The Cruel Prince by Holly BlackThe Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince

byHolly Black

Hardcover | January 2, 2018

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By #1New York Timesbestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.
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 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.
Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels, includingTithe: A Modern Faerie Taleand the #1New York Timesbestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a ho...
Title:The Cruel PrinceFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:384 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 inShipping dimensions:9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:January 2, 2018Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316310271

ISBN - 13:9780316310277

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good but overhyped in my opinion Enjoyed it but not to the high level I know many other people did
Date published: 2019-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PAGE TURNER I couldn't put the book down and ended up falling behind in studies. Overall a fun ride, and was worried it was a novel, but am excited now for the sequel! Hopefully it is as fun as this one and we learn more about certain characters relationships!
Date published: 2018-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NEW FAVE I loved this book! It has a strange mix of "fantasy language" and IRL mixed together. Jude is so savage and i love her !
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Storyteller! What did I just read?! What a wonderful storyteller [author:Holly Black|25422] is. Just when you think you know where the story is going it twists and turns and although the land of Fairie is cruel you can't help but be immersed in that world. Could not put this one down and impatiently waiting for the sequel!
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds Great! This story sounds really intriguing to me! I would love to read this novel in the future!
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from got me like a drug What better way to catch the reader’s attention but to start with a murder. Jude is forced to leave the human world alongside her oldest sister, Vivi and twin sister Taryn, just after witnessing the murder of their mother and father, to go live in the (amazing yet very scary) Faerie world. This ain’t no Sarah J Maas, there’s no heroine trying to save the world, she doesn’t believe she is great or the chosen one, there’s only one true weapon in Jude’s arsenal and that is her mind. And she will do the dirty work to make things happen for HER and HER ONLY. “I have lied and I have betrayed and I have triumphed. If only there was someone to congratulate me.” I have to be totally honest here: I devoured this book; I read it in 3 days. Mostly because I was so angry all the freaking time, angry because their parents got murdered, angry because she has to live with her faerie step-father, angry because she is forced to attend lesson with other faery teenagers that bully her to no end, angry because she feels so powerless for being human. So much anger man. The drama and politics got me good, I was truly interested in who was going to end up king. Also, the family dynamics felt very real. The characters truly defined. If I read this book again I’m sure I’ll find some bit of info that will leave me reeling. (DON’T WORRY I’M GOING TO) Now, let’s talk romance. I’m a sucker for romance and I was just eating the little hints like a hungry wolf. Cardan, our cruel prince is, and I’m sorry for the caps, AN ASSHOLE. But, as the story progresses you get to understand him a bit. “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.” And the plot twists! Don’t get me started. I’m waiting, very impatiently, for the next installment.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favorite Read! Let me start this off with the fact that I have never been drawn to stories of faerie lore, but I had heard that Holly Black was the absolute master of her craft. Her worlds are rich and decadent. The main character of this novel, Jude Duarte--a mortal girl forced to live among the alluring and dangerous Faerie Folk that despise her kind--is a strong-willed, fierce, and immediately likeable heroine. Her voice is clear. She's relateable. You root for her, you feel for her. She endures so much and comes out stronger. The cast of characters is so vividly realized that I am not surprised to find out that the film rights to this series have already been bought. And Cardan, our cruel prince, is a phenomenally fascinating character. He's arrogant and snide and wickedly charming, but there's another layer to him that begins to appear as the pages turn. I started off loathing him and then he became my favorite character. I utterly devoured this book in less than two days. Whether you're a fan of faerie lore or not, this is a story every fantasy fan needs on their shelf.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The Book was amazing, the faerie world that Holly Black made was well developed and had a good political system! Can't wait for The Lost Sisters and The Wicked King! :)
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read the entire book in an hour! This book was absolutely amazing and I read it super quickly. Can't wait for the second one. I love you Holly Black, your work Is amazing.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put this down. What a start to the series. There is so much intrigue and sub plots going on, it keeps you guessing and switching aliances. I can't wait to read the next in the series
