The Wicked King

You Must Be Strong Enough To Strike And Strike And Strike Again Without Tiring.The First Lesson Is To Make Yourself Strong.After The Jaw Dropping Revelation That Oak Is The Heir To Faerie, Jude Must Keep Her Younger Brother Safe To Do So, She Has Bound The Wicked King, Cardan, To Her, And Made Herself The Power Behind The Throne Navigating The Constantly Shifting Political Alliances Of Faerie Would Be Difficult Enough If Cardan Were Easy To Control But He Does Everything In His Power To Humiliate And Undermine Her Even As His Fascination With Her Remains Undiminished.When It Becomes All Too Clear That Someone Close To Jude Means To Betray Her, Threatening Her Own Life And The Lives Of Everyone She Loves, Jude Must Uncover The Traitor And Fight Her Own Complicated Feelings For Cardan To Maintain Control As A Mortal In A Faerie World.The Wicked King

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles with Tony DiTerlizzi , The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series with Cassandra Clare , The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in

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  • 336 pages
  • The Wicked King
  • Holly Black
  • English
  • 13 July 2018
  • 9780316310338

10 thoughts on “The Wicked King

  1. says:

    Dear Holly Black,First of all, how dare you Second of all, you are NOT supposed to go around stabbing people in the heart That is illegal This is illegal Please stop writing illegal stuff.This book has made a great mess of my life I keep thinking back to when I first read The Cruel Prince and how I was completely unaware of just how much this story would mean to me My tiny human body isn t even big enough to hold all the love that s inside I could fit a five bedroom house with a conservatory and a parking space in my heart, you can t even fathom this much love In fact, it s now safe to assume that no matter what is happening at any given moment in time, the background noise going on in my heart is always love and appreciation for these books So what is this book about His mouth curls into a smile His eyes shine with wicked intent Look at them all, your subjects A shame not a one knows who their true ruler is The veins of power are not, as the Faerieland of Elfham thinks, radiating out from the beating heart of their new High King They are radiating out from his mortal seneschal every thread of power and authority would start and end with Jude Duarte.Pulled under in a too familiar poison current of enemies and allies of the former than the latter , Jude can t afford to betray the slightest amount of weakness or fear She must once again fight the battle of manners and politics and crowns that had traded blood splattered hands quite often She must learn to navigate the machinations of the court, the calculated plays for power and the truth of where thrones are won and lost in the favors traded for power, in the gossip and the letters passed in dark corners, in the secret payments and the shadow alliances.But with each day bringing her closer to the end of the deal she struck with Cardan where he vowed to act in accordance to her will for one year and a day and not one minute a miasma of anxious fear hovers over everything as Jude begins to feel these new threads to the throne snap one by one, threatening to undo all her plans like a knot And seeing as she and the High King are often at odds with each other, enemies as frequently as they are allies, Jude is left, as always, with her only thread of power herself Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to I don t think there s any combination of words that could accurately convey just how good this book is With a stage magician s flair for misdirection, Holly Black weaves a captivating spell with languorously descriptive writing the atmosphere was so vividly imagined I felt like moss would just start appearing around me, and branches would just grow from any surface I looked at breathtaking set pieces, engaging characters, and a gratifying emotional hook that will keep the pages whirring, ending this second installment with a spinning sense of history repeating itself and a cliffhanger that you might anticipate but only as a vague fear that might not come true if you didn t think about it too hard The end will seem less of a synonym for ending than it will be for beginning as the characters learn the hard way just how slippery and illusory power is THE CHARACTERS JUDE DUARTE First of all, either you love Jude Duarte with all your heart or you get out of my car and walk home Every time someone hates on Jude, my love for her only grows stronger I can t prove this with science but when I was born, Sappho s spirit must have gently floated into my room and softly