The Prince: A Wicked Novella by Jennifer L. Armentrout [ARC REVIEW]
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts
Publication Date: August 14th, 2018
From #1 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….
Oh my fae stars.
When I heard that we were getting more from the Wicked series, I literally danced around my room; and man did Jennifer come through with this one! I was entranced from the very first page.
The novella follows the story of Brighton and her life after the ending of Brave, where things haven’t turned out all hunky-dory for our new leading lady. After tragedy strikes Brighton and the rest of the Order, a vow of vengeance is made and thus the novella begins. We get glimpses of all of our beloved characters like Ivy, Ren and of course–Tink, and even get introduced to some new ones as well.
I found myself relating to Brighton in so many more ways than I did when I saw her in the past three books. This novella brought her to life for me, because she didn’t begin as this ultimate badass who knew exactly what she was doing and when she was doing it, but rather she fought to become the badass she is now, and she refused to let anyone stand in her way–even Caden.
Ugh–Caden and Brighton’s chemistry had me swooning and smiling like a goofball throughout. I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH! They are almost like fire and ice but somehow they work together and just…mesh. However, the novella did leave a lot of questions unanswered in regards to their relationship–which would have drove me through the roof, except news was released that a continuation novella will be releasing next year that will continue Brighton and Caden’s story.
Like all novellas for me, I was left wanting more. More Brighton, more Caden, more badassery, more of the world and just more…everything. I absolutely found this novella stunning and beautifully pieced together. It left me satisfied and yearning for the next all at the same time. Jennifer honestly outdid herself with this installment of the Wicked world and I’m not mad at all about it.
If you are thinking about jumping into the Wicked series, I highly encourage you too! Honestly, it is a ride I have not once regretted getting on. You’ll swoon, you’ll giggle, and you will really wish you had some beignets.
If you would like to know more about this novella, keep scrolling to catch an excerpt of The Prince as well as the book trailer!
– EXCERPT AND TRAILER-
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.
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.