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Holly black I was pleasantly surprised by way holly black created her version of the fairy world.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected! To be honest, I was not expecting much but these are usually my feelings with extremely hyped books. I went into this book with caution and not knowing much about the plot and I am glad I did. I really enjoyed it! So much so, I went immediately online to buy book 2; well, I will have to wait until 2019 but it does to show how much I wanted to continue the story. Great opening book to the series.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected Surprise I've recently just finished this book and let me tell you, the book only got better as I continued reading from beginning to end.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A gripping read I really adored the way the characters were portrayed in this story. For one, Jude and Cardan seem to both have some questionable morals which make them interesting. I can't wait for the second book! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed This book wasn't really anything new, but it was an enjoying read with characters that made me laugh and were not super generic.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I dont really know what I just read. The author just fills us with her universe without explaining much what it is. Like yeah there are pixies and nixies(?) and folk from Undersea! Yes, undersea! But what is it exactly? I would have like it to be more descriptive. Also the caracters were all annoying, mostly Judes, I couldn't stand her always complaining about being mortal and how she wants power. The plot is really predictable. Well, it's kind of sad.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great YA fantasy with memorable characters This was my first Holly Black novel. And I loved it! First, I hadn't read a YA fantasy novel in a while, and that is one of my absolute favourite genres. So becoming absorbed in this one felt so good. I got right into the world and made myself a home there. Unfortunately, after reading about a third of this book in one day, getting back into thesis-writing mode the next day was reallllllly hard. To be honest, it's hard to say why I loved this book so much. Not a whole lot happens in the first two-thirds of the book, but it still had me flipping the pages! What it lacks in action, it makes up for in characters. The narrator is Jude. Her mortal mother used to be married to a general from Faerieland, but she faked her death and ran away to the mortal world with a mortal man, while pregnant with the general's child, Jude's half-sister Vivienne. When Jude and her twin sister, Taryn, were seven, Madoc, the fey General, comes to her home and murders both of her parents, and takes Jude, Taryn, and Vivienne back to Faerieland. Despite the fact that Madoc murdered her parents and took her away from the mortal world, he raises the girls as his own, and Jude comes to love him. She wants nothing more than to belong in this new world, and to one day be a knight for the High King. But faeries don't tend to have very positive views of mortals. She and Taryn attend classes with other children of important faeries. This includes Cardan, the titular cruel prince, and his friends. While Taryn might wish for Jude to keep her head down and not give the faeries a reason to pick on them, that's not Jude's style. Cardan and his friends are terrible to her, but she doesn't let them get away with it. There's basically a prank war going on between them, but it's a dangerous one. The first two-thirds of the book we spend learning about the characters, and also getting some information about the court and the politics. The current High King, Cardan's father, is planning to step down. He will crown one of his biological children to take over as High King. Two-thirds into the book, some crazy stuff happens, and Jude discovers a plot in the works. She finds herself in a unique position, with the opportunity to decide the fate of the faerie court. There are a lot of twists, and the plot keeps twisting right up until the very end. I loved the characters and relationships in this novel! Jude is a really cool protagonist, and her voice was fun to read. She really does read as a displaced mortal teenager who was raised in the faerie realm. Her sister Vivi is also an interesting character. She is half-fey, and belongs in this realm more than her sisters, but she hates it there, and frequently visits the mortal world. Taryn, Jude's twin, is less interesting to me, but I don't feel that we learned a whole lot about her and her motivations in this first volume. Hopefully her character will be explored more in future books. Madoc was a favourite of mine just because he is basically a monster. He murdered Jude and Taryn's parents, but they still consider him a father and love him, and he loves them. It's a complicated relationship dynamic, to say the least! Then there's our cruel prince, Cardan. We didn't learn a whole lot about him, either. But he had some really great lines of dialogue, and a sad and complicated back story. And the ending of the book leaves him in a very interesting position, and makes me excited for the next book!