bopped my nose and that s why I am so gay for Jude.I am so fascinated by her character I love her capacity for holding contradictory feelings in balance, for complexly alloyed affections, for stubborn bravery that seems of a result of chaining her fears and not unhooking their leashes just yet, for bottomless generosity of heart with undertones of naked lust for power and petty, capricious malice Jude is full of so many wants, too many to prioritize, and so sometimes, they all feel desperate She is a wolf learning the patterns of much bigger wolves She survived on the jagged edge of a cruel childhood She let the fear act as a fuse to light her anger She fought to claim the home that did not deign to claim her She navigated an enemy court and made it her own She secured her path to pure unfettered power when she should have been a captive There s just such a flow and power to her that is so arresting to read about and I love it CARDAN GREENBRIAR Can you believe that Cardan exists and the only reason I too exist is to love him If Cardan were real and alive in the 16th century, he would probably have been the muse of at least twenty different artists who would all fight for the right to paint and sculpt him because he s just that iconic.To put it simply this book is just about a bunch of people having the worst day of their livesand then there s Cardan, who is having the best day because of his tenacious commitment to be a layabout on a throne for which he sees none of the real work and all of the benefit He spends most of his time lounging carelessly on his throne, his crown standing at an insouciant angle on his messy hair, a cold smile on his face and a glass of wine in his hand, essentially looking like a dreamy renaissance painting every day And so, the important question remains Siri, how do I infiltrate a fictional character s heart and make him fall in love with me Look, I have a huge weakness for morally questionable characters who only seem like huge dicks because they have the social skills of an agoraphobic lobster, and not much pierces my heart right into my vulnerability like seeing these same characters emotionally flayed, with their skins off, exposing their fragmented, contradictory self to the reader.Cardan has spent most of his life being a soldier in a war where the enemy was everyone else He d had one secret and he d kept it in a portion of his heart that no one had access to that he was not truly loved and that it made him cruel And when the delusion that he could earn his family s love by serving them wore out, and his passion dulled by the long, heavy wear of time and disappointment, the last of the armor he imagined his cruelty has given him had been stripped away and what remained was the undiluted, unedited and uncensored version of him I can still hear the unmistakable sound of my heart breaking because I love this idiot so much and despite the things he s done, I just want him to be so happy that it outweighs all the sadness he s ever felt self insert au fic where I adopt Cardan and raise him with the love and care he s always deserved CARDAN AND JUDE JURDAN Our eyes meet, and something dangerous sparks.He hates you, I remind myself Kiss me again, he says, drunk and foolish Kiss me until I am sick of it I said this before and I ll say it again Holly Black has done for love with Jude Cardan than Nicholas Sparks ever did I have a dozen hearts swirling around my head for them and that isn t a filter, it s permanent.I think the crux of this book was the emotional honesty between Jude and Cardan, as they begin to realize that if they want the reward of being truly trusted, they must give in to the mortifying ordeal of being known There are so many giant set pieces in this story, but nothing really propelled them along than the authentic moments that happened between them They know they re closer than they ve ever been and that becomes very integral to not just their relationship but to what happens at large for everyone in the story They re aware of how much is riding on their ability to maintain this partnership and stay on the same level and not let anyone suspect that there s daylight between them because a lot of people would not hesitate to take advantage of that Even when it was tempting for both of them to imagine how they could hurt the other, but only because it reminded them of how fiercely they could fall for each other I really can t overstate how invested I am in this series Jude and Cardan make me want to draw tiny hearts everywhere because I m so full of love for them This book was everything I wanted and and with that cliffhanger, I don t even want to think about what I m going to do with my life until the release of the next book wishlist blog twitter tumblr

