selfish and cruel, and they go to great extents to get their wishes. Even if both Jude and Taryn are humans, they learned the ways of Faerie too well.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    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. This was so good. Written as a letter from Taryn to Jude explaining her side of The Cruel Prince. I still hate Taryn but I loved seeing a bit more into what went on with Locke.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Brigid

    1) The Cruel Prince ★★★★✰ “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.” Holly Black didn’t write the Disney tales you grew up, that much is certain. Despite how I wasn’t a huge fan of The Cruel Prince, I can in no way, overlook the sheer beauty of Black’s writing and world building. Her stories aren’t packed with sugar and glazed with icing. No, they’re wine that’s been laced with poison. Invigorating at f 1) The Cruel Prince ★★★★✰ “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.” Holly Black didn’t write the Disney tales you grew up, that much is certain. Despite how I wasn’t a huge fan of The Cruel Prince, I can in no way, overlook the sheer beauty of Black’s writing and world building. Her stories aren’t packed with sugar and glazed with icing. No, they’re wine that’s been laced with poison. Invigorating at first, but before you realize it, Black has hold of you, and is dragging you under the wings of her story. Her poise is beautifully poetic in a haunting way, and I swear, I must've highlighted half this book. I absolutely love the raw and emotionally honesty that’s weaved into the pages of this short companion novella. It isn’t a redemption arc. It’s merely a glance into Taryn’s mind, and an explanation for why she did what she did. The prickly thorns of jealousy and regret. Written as an apology letter of sorts to Jude, only adds to the atmosphere, and helps the reader better envision and understand Taryn’s point-of-view. I don’t believe it was Black’s intention at all to spin this story in a way that painted Taryn in a better light. She isn’t a hero. She’s selfish and allows her foolish desires to cloud her better judgement, all the while hurting those she loves. I don’t by any means, believe her actions are righteous, but I did appreciate the way she laid her heart on the table, hoping for a small shred of forgiveness from her sister. Locke is the villain this fairy tale deserves. Happily Ever Afters are a foreign concept and regarded as the whimseys of childhood in this story, and I couldn’t agree more. I didn’t read these books, expecting Prince Charming to kiss Snow White and run away with her to a glimmering palace. I sat down, grabbed the popcorn, and eagerly anticipated the poison apple and deceit simmering beneath the surface, begging to arise. This novel only reinforced my previous opinion that Locke is a heinous, self-manipulative character who plays people as if they were pawns in a game. Although I am quite the fan of morally ambiguous villains with sympathetic backstories, I couldn’t help but revel in Locke’s merciless nature. He’s a Fae. He’s born from the bitter seed of schemes and lies. Should I have expected anything else from him? Strangely enough, I might have enjoyed this short story, more than The Cruel Prince. While I imagine you could easily enjoy The Wicked King without having read this one, I would recommend it since it’s a lovely, detailed account of the reasons why Taryn behaved as she did in the first novel. It doesn’t restore my faith in her character, but perhaps, her blatant honesty is better than any redemption could’ve been. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This was a short novella from the perspective of Taryn set during the events of “The Cruel Prince” that shed some light on her actions with regard to Locke. Man, this just reminds me how deceptive and cruel the Faerie can be in this particular world. Well-written and heart-breaking. And now I need “The Wicked King”! Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sh3lly (grumpybookgrrrl.com)

    The Cruel Prince: ★★★★★ This was good! Although I do understand Taryn better now, I still don't like her. However, her actions are believable. Some young women/young adults are motivated by romance and status and appearances, etc. Not every female in a fantasy story has to use swords and wear pants. I personally find those characters more interesting, but it's nice to have a contrast. I hate Locke. Hate him. He is despicable. A user, abuser, annoying, deceiver. While he does admit he is basically The Cruel Prince: ★★★★★ This was good! Although I do understand Taryn better now, I still don't like her. However, her actions are believable. Some young women/young adults are motivated by romance and status and appearances, etc. Not every female in a fantasy story has to use swords and wear pants. I personally find those characters more interesting, but it's nice to have a contrast. I hate Locke. Hate him. He is despicable. A user, abuser, annoying, deceiver. While he does admit he is basically a scoundrel, it doesn't sit on my palate any better. This is essentially a re-telling of scenes we have already read from Taryn's POV, but there are a couple new scenes we didn't see. Taryn comes off as semi-apologetic. She does love Jude, but she also loves the idea of her being married to a Fae and living in splendor and safe. In that regard, they are similar. They both want to be safe and have a respectable place in Faery.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Bilgram