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice #plumreview It was a good read. But I had more expectations.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Meh. That's all I got, and I'm mad about it. Something positive. This cover is the dreamiest thing ever and if I ever get published I want something like this. The shadows and the gold foil make it look ALIVE. Anyway, for months I saw nothing but raving reviews and and it left me with high expectations that were never met. And I can't even tell you why. This if my first Holly Black novel. It's also my first hard-core faerie novel, and I think maybe it's just not my thing? Out of all the pre-made worlds to dip into (vampires, elves, etc) faeries just seem to be too convoluted for my liking and lost me. What sunk this the most for me was nothing exciting seemed to happen. It wasn't until about the last quarter that I was finally like, "Ooh, one more chapter!" I can't remember the last time it took me almost two weeks to finish a book this size. The mystery as it unravelled felt weak for the most part. It also doesn't help the ending was spoiled for me by the reveal of the sequel's synopsis. To end with a tiny positive, I actually did enjoy the ending. It's just the journey to get there that fell flat. I will get the second book because I'm genuinely curious to see how it all pans out.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked I didn't really understand why so many people were raving about this book because it didn't sound that great, but now I do.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glorious Fantasy! 2018 was full of Fantasy reads that did not disappoint, and The Cruel Prince by Black was another MUST READ! It was beautiful, engaging, riveting and pure brilliance. Highly, highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!!!!!!! An exciting read on faeries which are not the ordinary ones you grew up with.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cruel Prince I love faerie fantasies and this a good different one
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed This I really enjoyed this. I also love that Severin is in this! (very minor, but still exciting to have a crossover from The Darkest Part of the Forest). Sometimes it was hard to get all the characters straight, and working out all the mysteries and the politics made that a little difficult. I couldn't remember who was a sister, who was a mother, who was a lover, who was the king, etc. There were so many and all of them minor characters, only mentioned to make the story progress. Others than that I thought it was really good, though. It had a few twists and turns which kept the story exciting. I loved the setting. I loved that it was about a human girl who was raised in faerie, and I loved the role reversal, of her faerie sister dreaming of being mortal and living in the human world. It was a great book and I'm quite intrigued to see what happens in the next one. (If you haven't picked up her other semi-recent faerie yet, The Darkest Part of the Forest, I highly recommend it. Even if you didn't like this one, because it's super different.)
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow but builds I was not impressed by this book most of the way through. It was very slow to start and the writing style seemed a bit too childish. HOWEVER, the last few chapters really drew me in and I am very excited to see what comes next for these characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best of the year Okay, so I figured this was going to be good, but I never imaged just how amazing The Cruel Prince would end up being. Like, this is going straight into my favorites pile and Holy Black can join my Queen Maas in terms of faerie favorites. Black gave us such an original, vivid, and dark story that somehow still managed to make me chuckle and feel some feels. The twists and turns were amazing and for the most part unexpected, the only reason I put it down was to work and to get at least a little bit of sleep.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did not live up to the hype I was looking forward to reading this after hearing a lot about it on Booktube. However, it really did not impress me. I wish I could say I enjoyed it... I did not connect with the characters, or their motives and the story just seemed a bit disjointed. #UnpopularOpinion
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best reads of the year The Cruel Prince is certainly a banger to start off the year! It's sometimes the hardest to write a review of books I love. How do I transform the feelings I hold for the book into words? Holly Black has created a magical, dangerous faerie world that we are brought into through Jude. She is a human girl living in the faerie world after her parents were killed by Madoc, a red cap general who is the father of Vivi, Jude’s older sister. The story is absolutely scintillating, as we learn of Jude and her twin, Taryn’s reluctance to return to the human world as it is all they grew up knowing. However, Vivi who is faerie, wants to return to the human world with her family. She delights in irritating her father. There is constant action in the plot and it twists and turns, leaving me wondering what happens next. We are exposed to the cruel ways of the faerie and their politics. Jude wishes to stay in the faerie world through earning a place as the knight of one of the princes of the high king whereas Taryn plans on marrying into faerie. I’m a sucker for political intrigue and this book is definitely filled with it. As I picked up the book, I was instantly sucked into the story with the way that the book begins, through a sort of flashback into how Jude came to be in her situation of living in Faerie with her mother's murderer. It took me about four days to bring myself to read the last 15% because I didn’t want it to end. I then did bring myself to read it because what a way to end the year right? That ending was not what I expected and was a sort of last minute twist and had me kind of almost reeling? I love this book so much and I can't wait for the next book omfg.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! Holly is one of my favourite authors and I was so excited the minute I found out about this book and the series. With amazing characters and interesting plot, you won’t be disappointed