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    1 The Cruel Prince 1.5 The Lost Sisters Once upon a time, there was a human girl stolen away by faeries, and because of that, she swore to destroy them Many of you might not know this but on this day many years ago, Holly Black s biggest fan was born Spoiler it s me And I figured what better way to celebrate my birthday than to finally post my review for my favorite book of the year I read this back in May, and it doesn t come out until January, but celebrating my love for this book and series on my birthday just felt right Also, I m just that extra, but The Wicked King is perfection in every way.I love so many different kinds of books fantasy, romance, young adult, new adult, adult, books with lyrical writing, books that are character driven, books with angsty relationships, books with soul crushing emotions, books that make me feel everything And I ve read a lot of books over 800 according to Goodreads But every time I pick up a Holly Black book, I feel like she wrote the book for me And I mean that, because she writes exactly the kind of books that I want to read Not just key elements or parts, she completely encompasses everything I love in literature And if I could wish one thing for everyone who reads my reviews, I d wish for you to find an author that makes you feel this way, too The Wicked King is the second installment in The Folk of the Air series, the first being my favorite book of 2017, The Cruel Prince And this book starts off five months after the heart wrenching events in book one This review is going to be spoiler free, but I will be talking about some key elements that happened in the previous book So, please do not read this review if you do not wish to be somewhat spoiled for The Cruel Prince I want to tell you so many lies The most breathtaking fanart by Loweana Okay, so basically a brief summary is that Jude is alone with the new High King of Faerie Madoc and her parted on bad terms, Oak is in hiding with Vivi, Taryn is to be married to Locke, Balekin is locked up, and Cardan is clutches pearls forever the new king Yet, he must listen to everything Jude says because of a trick she played on him, but all of us know how quickly a year can pass and things can change Especially since the Queen of the Undersea, Orlagh, is thinking about breaking the treaty with the fae folk on land, since she isn t too sure about the new ruler And she plans to use her daughter, Nicasia, any way that she can to help secure her place of power in the fae realm And all the courts are coming together to see if Cardan really can lead and protect them Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to And everyone is plotting in this book, I swear The phrase twists and turns doesn t even begin to describe the events that happen in this book The political intrigue is so strong in this book You won t know who or what to believe, and you surely won t know who to trust And all these storylines come together to create something so beautiful This book was a wild ride from page one to the very last page Actually, especially the very last page And I know everyone has already made a very big deal about the end of this book, and they aren t wrong You all thought The Cruel Prince cliffhanger was bad Oh, sweet summer children And, obviously, I won t spoil anything, but there are so many different ways to interpret what happened I m going to be vague, but when you love someone or something, you will protect it at all costs Also, the juxtaposition from book one to book two Probably the best thing I ve ever read in my entire life Okay, I m going to do a little break down for some of the characters in this book You know, just so I can gush, fangirl, and truly be the hot mess that this book proves that I am Also, Roiben plays a huge role in this story, which was such a wonderful surprise and I really wanted to mention it My favorite fanart s by PhantomRin Jude Duarte My heart, my true love, my icon, my queen Jude is my favorite protagonist and I would honestly die for her Like, all I want in this life is for Jude to he happy, healthy, loved, and know that she is deserving of that love I ve wanted this and feared it, and now that it s happening, I don t know how I will ever want anything else Cardan Greenbriar And Cardan is probably my favorite character in literature There, I said it Are you happy now Also, this book has a minor scene that really led me to believe that Cardan is pan or bi and the scream I screamed upon reading I m so sorry, neighbors, if you re reading this I thought I was too old or just completely over the concept of book boyfriends until Cardan Greenbriar decided to be created Nicasia I m not even going to waste my finger strength Bitch, bye Locke Okay, say what you want, but Locke is like the greatest antagonist of all time I am not sure I ve ever loved to hate a character as much as I absolutely love to hate him I also completely believe that he s going to be the big bad of this series, eventually The half brother development is going to come into play I wish he hadn t used me to test my sister s love for him I wish she hadn t let him Taryn Duarte Friends, I have a lot of feels But I m just going to say that I want few things in life as much as I want the novella, The Lost Sisters, that comes out October 2nd, 2018 I think it s going to completely shatter everything we know about Taryn, and I m ready for it Oh, and in case I haven t gushed enough, the romance in this series is my favorite romance of all time And like, I don t say that lightly I thought in The Cruel Prince that it might have been because I just love fae stories so much But while reading The Wicked King I realized that it s just because this is the best enemies to lovers in the history of the trope I mean, sex is great and all, but have you ever shipped Jude and Cardan than any relationship you ve ever personally been in Because, same I honestly don t even know how I m functioning, let alone sitting at my desk typing this review, after reading the Queen of Mirth scene Seriously, Holly Black is a fae queen, none of us are deserving, and her words are magical You are my dearest punishment But this is also a book all about power, and the ugly things people are willing to do for it Yet, it s also about love, and all the beautiful, selfless, hopeful, hopeless, heartwarming, heartbreaking things we are willing to do for it I honestly feel like the heart of this story is about sacrifice the things we do for our family, our loved ones, and for ourselves There is a lot of good on these pages And I know this is a whimsical, magical book all about fae, but a lot of themes and messages carry over really beautifully It s easy to put your own life on the line, isn t it To make peace with danger But a strategist must sometimes risk others, even those we love I m not sure I ve ever been as happy reading a book as I ve been reading The Wicked King Also, I seriously pretty much reread this while writing this review Like, I opened my book back up to grab some quotes that I tabbed, and I seriously had to stop myself from consuming the whole entire story all over again Without a doubt in my mind, I will read this again before release It s just that much of a masterpiece, in every single sense of the word He looks at me as though we share secrets, although we don t We don t share anything Overall, this review doesn t do this book or my feelings justice I have no word combination for how much this book, this series, and this author means to me Yet, if you peak inside my heart, you might see my loved ones, coffee, video games, tattoos, Frank Ocean, and The Wicked King by Holly Black Not only is this my favorite book of 2018, it s one of my favorite things in life And Cardan and Jude honestly have the best sexual tension in existence I could read about them forever, with no pay off even, and I d just ask for Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch Content and trigger warnings for murder, death, bullying, abandonment, captivity, abuse, talk of past child abuse, and for violence in general The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. Thank you so much, Diana You will never know how much this means to me, but I promise I ll cherish this ARC forever Thank you, from the bottom of my heart and soul, thank you Reread January, 2019 This is still such a masterpiece, and I loved rereading this with Lea

