The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: A Review

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Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Publication Date: Jan 2nd, 2018

GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Faeries

Format: ARC provided by the publisher

Jude was seven years old 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.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war 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.

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“Because you’re like a story that hasn’t happened yet. Because I want to see what you will do. I want to be part of the unfolding of the tale.”

Goodness gracious, my heart.

I’ve always adored Holly Black’s works. I started The Cruel Prince expecting it would be good, but I didn’t anticipate how good this book is. Holly Black seriously blew me away with her writing and world-building, and I simply cannot express enough how much I love this book!

Why The Cruel Prince Should Be Your Most Anticipated 2018 Release:

 • The world-building is crazingly awesome in the most magical way. Holly Black did not invent the faeries, but she did such a wonderful job bringing them to life and giving them such special and vivid characteristics in her own unique ways. The setting as well as all the magical elements are beautifully written, and I was definitely captivated from the very first page!

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 • The writing is beyond beautiful. Holly Black has woven a dark and gorgeous tale of actions, court intrigues, and deceives and leave me wanting more. The amount of time I caught myself rereading a sentence just because it’s too amazing is ridiculous (in the best possible way). Holly Black’s writing is lush, gorgeous, magnificent…basically everything you would ask for in a great read.

 • And not to mention, the characters are full of imperfections in the most perfect way. Jude, the protagonist of the book, is not your normal heroic YA character who always do the “right” things. She is wonderfully complex and witty and has a dark side that I can’t help but love. And where do I even start with Cardan? He is equally cruel as he is charming, and it’s amazing to see his development throughout the book as he learns to be more symphathetic and understanding with others around him. I’m in love with Holly Black’s flawed characters and how they learn to overcome and embrace those imperfections.

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“Nice things don’t happen in storybooks,” Taryn says. “Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.”

The Cruel Prince is a mesmerizing tale of dangerous secrets and alluring powers. If you’re looking for a read to lost yourself in, look no further! Holly Black definitely lives up to her title of the Queen of Faeries with this gorgeously written novel. I highly recommend it!

5 stars

You will love The Cruel Prince if you enjoy…

Wicked Like a Wildfire  An Enchantment of Ravens  Wintersong

- love xxoo,


2 thoughts on “The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: A Review

  1. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book so far! However, I didn’t enjoy Wintersong and An Enchantment of Ravens, so I’m still hoping I’ll like this book

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