The Cruel Prince Book Review

The Cruel Prince Book Cover The Cruel Prince
The Folk of the Air
Holly Black
Fantasy, Young Adult
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
January 2nd 2018

Of course, I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

What a bloody fantastic book!

Throughout 2018, I constantly heard amazing things about The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. At the beginning of 2019, I decided it would be my first book of the year. The constant hype was completely warranted. What an absolutely phenomenal book! It had so much DETAIL.

The world is so intricate and I fell completely in love with it. Faeries, royalty and court politics, it is such an AMAZING book. The pace of The Cruel Prince is super fast, there is never a dull moment. The writing style of Black also allows the reader to really visualize everything.

I also loved the premise of the story where Jude and Taryn are brought into Fae as humans to live alongside their Fae sister Vivienne. Living there comes with it’s own struggles as people bully and torment the sisters because of what they are not, they are not one of them. As the story goes on, we get to see just how brutal Fae can be and how you can trust no one. It’s SO GOOD.

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

Jude is an outstandingly brilliant character. The story is told through her and she is such an iconic girl. Super witty and does not back down to Fae who try to belittle her. The way her character progresses is a thing to behold. Her determination in a world that is against her is a joy.

Cardan is also such a brilliantly cunning character. At first, I really wanted to hate him. Incredibly snobby and hateful and someone that just seemed to enjoy doing bad. But as the story goes on we get to see who he is and why is he like he is. He really lives up to being The Cruel Prince.

“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”

Overall, The Cruel Prince is a book you will not be able to put down. An absolute treasure of a book and it completely lives up to the hype surrounding it. If you want to lose yourself in another world, The Cruel Prince is a fantastic choice!

Also side-note: After reading this book, I started following Incorrect Cruel Prince on Twitter. I highly recommend doing so too because it is a super hilarious account!

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