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Review: The Lost Sisters by Holly Black (Spoiler Alert)

** spoiler alert ** Hmmmmm... yeah, so I still hate Taryn. She just doesn't really have any redeeming qualities. Jealousy wasn’t a spice to me then. It was the whole meal and I was gagging it down. This novella provides some insight into what Taryn was feeling and going through during The Cruel Prince when we only got to see from Jude's perspective. The story revealed how weak and cowardly she is as a character, and I almost feel bad for her for having such little sense for herself. But I couldn’t let myself forget how hurt I had been, night after night, not knowing whether he’d ever come again, not knowing what I’d meant to him, if I’d meant anything at all. The quote above did make me feel slightly bad for her, but after she continued to let herself be manipulated by Locke while being consciously aware of him doing so, I lost basically all of the (small amount of) respect I had built up for her. “Very amusing,” I said. Only after the words left my mouth did I realize how dismissive they sounded, like Nicasia or Prince Cardan himself. But for a moment it felt good to be awful, like looking down on the world from some great height. Also, the fact that she tries to redeem herself to her sister by basically saying, "oh I'm sorry I let this boy play with your heart without telling you- I just couldn't bear telling you what was going on because I want to marry him, lol too bad" So you see, I am sorry. I really am. I didn’t think he could win your heart. If it makes you feel any better, it was agony to watch you with him, to see you laughing as the three of us sat on the blanket at the palace school, your hand in his. Oh, and of course, the best part about all of this is that while making this entire apology to her sister, SHE NEVER ACTUALLY SAYS IT TO HER. So... great job Taryn, I'm not excited to hear more from you. However, I am very excited to read the next book and hear more from Jude. ;D

Song I was reminded of while reading: i hate u, i love u

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