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    Once upon a time, there was a human girl stolen away by faeries, and because of that, she swore to destroy them. Just a quick note I got my copy from Owl Crate this company had a wonderful monthly book subscription box along with a few special editions that I just cannot pass up This was everything I hoped it could be, and Jude, a human raised in Faerieland, spent her entire life undermined and controlled by the often cruel whims of the Faeries.She s hated and feared the creatures for years She s cowered and fled from them She s begged and bargained her way out of torture Not any. Especially considering she now controls all of Faerieland.A few months ago, Jude was horrified to learn that her younger step brother, Oak, is heir to the Faerie thrown So Jude did whatever she could to save him from an early death, and that included doing something she never dreamed possible So, I said You enjoy being my pawn He grinned lazily For now She manipulated Cardan, a faerie prince, into making an oath of fealty to her, and then tricked him onto the thrown in Oak s place.Jude has a year and a day to command the new High King as she wishes and to plot further methods to keep Oak safe.And with that power comes a safety Jude has never known And she learns that she likes it She craves it And she will do anything in her power to keep her position I ve wanted this and feared it, and now that it s happening, I don t know how I will ever want anything else But, her once simple plan seems to be fraying There are traitors all around, the sea is fighting the land, and Jude s life is threatened from every angle It seems hopeless to fight something so vast It seems ridiculous to believe we can win. The longer she holds High King under her thumb, the less she knows and the attached she grows What has changed Is he different because I have forced him to be Or is he no different at all and I am only seeing what I want to see Meanwhile, King Cardan has his own plans and schemes and he sets several in motion, and no amount of commands from Jude could possible stop them all.And among those devious plots is something decidedlynew Something for which Jude had no plots or plans against Something shocking and crazy Something utterly insane It seems I have a singular taste for women who threaten me The wicked High King seems to be changing into somethingsomething wholly different Kiss me until I am sick of it. No matter what happens, Jude must remain focused For one step, one toe out of line and she could be snuffed out in an instance Deep breath in Deep breath outOHMYGOSH HOW CAN I POSSIBLY LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT BOOK THREE IN MY HANDS RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT Those of you who have read it, am I right or am I right Those of you who haven t read it, what in the h ll are you doing reading a review when you can be reading this book In short the sequel was everything I wished for and I cannot believe that it was this good I have fallen in love with all of the characters twofold Jude has matured wonderfully and her schemes are so intricate that all I can do is lean back and be impressed.Cardan, the Wicked King, is absolutely wicked in the best way possible I don t have enough words in the world to describe how in love I am with him.The way Jude and Cardan dance around each other actually made my heart race I don t think I ve ever been this invested in a relationship before Simply magical.Speaking of magic wow The world of Faerie a la Holly Black is as always absolutely stunning I love, love, love the way she weaves such a complicated web I could read her world over and over and never be tired of it.The plot was fabulous, the way it slowly picked up speed and that ending whew I m still reeling I cannot get over everything that happened Couldn t tear my eyes away Also, I have a theory about the end view spoiler The king said that Jude was banished until the crown pardons herdoes anyone else think Holly Black is aiming for Jude to pardon herself She does have a crown now hide spoiler

