Author: Holly Black // Published: October 2, 2018
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.
“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.”
At this point I’m in love with anything that Holly Black writes. Even though I didn’t like Taryn I still went and pre-orderd this. The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King are easily two of my favorite reads this year. The Lost Sisters is written in a letter format and it takes place during The Cruel Prince from Taryn’s point of view.
I liked that we got a glimpse into Taryn’s mind. I liked that we got to see what she was hiding from Jude (since we already know what Jude was hiding from her.) Taryn tries to explain her actions and how she felt during the events in The Cruel Prince.
I read some review of this book and most of them were saying that they felt sorry for Taryn, and changed their mind about her. Truthfully, I didn’t feel that way. It’s an apology (sort of?) but Taryn still had a lot of selfish moments. It did show us exactly what she was thinking and how she was feeling though, and it felt different.
“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.”
If there’s anything that this novella conformed it’s that Locke will forever be the biggest jerk to ever exist. He’s manipulative and tries to disguise everything as love, when clearly, it’s abuse. In a way I can’t blame Taryn for wanting to fit in. It still does piss me off how easy she fell for it though. Considering the fact that her sister always defends her, and this is what she ends up doing.
I really did enjoy this short story. I was expecting some shocking revelation, but we have The Wicked King for that (I can assure you) I really am looking forward to seeing how everything will play out in the last book. There’s no way Holly Black will leave our hearts intact.
About The Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.