Monday, July 13, 2020

The Queen by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ Review

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next installment in her Wicked series.
The King must have his Queen....

Bestowed the forbidden Summer’s Kiss by the King of the Summer fae, Brighton Jussier is no longer just human. What she is, what she will become, no one knows for sure, but that isn’t her biggest concern at the moment. Now Caden, the King, refuses to let her go, even at the cost of his Court. When the doorway to the Otherworld is breached, both Brighton and Caden must do the unthinkable—not just to survive themselves, but also to save mankind from the evil that threatens the world.

This novella picks up right where The King left off.  Literally with Brighton's reaction to her medical condition after her unpleasant visit with Aric.  Yeah, I was glad to see that ancient go in the last book.

I have felt all along that these novella should have just been one book.  This story reads like the ending of a book completely.  The climax was hit in the last novella and now we have a lot of clean-up to do.  Add to that some withholding of information and a threat that still needs to be flushed out and you have this book.  Not that I was unhappy about it, at all.  I loved all the time that was spent working on Caden and Brighton's relationship.  They needed to have an in-depth conversation which kept being put off.  Bunches of messes that kept dumping on them later and there was finally resolution.  And I thoroughly enjoyed the time with them.

Caden is just about perfect.  He chose Brighton.  And he loves her so much.  He is just adorable.  I never ever thought I would love Caden at the end of the Wicked series.  Like never!  But I fell hard and now total team Caden.  

Brighton went through a lot of growth through this mini series of novellas.  She's lived through a lot in her short life.  But I was proud of her the whole way.  I wasn't happy about a certain secret she kept from the King but I understood her reason.  I was also not happy with something that did not come spilling out of Caden's mouth as soon as they were alone.  Yeah, they both had sharing issues.  

Reading this book was just so enjoyable.  I could see where things were going but I just was so happy they were going there.  There was one big shock that shall remain nameless but this journey was so entertaining.  Lots of Tink time.  Lots of "awww" comments from Caden.  Lots of "tell them" moments from me.  Yeah, I just enjoyed it.

This one wraps up the novella series but leaves things open for more stories should the author decide to go on with the world of the Fae hanging out in New Orleans.  Since I have enjoyed everything about this series, I'm fine if she decides to give us more stories from this world.  Never say never.

Make time to read it!


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