    “I can show you a version of yourself, Taryn. One you’ve never imagined. 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.” Please let it be known I do not want to read another book if it isn’t part of the Folk of the Air series. Have you ever fallen so completely and utterly in love with a story you find yourself unable to focus on anything else? That all you want to do is shout at st “I can show you a version of yourself, Taryn. One you’ve never imagined. 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.” Please let it be known I do not want to read another book if it isn’t part of the Folk of the Air series. Have you ever fallen so completely and utterly in love with a story you find yourself unable to focus on anything else? That all you want to do is shout at strangers about how life changing it is and you feel like you will burst because no words or actions can capture how ardently you love this story and how you are a different person having read it? That’s me with The Folk of the Air books, and more specifically, The Lost Sisters. Connecting the gap between The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, The Lost Sisters is an e-novella told in a letter from Taryn to Jude chronicling her love affair with Locke while revealing some secrets more delicious than faerie fruit. I was nervous, to say the least. I didn’t like Taryn, nor did I really want to. Going into this story, I was ready to unsheathe my own sword and defend Jude’s honor. The last thing I’d expected was to be completely sucked into the story, crying nine pages in (over Taryn of all people!), and finding myself sympathizing and rooting for her. “You were bold and daring and breathtakingly stupid. Be bold, be bold, but not too bold, lest that your heart’s blood should run cold.” Told in a letter to Jude, it’d be too easy to say The Lost Sisters is Taryn’s defense. It’s so much more than that—it’s an apology, a love story, a tragedy, a story of a mortal girl trapped in a fairytale-nightmare trying to control her own story and have a semblance of power. Taryn’s narrative has a way of doing what Taryn does best: holding up a mirror to Jude. Except this time the reader has access to that mirror and we are confronted with a very uncomfortable question: why do we love Jude, but hate Taryn who has the same motivations, desires, fears, and ambitions as her, and truly believes she is doing what she thinks to be best? “I never thought it would come to anything bad for anyone but me.” With a narrator as unreliable as Jude and with a story that delves so deeply into family dynamics, The Lost Sisters is necessary and completely changed my perception of Jude and Taryn’s relationship. After having read, I’m left with a much deeper appreciation of Jude and Taryn, their positions in Faerie, how they view one another in this land of monsters, and how much they ultimately love each other. Jude makes us believe Taryn is fine wherever she goes and that she’s adaptable, but Taryn is not fine, she’s arguably even more not fine than Jude is—something The Lost Sisters finally allows us to understand. I don’t necessarily agree with what Taryn did, but I get it, and after learning everything that led her to that point, I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same thing in her situation. Taryn might be one of the most complex and compelling characters I’ve ever encountered—her narrative was gripping and entirely un-put-downable. Locke famously tells Jude she is a story and he wants to see what she will do, but Taryn is a story too, and I want to be part of the unfolding of her tale. Be sure to pre-order The Lost Sisters (available OCTOBER 2) if you haven't already (https://www.thenovl.com/cruelprince), because this story is so completely entrancing and important to The Folk of the Air series!!! I've never been so grateful and in love with a novella before. Thank you so much Novl and Little Brown Books for Young Readers for an early copy in exchange for an honest review<3 All quotes are taken from an early copy and are subject to change upon publication. “’How does it feel?’ he asked. ‘To be stuck in a fairy tale?’”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Taryn dear, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you the absolute worst, you spineless little worm. You’re selfish, whiny, weak and desperately need to grow a backbone. I hope Jude cuts you in half. So yeah, Taryn’s a bitch. I guess we all knew that but I’m surprised how she actually made me hate her even more in this novella than I already did. I could feel my resentment towards her growing with every page I turned. This was quite interesting to read even though it didn’t really provide any new i Taryn dear, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you the absolute worst, you spineless little worm. You’re selfish, whiny, weak and desperately need to grow a backbone. I hope Jude cuts you in half. So yeah, Taryn’s a bitch. I guess we all knew that but I’m surprised how she actually made me hate her even more in this novella than I already did. I could feel my resentment towards her growing with every page I turned. This was quite interesting to read even though it didn’t really provide any new information.