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    I want to tell you so many lies A billion spiteful stars.Everything hurts, and no, I m not okay Holly is a delightfully cruel author and I love and hate her for it It s very confusing I m not sure I can write this review as a sane person but I ll try Disclosure spoilers for the first book, but not for this one Your ridiculous family might be surprised to find that not everything is solved by murder, Locke calls after me We would be surprised to find that, I call back. So, we still have Jude, who is as pleasant as ever as she schemes restlessly to keep the power she stole at the end of the first book Not only does she have to keep Cardan, who is well, the same Cardan we all came to love, in check, but she now has to deal with the entire court who would love nothing than to do away with her.But let s start with our favorite resident princeling You ve won yourself a year and a day, he told me But a lot can happen in a year and a day Give me all the commands you want, but you ll never think of everything Cardan, while utterly himself, continued to surprise me He s one of those unpredictable wildcard characters, and though nothing he does is really surprising , he still leaves you baffled and scratching your head at every turn But the best part His relationship with Jude is tense, angsty, full of what even just happened moments, and ahhh, I can t say much but it was so DAMN fun.Maybe grab a fan I wondered if it wasn t you shooting bolts at me I make a face at him And what made you decide it wasn t He grins up at me They missed You never quite know what he has up his sleeve or his true intentions, and trust me, he ll leave you guessing until the very end not to mention, he might be a tad powerful than we all expected Surely you have noticed that since his reign began, the isles are different Storms come in faster Colors are a bit vivid, smells are sharper Then we have Madoc, Jude s stepfather whom she totally betrayed and made a fool of at the end of the first book As you can guess, he s not thrilled So not only is Madoc and the rest of Jude s family on edge and trying to get their clutches on her, we have the rest of the faerie court, all of whom are suuuuper suspicious as to why Cardan has Jude by his side all the time Oh, and then there s Locke, who is still awful And he of course causes problems As he does.Basically, everyone wants to take Jude down.AND.As if that isn t enough, we have our lovely albeit rotten Queen of the Sea and her oh so sweet daughter, Nicasia, both of whom hate Jude with a fiery passion.I m not going to lie this book is 90% court intrigue, scheming, and angst, which if you know me, that s all I could ever want If you aren t into that, you might not love it as much as I did It isn t as if a TON happens, but for me, it never ceased to entertain Holly is brilliant, not only with her words and one liners but with her planning and characterization.Jude continues to be a unique, rage filled yet somehow relatable character who stands out in the YA market She s fiery, witty, mean, and yet she still finds a way to burrow into your heart That s good writing, folks She s easily one of my favorite characters ever, and I can t help but love her no matter what decisions she makes.Full of twists and turns, I couldn t put it down So many scenes are like a punch in the face, while others made me feel like I was DROWNING, scrambling for air If you thought the first book was cruel, you know nothing John Snow.Because that ending.The pain.This is your warning.Prepare yourself.My Blog Instagram Twitter Etsy

