So, I need another book. A spin off. Something. Because these characters, this world – it’s so good. It’s honestly probably one of my favorite series of hers.
Also, it feels like it was left open ended – just a bit – so I’m wondering if there’s a spin off, or like, next generation thing in the works. Basically, all her other OG series are getting spin offs, so pretty please?
I’m going to do mini reviews for each book specifically, but overall, I enjoyed these novellas. I clearly didn’t read a synopsis because when I started The Prince I had no idea that Brighton was the main character – I really need to start reading synopses more. I’m not complaining because I love Brighton, I just expected to start reading about Ivy and Ren and that didn’t happen.
And I know that Jen is often pretty rough on her characters, they go through so much shit and then come out stronger, but omfg. Poor Brighton.
I’m really hoping there’s another book, or another trilogy or something, because things still feel unresolved. Also, I would have totally read the crap out of these novellas had they been full books – I think they could have easily been full length books. They’re just as addicting as any other JLA book and as steamy.
The Prince (A Wicked Trilogy #3.5)
Jennifer L. Armentrout
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….
So, Brighton is a bad ass. Hands down. When everything is taken from her, she starts taking back. She dons a disguise and then wham! While I was looking forward to reading more from Ivy’s POV, I loved that she and Ren were still actively in the book. I loved Brighton’s relationship with Tink and he’s still my favorite character. Like, hands down. Brighton is very much a take no shit character, she’s seen too much and been through too much to just sit aside and let others fight her battles. In a lot of ways, she’s a bigger badass than Ivy.
I also loved the relationship between her and the Prince – JLA seriously gets chemistry right every time. It’s snarky, heated and full of so much sarcasm and sass. The sexual tension is through the roof and it’s just so much fun.
This book takes place directly after the events at the end of Brave as well as a few years later. I think the pacing was good – it’s not a long book, so it’s very easy to read, but I never felt like there was a lull. I just wanted to keep reading.
The King (A Wicked Trilogy #3.6)
Jennifer L. Armentrout
As Caden and Brighton’s attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.
I definitely think this is the best book in the series. All the shit that Brighton goes through is terrible and awful and Not Good, but it shows just how strong she is. The way Jen wrote and portrayed everything Brighton goes through makes you feel like you’re right there with her – which would be a terrible place to be. And the way Jen wrote the aftermath…it makes you feel. It’s rough and Brighton doesn’t make it out completely unscathed, but there’s justice and revenge and a shocking reveal right at the end. I should’ve seen it coming, but I didn’t.
Tink still shines in this book and he’s still my favorite. And in true JLA fashion, Caden is swoony as hell.
Man, I really wouldn’t mind a Fae Prince – I’m just putting that out into the ether.
The Queen (A Wicked Trilogy #3.7)
Jennifer L. Armentrout
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.
I need another book. Or another series. Like with Brave the story still feels incomplete. While things do come to a close, enough is left open for there to be potential other books. But also because it was left open, I feel unsatisfied.
Everything ends up very Happily Ever For Now and I love that, but I was kind of hoping for the big battle that’s legit hinted at for all the books.
Brighton and Caden’s relationship in this book is still entertaining af, but tensions are getting high, secrets kept and feelings hurt. There’s another big reveal at the end, I was wrong in my guess who was behind it all. I don’t think I would have ever pegged it to be the person it was.
All in all, this was a good conclusion where Jen worked her magic and you just absolutely fall for these characters. Tink is still the best character ever and I love him.
I highly recommend checking out the Wicked Trilogy if you haven’t yet. It’s so good. It sucks you in, keeps you entertained and JLA writes characters that are just so good that you wish they were real.