The Lost Sisters

The Lost Sisters

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...

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  • Alana • thebookishchick

    Honestly, I was just expecting this to be something to placate us from having to wait another three months for 

    , 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 

    ). But it was actually interesting to watch some really important parts of 

    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 

    , 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 

    ). But it was actually interesting to watch some really important parts of 

    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

    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

    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.

    All in all, I was really shocked by how good of a novella this was. And now that I'm officially done with

    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 😉.

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  • Melanie

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    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

    more, it also made me emotional because of all the foreshadowing for

    . 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.

    allows you to see small glimpses into important scenes of

    , 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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    .

    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.

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    for murder, death, self-harm, bullying, and grey area cheating.

  • Mari

    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.

  • Emily May

    Ah, I only wish this was longer!

    is a tiny story and even tinier than it first appears because the last ten or so pages is an extract from

    . 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

    Ah, I only wish this was longer!

    is a tiny story and even tinier than it first appears because the last ten or so pages is an extract from

    . 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.

    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

    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??

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  • Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)

    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

    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

    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!

    (4 stars for Cardan for being the only woke person in this entire book)

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Can I just start by saying how surprised I am at how vital this itty bitty story is to the overall arc of

    ? 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

    Can I just start by saying how surprised I am at how vital this itty bitty story is to the overall arc of

    ? 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

    , where before I was apathetic and resigned to continuing on just to see what happens.

  • chandler ainsley ❁

    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

    i think i would have preferred this more if she

    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

    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

    i think i would have preferred this more if she

    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.

  • Gaia

    : i can't believe i'm gonna read a novella about the characters i dislike the most

    : you don't have to...

    : 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

    : i can't believe i'm gonna read a novella about the characters i dislike the most

    : you don't have to...

    : 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

    now please???

  • 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

    . 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.

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