The Queen by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the long awaited finale to the Wicked series. After reading The King and being absolutely in LOVE with it, I was so excited for this novella’s release. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Since this is currently a new release and a novella, this review will be spoiler free.
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’m going to talk about what I didn’t like first so I can end this review with the slightly more positive stuff. My first issue is with the synopsis, specifically this part: “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.” Yeahhh, that never happens. The Otherworld is barely mentioned. This novella almost completely revolves around Brighton and Caden’s relationship issues; primarily their lack of ability to communicate.
I loved The King because of the intensity and emotion but that was missing in this story. In my opinion, there was only one truly intense scene but even it was resolved quickly. Not to sound sadistic but I like when characters struggle and go through things. The only thing they truly go through in The Queen is communication issues and that’s boring to me.
I think what bothers me the most, however, is how open ended this story is. It’s supposed to be the final novella in a six book series but yet, we’re still left with questions. NOTHING about the Winter Fae or the Otherwold has been explored or resolved. I assumed there would be one final showdown but there just wasn’t. It honestly feels like Armentrout either got bored or didn’t know where to go with that part of the story line so she decided to focus on the romance. The romance is great and all but I want resolution for the main plot.
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate The Queen. I love these characters and this world. If this wasn’t the last part of the series, I would definitely like it more. It’s good on its own but it is NOT a good finale.
I’m honestly just disappointed. This novella could have been incredible but instead it felt rushed and poorly planned. I still recommend the series as a whole but don’t expect any resolution when it’s over. Have you read this series? If so, what did you think? Thanks for reading and have a great day!