RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: REVIEW AND EXCERPT: THE PRINCE by Jennifer L. Armentrout

From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, comes THE PRINCE, a new novella in her Wicked Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights!

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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….

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My Review

I’m a huge fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s paranormal series; I would happily get lost in her Lux world despite its danger, and now that I’ve been introduced to her wickedly delicious characters in The Prince, A Wicked Trilogy novella, I’m eager to immerse myself into the New Orleans’ setting and the otherworldly characters, especially the Summer and Winter Fae, who may or may not want to take control over the human world.

I’ve read several stories that have included these beautifully mysterious and dangerous creatures, the Fae, and in each one, there have always been two sides or categories of the Fae, and Armentrout stays true to that concept with added insight about what happens when the two types of Fae become blurred and it’s difficult to tell who’s on whose side because the Fae’s facade doesn’t truly reveal who and what they are and what they want.

Readers who are familiar with the series and the Prince’s actions during Ivy and Ren’s trilogy might find it difficult to trust what this new version of the Prince says and does, but it’s clear that his guilt and his need for vengeance drive him, even when he’s drawn to Brighton and she interferes with his game plan by hunting the beings responsible for her attack and her mother’s death. Through Brighton’s perspective, Armentrout allows readers to get to know the Prince/Caden and while his endgame isn’t clear, we must acknowledge that there’s something igniting between Caden and Brighton; he sees the real her…he wants the real her, and while that’s an added complication for Caden, he can’t fully tamper his desire even though his future appears to already be planned.

While I’m definitely intrigued by the Prince’s words and actions, Brighton’s transformation, her need to avenge her mother’s death, and her struggle to determine who she truly is, is what drove my reading, and Caden definitely has a hand in her figuring out the true Brighton and making her more visible than she ever thought she would be, she’s the only one who can decide why her life was spared and what that means for her future in the Order and in the fight against the Fae & their Ancients.

Even though The Prince was my first read of this series, I didn’t feel lost in its events or characters; each novella in the 1001 Dark Nights collection is meant to garner new readers, which means that the story can be read as a standalone with the hope that readers will then want to read other books from each specific author and series. The Prince is the perfect introduction into Armentrout’s Wicked world, and I’ll definitely be reentering this setting!

4.5 Poison Apples

Excerpt

Did it make you a bad friend if you were completely, a hundred percent envious of that friend? Yes? No? Kind of?

I figured it was somewhere in between.

That’s what I was mulling over as I watched Ivy Morgan brush thick, red curls over her shoulder, laughing at something her boyfriend Ren Owens had said to her.

At least I wasn’t envious of that—their love. Okay, well, that wasn’t entirely true. Pretty sure anyone who was as single as me would be envious of all that warm and fuzzy that was passed back and forth with each long look or casual brush of skin. The two could barely tear their gazes away from one another to eat the dinner we’d grabbed at the cute little diner inside the shopping center on Prytania Street.

I honest to God couldn’t be happier for them. They’d been through so much—way more than two people should ever have to go through to be together, and here they were, stronger and more in love than ever, and they deserved that happiness.

But their epic love story wasn’t the source of a current case of the green-eye monster that was sitting on my shoulder.

Ivy was just such a… badass.

Even right now, relaxed in the chair, surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights with her hand in Ren’s and her belly full of a cheeseburger deluxe and crinkle fries and half of my tater tots, she could kick ass and take names along with addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers.

If the proverbial poo hit the fan, you called Ivy or Ren.

If you needed to know what streets Royal intersected with, you called… me. Or if you needed coffee or fresh beignets but were currently busy, you know, saving the world, you’d call me.

The three of us were all members of the Order, a widespread organization that was literally the only thing that stood between mankind and complete, utter enslavement and destruction by the fae. And not the super cute fae found in Disney movies or some crap like that. Humans thought they were on top of the food chain. They were wrong. The fae were.

The only thing pop culture got right about the fae was their slightly pointy ears. That was it. The fae were more than just beings from another world—the Otherworld—they were capable of glamouring their appearance to blend in with humans. But all Order members, even me, were warded at birth against the glamour. We saw through the human façade to the creature that lurked beneath.

 

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 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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