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    Update Jan 8, 2019 It s here Power is so much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to. So I m officially ADDICTED.I can t say for sure what makes a good fantasy book for other people but, for me, these books are like crack I m like Fever series level addicted right now and I don t know how I can possibly wait for book three Also Cardan is evil and terrible and I am in love with him I wish I was sorry.This book got me so good The banter and sexual tension between Jude and Cardan had me on the edge of my seat, all googly eyed like a schoolgirl with a crush The political machinations, lying and backstabbing are all so damn thrilling I saw literally nothing coming, though I don t know if that was the author s genius or just because I was too immersed in the story to play detective.I ll keep this vague for those who haven t read The Cruel Prince yet This book picks up where the last left off Jude has negotiated herself into a position of power and she fully intends to exploit it The dynamic between her and Cardan has to be the sexiest I have read in a very long time I like that they are both powerful people, both a little morally questionable, because it makes all the love hate angst so much fun I dislike when one character in a relationship holds all the power and uses it against the other, but these two are equals for better and for worse For a moment, he says, I wondered if it wasn t you shooting bolts at me I make a face at him And what made you decide it wasn t He grins up at me They missed Though, I also love all the characters I love Madoc and the strange relationship between him, Taryn, and Jude he is their father figure, and yet he also murdered their parents I love Vivi because she just knows Revenge is sweet but ice cream is sweeter I love the Bomb, and all the villains.You know, this is exactly how I enjoy romance tucked away behind action, kidnappings and betrayal There s actually a really compelling plot here, full of twists and surprises and the threat of war, and it only serves to make the sexy banter thrilling when we are finally treated to it Holly Black is such a tease.And she s also evil It s not right to call the ending a cliffhanger, and yet it is so deliciously evil I am dying to know what happens next.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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    This sequel was SPECTACULAR I think I enjoyed it even than book one CW violence, murder, death, tortureHolly Black has done it again She s revered as the Queen of Faeries for a reason the dark folklore behind the world she has created has the power to disturb you and also enchant you I ve reach much of her work, but The Wicked King impressed me in a new way Holly s prose is so delicate yet forceful I was captivated throughout the entire novel by her writing alone That, combined with an expansive magical universe and suspenseful plot made it one of the most notable fantasy books I ve read in quite some time.I m aware I m the odd one out here, but I do not care for Jude Cardan s relationship whatsoever. They re both incredibly complex characters with undeniable chemistry, but I just personally could not care less about a romance between them I feel I d view the book identically if they were archenemies, friends, or just strict allies Personally, it s just not what draws me in to The Folk of the Air.What DOES draw me to the series is the plot and political intrigue I m woefully obsessed with Holly Black s ability to create unique political tensions and guide a society through the brink of war There were so many scenes strewn throughout the novel the had my eyes glued to the page or rather, my ears glued to my headphones the audiobook is super immersive I cannot get enough of the scheming, vengeance, and betrayal coming from every corner of story.Though The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King have shown to both be polarizing reads, I found the second installment to be equally as satisfying as the first It s a series consistent in it s quality, therefore if you enjoyed the first, I believe the second will be just as fulfilling The Folk of the Air continues to be one of my auto recommendations for gripping and sophisticated fantasy series.

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    At this point, I don t know why the rest of us even try I think I m going to go into a coma until QUEEN OF NOTHING.

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    someone why do you like this bookme, deep in an elaborate fantasy sequence in which Jude forces me onto a throne for her own selfish gain and is an ambitious bitch to me and treats me like shit but we have a lot of sexual tension view spoiler and eventually we have angry sex to the sound of her gasping I hate you hide spoiler

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    Looks like you ve got some real competition, Sarah J Maas If you want to stay in the lead, I would up my game if I were you.Holly Black sure has.The stakes are higher The game deadlier The enemies hungrier Jude fiercer She was once deeply betrayed, but instead of destroying her, her past has sculpted her into a new, improved girl.A lethal one If you thought you knew everything, saw everything and heard everything about the Faerie world, you are about to have the time of your life Because it doesn t matter how immune you are to faeries, Holly Black will find a way to break through that barrier and intoxicate you.I feel manipulated And what do you say to someone who toyed with you, making you feel as though you knew what was going on and could spot future schemes, when in fact, no matter what, you were always two steps behind What do you say to someone who takes pleasure in your shocked gasps, flushed cheeks, dizzy limbs and heart pain Damn you, Holly Black I freaking love you.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

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    Me, 99% of the book, watching Jude and Cardan interact Me, during 1% of the book if you ve read it, YOU KNOW WHICH PART Me, closing the back cover, lying to myself Me, explaining to a therapist how I ll be just fine as soon as Holly Black releases this hold she has on me

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