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Read While I found Jude and her sister and her love interest and pretty much everyone in this whole book infuriating, the world building and twists made for a rollercoaster ride of a read. The personality difference between Jude and myself bothered me at first, but it helped to add to the suspense as she reacted to things in ways that had me shouting "WHY. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT." Overall, while this book is nowhere near as good as the Curse Workers series, I'm excited for the second book.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Childish to amazing It is not often a book can start off really childish then turn into something great. As each revelation occurred I found myself unable to stop reading.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The start of something interesting I loved this book. I think it is the start of something really interesting... My only regret is that all of the action is packed at the end of the book. Not much happens before the few last chapters.... But still, I think there is a good story to exploit for the second book.... We will have to wait and see.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enthralling I liked the characters, especially the portrayal of Jude's stepfather, who (mini SPOILER) despite his blood-lust sees her and her sister as his responsibility and treat them pretty well. That takes the evil step parent trope and blasts it out the window. But by two thirds of the book, I pretty much called what the ending was going to be, although there were a few smaller twists that were unexpected.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fast paced I really enjoyed this one. I got the owlcrate exclusive edition and the cover is beautiful. Very fast paced read. I can't wait for the next one in the series.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very Dull It was just okay. The book is only 300 pages and yet nothing happened until a little over half way through the book,and when the the book finally took off it felt rushed because it took to long for anything to happen.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ending.... I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I was not blown away with the other books written by Holly. I love the characters, and the plot was beautifully planned. A bit slow at the beginning, but it definitely picks up, and is worth it for the end alone.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overhyped On paper this book sounds better than it read - I wasn't blown away at all. Unfortunately there was a large gap in between my reading of the first and second half, and it showed in my lessened enjoyment. The twists were unfortunately easy to spot. The characters are very morally grey/not very good people and it's made clear, which is good. It's worth a try if you like how it sounds, but try not to get caught up in the hype to avoid disappointment.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad. It was good and I enjoyed some parts of it but it wasn’t wow or anything.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The book was recommended by my cousin and after seeing the beautiful cover I knew I had to buy it. It was definitely worth the buy, especially if you're into magic and/or royalty. The story revolves around those two things and because of that I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it. Bought this on a whim, and fell in love with it. I've never read any of Holly Black's work before, but I definitely want to now.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Modern Magic All readers dream of magic and wish the stories they read to be true. Holly Black does an excellent job of merging modern society with a magical fairyland full of intrigue and fascinating characters.
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from def not what I expected a pretty good read and the mc is really well flawed even when I didn't rly agree with her. love holly black's work!
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for any fan of the Fay! I loved this book! Holly Black is a very gifted writer. She sweeps you up into this world of magic like no one else can. The second book in this trilogy can not come out soon enough!
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read I really enjoyed the Cruel Prince, it may have had a few problems with the plot but it was definitely a fun read and by the end I just wanted to read the next book. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from All action, no plot I was disappointed with Holly Black's The Cruel Prince. It was all action, no real plot.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED!!! Slow to get moving...but once your just takes hold and you dont want to let go!! LOVED!!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read The beginning was a bit slow, but other than that I really enjoyed the book. Great ending and can't wait to see what happens next :)
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really great I had a hard time getting into this book at the start, it felt a little slow. but by half way through i was absolutely enthralled and i cannot wait for the second book.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! Both my son and myself LOVED this one!!! Really draws you in to the very end..
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This is one of the first book I've read this year and I really enjoyed it. I found the characters to be well written and the plot was full of unexpected events.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an amazing book! As one of the first books I have ever read from Holly Black, this book was magical! The plot pacing was very interesting and I absolutely loved the character Jude and how she matured and changed over the course of the book. I found the twists and turns of the book to be very unpredictable. As a result, this book was very hard to put down once I started it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and cannot wait for book two of the series!
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holly Black's newest series! As a huge fan of Holly's work, and faerie books in general, I had to read this book right when it came out. And her newest series did not disappoint! This book was dark and gripping, and the plot was always surprising me, twisting again and again just when I thought I knew where it was going. The ending leaves me unable to wait for the next one which is sadly in another year. I really recommend it if you like strong female leads, excellent writing, and plots that draw you in and don't let you go. Amazing!
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magical read! I really enjoyed reading this book. This story follows the main character, Jude, a mortal, who lives in a faerie world with her twin and older sister (a half-faerie). This book is full of dark, malicious characters as well as a badass protagonist. Really fun to read!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting new series After reading The Darkest Part of the Forest, I was excited to jump into another Faerie story by Holly Black. I thoroughly enjoy how she depicts the Fae and gives us a unique perspective of a mortal within Faerieland. I'm not usually a big fan of first person narratives, however I could resonate with Jude and her desire to prove herself (as well as not take her treatment laying down.) I'm interested to see how this series develops and look forward to finishing the trilogy over the coming years.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love fairies Holly Black writes fairies so well. Definitely pick this one up!