  24. 5 out of 5

    • Lindsey Dahling •

    JUSTIFY YOUR ACTIONS HOWEVER YOU WANT, TARYN—YOU’RE STILL A DICK.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Azrah

    I was afraid that this short story would make me feel sorry for Taryn. IT DID NOT. I hate her even more now. ______ Pre-Read Thoughts A short story about Taryn?? Whyyyy 😲. Ugggh no. I don't want to feel sorry for her. ______ My review for: The Folk of the Air book #1 : Cruel Prince The Folk of the Air book #2: The Wicked King

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samhita Peechara {Multi Dreamer}⚔

    This novella was actually pretty good. The only reason I'm rating it less than I normally would have was because of Taryn. Not my most favourite character in the series so far but there's always room for improvement. I'm so excited to read the wicked King!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    Taryn and Jude seem to be more alike in this story than I'd previously thought. Essentially, they just want to matter, regardless of how much becoming important would cost them. Different tools, same goals. Let's see if they are able to outplay the Faeries. Locke is total garbage, but I have to give it to him, he knows how to play this game and to stir high drama along the way. I liked it, but the story is too short to warrant anything more than 3 stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sunny ✨wordslikefury✨

    Dear Taryn, You don't deserve Jude's forgiveness. You don't get to be forgiven by providing half assed apologies and unreasonable explanations. You can't gain forgiveness by providing excuses on top of excuses. You gain it by changing your actions in ways that benefit the person you did wrong. The prejudice and unjust treatment you have received for being human is very unfair. Unfortunately, your venture to "just make your way through life" is not, and will never be, a good reason for you to beha Dear Taryn, You don't deserve Jude's forgiveness. You don't get to be forgiven by providing half assed apologies and unreasonable explanations. You can't gain forgiveness by providing excuses on top of excuses. You gain it by changing your actions in ways that benefit the person you did wrong. The prejudice and unjust treatment you have received for being human is very unfair. Unfortunately, your venture to "just make your way through life" is not, and will never be, a good reason for you to behave the way you did towards your own kin. The discrimination you faced on the daily was no reason for you to betray your own sister. Because you see, your sister is in the same predicament you find yourself in every day. Your sister also receives the same unjust treatment you find yourself in. Now, not only did you make things better for yourself, but you managed to do it by making it worse for someone who didn't need more shit piled on top of them. You did the wrong person wrong sis. Sincerely, Not your fan. fan art by phantomrin This short novella is basically a letter from Taryn addressed to Jude. And much like The Cruel Prince, I was angry throughout most of this book. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it nonetheless. The blurb states this as a "half-apology and half-explanation" of Taryn's actions in book 1. Unfortunately, I only saw this as a half-assed apology. Taryn, much like Jude, is a victim of the cruelty they endured in the face of the Fae. And while I understand that she was only trying to make the best of what she was given, she didn't have to do it at the expense of her own sister. Her sadness and anger at the life she was given is 100% warranted. But she focused it all on the wrong person. I was begging for her to see through Locke's charade. But all her attention was on finally being "seen" by a Fae and that seemed to be enough. This very short novella was really helpful in understanding Taryn's actions. I liked being in her head because during The Cruel Prince, we only saw everything through Jude's eyes. I was still confused as to why Taryn did what she did. But in The Lost Sisters, we read through Taryn's thoughts. She's angry, she's guilty, and she's sad. To be honest, she goes through every emotion. And while she does feel very guilty about what she did to Jude, at the end of day, it wasn't enough guilt for her to realize who she should put first. If you enjoyed the first book, then I recommend reading this. Even if you're not interested in Taryn and her bullshit excuses, I'd still say it's very helpful and provides great insight into her head. Plus, it is extremely short. I finished this in about a little over 30 minutes. P.S. I hope Locke dies a very painful and horrible death. And if Taryn somehow redeems herself by the end of the series, I hope she's the one that does it. If not, then I hope it's Jude.

  29. 4 out of 5

    The Girl Murdered by Her TBR

    “And you’re going to forgive me. You have to. You’re my sister, my twin. You’ve got to understand. If I just explain it right, I know you’re going to understand.” UHM OKAY... I've decided that this wasn't necessary. Why? Oh, because it made me hate Taryn more than I already do. Seriously, I hate her guts. She became a lovesick fool. The worst part of her obsession with Locke is she doesn't really know if the feeling is mutual, if her so-called love is even real. Also, Locke, that fox-like dude i “And you’re going to forgive me. You have to. You’re my sister, my twin. You’ve got to understand. If I just explain it right, I know you’re going to understand.” UHM OKAY... I've decided that this wasn't necessary. Why? Oh, because it made me hate Taryn more than I already do. Seriously, I hate her guts. She became a lovesick fool. The worst part of her obsession with Locke is she doesn't really know if the feeling is mutual, if her so-called love is even real. Also, Locke, that fox-like dude is an asshole. Period. The only thing that I liked about this book is there were scenes in it that weren't included in the Cruel Prince. And it is only 50 pages. Thank God for that.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eryn

    I liked hearing Taryn's side, but I still don't agree with what she did to Jude. 😅

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