Aug 18, 2018

BLOG TOUR: ARC Review--The Prince by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hello! Welcome to my stop on The Prince Blog Tour! This is the latest installment of Jennifer L. Armentrout's Wicked Trilogy, which hopefully is a trilogy no longer with this added installment! Below you will find my review in which I gush over the writing that is purely Jennifer and you'll find an exclusive excerpt from the novella!

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series…

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for…. 

I received this ARC from Inkslinger to be apart of the upcoming blog tour. My review is completely honest and voluntary and I was in no way compensated for this review.

Jennifer L. Armentrout's Wicked trilogy isn't over, which I am extremely happy to see! The Prince, a part of the 1001 Dark Nights series that introduces new readers to a plethora of authors is a continuation of the story, but with new characters. So if you haven't read that series and plan to, just note there will be spoilers here. It's unavoidable sadly!

Life after the Queen had been sent back to the Otherworld is only starting to get back to normal, and more than anything Brighton is hoping that since there's now a lack of Order members, it'll mean that her training will pick back up again and she can become a full member like her friends, Ivy and Ren. But then one night, tragedy strikes, when Brighton was walking home with her ill mother, they were attacked by fae who were exacting revenge for what happened to the Winter Queen. 

Fast forward two years later, we find Bri on a mission to hunt down the five fae, including one Ancient, who attacked her and her mother. She won't rest until they are dead and it's during such event that she runs into the Prince. The Prince who had been under the Winter Queen's spell and had caused so much pain and destruction. It seems he's on his own mission that collides with Bri's.

Oh wow. Just wow. The Prince was a complicated character. We pretty much loathed the guy for a good part of the series and then it comes out that he had been under a spell the whole time! And now, he's back to his regular Summer Prince self who doesn't want to harm humans. I can understand why Bri and even Ivy would struggle to trust him. It's a difficult situation to be sure, and this book kind of lets us see another side of him through Bri's eyes. The Prince really isn't a bad guy, he was just forced to be.

Bri has been given another mission by Tanner who runs Hotel Good Fae, several of their young ones (teenagers) are missing and Bri steps in to help find them. There's something seriously bad going on within the fae community here. Something that will lead to disastrous results...and I am dying to know what that is!

It wouldn't be a JLA novel without a little romance and naturally, we start to see something building between Bri and the Prince. I liked how gradual of a thing it was. Bri wasn't really interested in a relationship forming, it just slowly, ever so slowly started to form. And if you've ever read any book by Jennifer, you know how incredibly amazing her romances are! 

The ending to this one killed me! I was reading along, all happily like and thought wow, that chapter ended with a rather dicey cliffhanger and you can imagine what happened next! Yup, the clicking became erratic and it led to the end of the book. As in there were no more words after that bombshell of an ending! I am really, realllllly hoping this means that Jennifer plans to write another book or two or three in this world! There was a lot going on and then suddenly the ending just pops up! I half wondered if I was truly missing some of the book, but yeah, no. The chapters matched up with the table of contents. There was no missing pages, yet I am dying for more to this story! As I said, I hope it means Jennifer is planning something. 

The Prince was the most amazing novella ever! I love getting to know other characters that we see in a previous series. The pacing to this one was pretty spot on, I read it all in one day amidst a crazy day. I couldn't put it down, nor did I want to! Every JLA book is unputdownable! I highly recommend reading this one if you've finished the Wicked trilogy to date! This is an incredible addition to the series that I truly hope leads to more!!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

The Excerpt:

I opened my eyes, but I didn’t see the sun. I saw a form… a shape of a man. The features blurred, but I knew the man. It was him.

The Prince….

But that also didn’t make sense. None of this made sense. Confusion crept into the fuzz crowding my thoughts. Something was off. I tried to lift my hand, but my arm felt like it was weighted down. Something was wrong, very badly wrong, and I needed to remember—


The desire to slip away hit me hard and fast, obliterating the confusion and consciousness, and I slept. I slept for what felt like years and then I heard a steady beeping. It intruded on wherever I was, becoming so loud, so obnoxious to me, that I had to pay attention to it. A part of my consciousness zeroed in on the sound, clung to it, and I followed it back, tethering myself to the rhythm. With each passing second, my surroundings became clearer. Footsteps. I heard footsteps. Whispers. There was the sound of hushed voices. I dragged in a deep breath, and a shock hit my system. The breath hurt. Like my chest and ribs were too tight and a simple deep breath was too much to take—


I saw her in my mind, as clear as day.

I saw her lying on her back in the darkness, her eyes wide and fixed on mine. There was nothing behind those eyes. No life. Nothing.

The beeping sound sped up.

The horrifying image of my mom faded like smoke, replaced by luminous skin and bloody smiles and taunts and…

Pools of blood. Actual pools of it. The ruby-red liquid spilled across stone, forming rivulets that ran between the spacing in the pavers. Why had there been so much blood? A vague feeling of wet warmth bubbling up my throat and choking me swept through me.

“Bri? Are you awake? Brighton?”

About the Author:

# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. 


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