December 19, 2019

#BookReview: The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air #1.5) by @HollyBlack

Synopsis: Sometimes the difference between a love story and a horror story is where the ending comes . . . 

While Jude fought for power in the Court of Elfhame against the cruel Prince Cardan, her sister Taryn began to fall in love with the trickster, Locke. 

Half-apology and half-explanation, it turns out that Taryn has some secrets of her own to reveal.

The Lost Sisters is a companion e-novella to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince by master writer Holly Black.


About the Author: Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is

Caitlin Kelly, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a seasoned voice-over artist with experience in Japan and the United States. She has a BFA in drama and studied musical theater at the Collaborative Arts Project 21, an off-Broadway theater company and musical theater training conservatory. She got started in voice-over work in 2009 while living in Japan where she toured with Disney's World of English and World Family Club as a performer and a puppeteer.

Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: This little novella was wonderful!! We got to see what Taryn was all about during the events of The Cruel Prince and how she really felt.  This gave the reader just a little more background and in-depth look at another character in this story.  I think that those who enjoyed the first book should totally check this one out!! 

Caitlin Kelly captures the capriciousness and cruelty of the Fae, along with their sweet tones and charming but deadly personalities. Her Jude is both strong and vulnerable, and Kelly portrays her changing emotions well. Black's dark Faerie tale world draws listeners in and definitely leaves them wanting more.
-- "School Library Journal (starred audio review)"

Surprises abound in this capricious tale, which shifts and changes just when readers think they have gained their footing on the complicated details and emotions that enliven Black's faerie world..[A] fierce and dazzling first in the Folk of the Air series
-- "RT Book Reviews (4 stars)"

This splendidly wicked and richly created story is one you won't want to miss.
-- "BuzzFeed"

Spins a tale of court intrigue, bloodshed, and a truly messed-up relationship...This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high-school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life.
-- "Kirkus Reviews"

This story reveals greater depth and detail of Faerie than ever before. Black's characters are no longer playing the game without knowing the consequences...Black unfolds this sweeping, twisting narrative with the fine-tuned understanding of someone who's spent nearly her whole life poking around the depths of Faerie.
-- "BookPage"

Black is a master at world-building...Jude, who possesses just enough badness that you really root for her...will have fans eager to follow her. Good thing the book kicks off a trilogy.
-- "New York Times"

Narrator Caitlin Kelly perfectly crafts the fierce and determined voice of seventeen-year-old Jude...[and] smoothly transitions from one character to the next, creating energized dialogue that reflects the drama of the story. Listeners will be enchanted by Jude and her fantastical world of fast-paced adventure, political intrigue, and a hint of romance.
-- "AudioFile"

Black is well known for writing dark fairy-tale novels, but this is her darkest to date. Blood splatters every page with bullying, attempted and actual murders, political betrayal, and revolt.
-- "BookRiot"

Heart-in-throat action, deadly romance, double-crossing, moral complexity-this is one heck of a ride.
-- "Booklist (starred review)"

Spellbinding...Breathtaking set pieces, fully developed supporting characters, and a beguiling, tough-as-nails heroine enhance an intricate, intelligent plot that crescendos to a jaw-dropping third-act twist.
-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

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