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not great but not bad I didn't love this book but I also didn't hate it. I think my problem was I went in expecting something different and I didn't like that it was not what I was expecting. :/ I think I liked Jude. I'm honestly not sure how I feel. I like that she was strong but there was also something off putting about her. I liked Vivi. She remained constant throughout the book and I liked that. There was a lot going on the last few chapters that I have to mentally sort what went on in my head to write about it. The king was killed by either his son or Madoc. I can't remember right now. I think it was his son though since the crown didn't accept him. A lot of the princes and princesses were killed. O.o The oldest son tried to get the throne and didn't succeed. In the end Jude tricked Carden into becoming kind to hold the throne for her brother Oak. O.o So much happened!
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could Have Been Better This book shows a lot of promise. The subject matter dealt with felt a lot more contemporary and relevant than a lot of YA fantasies, and Jude was an incredibly well-written character. As for the plot, it was fun and full of twists. I'm not a fan of a romance that is suggested closer to the end, and the lack of worldbuilding and explanation of the magic system made it fall flat in parts, but it was overall an enjoyable book. Not sure if I will be picking up the sequel though.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I honestly did not have high expectations for this book. I am not a huge YA fan but I was curious what the hype was about.. I turned out really liking it a lot more than I expected. Like some people said in their reviews, the whole fairy land could have used more description now that I think back on it however I don't think it really took away from me enjoying reading the book at the time. I'm pretty excited for book two to come out!
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not worth the hype I don't understand why this book has so much hype around it. Apparently Holly Black is the queen of faerie world. This was my first ever experience with Holly Black. The book was alright, but I didn't love it. I feel like the plot was all over the place from start to finish. The book started off being about something else, turned into something else, and ended with something else. It also failed to let me visualize the faerie world. Lack of description = lack of development. As another reviewer said, the only thing you'll get out of the faerie world in this book is that they hate humans, and they cannot lie. I honestly prefer Cassandra Clare's faerie world so much more. Hers was much more descriptive, developed and enchanting.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mini review on GR! Mini review: DNF x2 This book has been circulating GR since end of 2017. Holly Black is a well respected fairy writer. I decided to give this a try due to the hype. As you can tell by my rating I didn’t like it. The writing was terrible. It should’ve been narrated in third person. I had no sense of world building save that it was a fairy realm. There weren’t any court systems (Autumn, Spring, and so on). And the seemingly established ‘rules’ wasn’t really present. The only thing I knew was that the fairies didn’t like humans. And that the fairies can’t lie but have ways of deception. I found Cardan and his posey were abusive. I really don’t like the idea of Jude and Cardan being end game. And jeez way too much deception and murdering for me to handle. I only liked Vivi and Oak. That’s it. Overall I really didn’t like this book. I don't recommend.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from classic holly black this book is exactly what it promises: dark and twisty ya fairy tale. very fun to read and draws you in easily.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT I NEED THIS SEQUEL NOW omg. That just got better and better the entire way through!! Jude is a wonderfully complex main character who would rather train to be a knight & win a place in the High Court than be accepted through marriage. In the meantime, she's bullied to an extreme by her peers. They're led by Prince Cardan, who makes Joffrey look rather friendly at times. (Side note: the bullying is pretty intense. Just a heads up in case you don't like reading about that kind of thing). I was worried the plot would try to just excuse Cardan's behavior or redeem his character with some simple sob story, but it had much more interesting directions to take. So eventually there are a ton of reasons why Jude feels powerless and wants revenge. Her motivation is totally clear and she goes after what she wants with a vengeance that's amazing to watch. She gets caught up in a complicated web of power plays as the faerie king moves to crown one of his sons. Everyone has their own hidden agenda and can't be completely trusted... even the few people that seemed trustworthy turned out to be the absolute worst.The way everything unfolds is brilliant. But I was NOT expecting that awesome of an ending!
