Note: Since this is a pretty short novella, I won’t be following my typical reviewing format. If you want to know my thoughts specifically on the characters/setting/writing/plot of this series, I have full reviews of Stalking Jack the Ripper and Escaping From Houdini)
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Becoming the Dark Prince reminded me of every single reason why I love Thomas Cresswell (and there are many).
“I will follow you beyond death and drag you back if I must.”
// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Murder, Gore //
“The price of love doesn’t come cheaply, but the cost is worth it.”
Release Date: 7/15/2019
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Page Count: 64
Becoming The Dark Prince is a Stalking Jack the Ripper series novella, told from Thomas Cresswells POV. It picks up at the end of Escaping From Houdini and continues a little bit beyond where that book left off. And while technically I don’t know if you absolutely need to read it before reading Capturing the Devil, I can say with confidence that you really, really should.
Read more for all of my thoughts!
“I want to be the sort of man who earns her trust and love and then works to keep it by growing into an even better person.”
So, first things first- I love Thomas Cresswell with all of my heart and he can do no wrong. So naturally, when I found out about this novella, I was so excited. By the time it came out, I was a little worried that my expectations were too high, but turns out, they weren’t high enough!
This novella takes a look at a few scenes from Escaping From Houdini, and show’s Thomas’ POV of them. I really think each scene that was included was important to giving more insight into his character and helped explain the reasons for his decisions, so nothing here was unnecessary. Plus one specific scene became a million times more painful when told from his perspective (you can probably guess which scene it is).
Then there were some new scenes. These were adorable and fun scenes to read, but they also added touched on some aspects of Escaping From Houdini that I wasn’t a fan of. I was really glad to see it addressed, but a part of me is still a little bitter about it. However, that is more of a problem I have with that book than this novella.
“Dreams. I would always choose dreams over nightmares. Light over darkness, and love over hate. And I would continue to make that choice forever. Each of us held the power to decide our own destiny.”
Pros- More Thomas!! Plus this adds some insights into the previous book
Cons- That one thing from Escaping From Houdini bothers me more and more the more I’m reminded of it
Overall- 5/5 stars.
Becoming the Dark Prince is a must read for any Stalking Jack the Ripper fan, and is sure to get you excited for the conclusion to the series!!
(Can Capturing the Devil just be released already!?!?)
Who is your favorite YA love interest? Also, have you read Becoming the Dark Prince? What did you think?