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book! This one is more of a 3.5 stars for me. At first, I really liked the storyline and I thought the book was fantastic. The end deceived me a little bit. I feel like Jude just does what she wants and to be honest I felt like between her and Cardan, she was the wickedest one. I didn't really like her personality, mostly because of her obsession with power, but on the other hand, I thought Cardan was amazing! I loved the bit of backstory that was revealed through the book. All in all, it was a really good book, just slightly deceiving in the end.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Ooh an interesting read. Some annoying characters though.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Story, But Lacked Development I'd heard a lot about this book recently, so when I saw it come up as an audiobook option from the library, I jumped at the chance to give it a go. I liked the idea of an anti-hero, as well as a book set in a world of faeries.  And I enjoyed the book. There's some fantastic sneaking around and lots of fantastic play with truth and lies, which you can never go wrong with. The way that you can magic people to do things and how the magic works when making deals and that sort of thing. I loved how the ending of the book came together. That was absolutely brilliant. But I am a little surprised at the insane high ratings. The story is good, but I had some issues with this book. The world building barely exists. We're given Faerie and some locations within it and how it relates to the mortal world, but no idea about anything beyond that. Half the time, I forgot that we weren't in the real world. The plot is also all over the place until the end of the book when it finally gets pulled together. It felt like the author just knew where they generally wanted to end up and didn't plan out how they were going to get there. I also found that the characters didn't develop at all from the beginning to the end of the book. All in all, I did enjoy this book, and I'm curious to see where this whole thing is going to end up. It ended on a note that leaves you desperately wondering what is going to happen next. It does majorly lack development though, which annoyed me throughout the story. If you like faeries, characters who are jerks, and deception stories, you should definitely check out The Cruel Prince.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining Some really annoying characters but overall fun to read.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! This was my first Holly Black book and I really enjoyed reading it. The world in this book was magical and fascinating. There were a few characters that I didn't like, but it was part of the divide between mortal and faeries. There were a few plot twists and I can't wait to read the next installment of this series!!
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh Slow start the last 3 chapters are great lots of action
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's by Holly Black, you have to read it It feels like forever since I read a new book by Holly Black. I was so excited when I heard about this new book. What do you get when you get Holly Black to write about Faerie, wickedness, danger, twists and turns. You don't know where you'll end up. I only wish that our Canadian bookstores also sold copies that had a short story with Roiben and Kaye.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected This book wasn't bad but it wasn't groundbreaking either. I didn't like the bullying involved in this because it felt very childish. However I did like how things enfolded near the end and I finally started to like the main protagonist and could see things from her point of view. Not bad but not amazing either. It is worth the read and I can see this series getting better as it goes on.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I reeeeally liked the whole vibe of this book. Holly Black is a wizard of fae stories. It's been a while since I read her Tithe trilogy, which I'm pretty sure a lot of went over my young head, but she's clearly still capable, if not more, of writing lush, detailed worlds. I'm curious now to go back and reread her previous series to see how she's changed over 15 years. The whole story is completely cutthroat and political and bloody and I loved every second of it. I called the direction a couple plot points were going, but I didn't care because I just loved how it all came together. There was one chapter in particular where ALL the shit went down and I was pretty stunned by the end of it. Not to mention how the ending played out which has me completely drooling for book 2. Jude is the epitome of what this book is. Badass and cutthroat, and doing what she needs to to survive in the deadly Faerielands. Loved seeing her progression as she became more cold and calculating, although the circumstances in which she's forced to do so are heartbreaking. It was refreshing to see a YA book and characters that are promised to be cruel and cutthroat actually be so. I mean it's right there in the title and Prince Carden absolutely lived up him moniker. However, like everything in this story it's much more complex than it seems.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A promising beginning For a future series, it's quite promising. It's nicely thought and built and give you enough intrigue to keep you reading. The protagonist (Jude) is flawed and it's nice to not see a "Mary Sue", mesmerizing everybody. She is weak, hot-headed and fall flat on her face (litterally and figuratively) most of the times. If you read a lot of faeries books, you might see coming many of the twists and turns before they're actually spelled out. But it doesn't take away the pleasure of reading it, since Jude's way of dealing with these can be quite unpredictable. Many of the characters in the book will confuse you, not knowing who is good or bad. By the end, you realize it's more of a "grey area" kind of book. There is no good or bad, there is just really weird and twisted people, relationships and events. You might hate or you might love. A reader that needs a clear line between both might be dissapointed in the turmoil, but I found it great. It is not without faults. Cardan (supposedly the Cruel Prince of the title) is skimmed over too much to my taste. We see him as the cruel, arrogant, yet beautiful prince, but as we explore more about Jude, we learn barely nothing about him. We start to enjoy him and care for him too late in the book for my opinion. By the end, he is even a pretty simple character without much development. I believe, he should have been more at this point. It's NOT a book about romance, that became clear quite early. It didn't bother me much, but it is quite violent (like plain bloody violence, but psychological and sexualy violence too). Some of the assaults to the protagonist are barely attended too, pretexting that this is the way of the fae people and that she is powerless (even though she has powerful alies she doesn't use because she's pig-headed). Her twisted relationship with her adopted father is another thing that is barely addressed, leaving us with no choice to just accepted it. Don't even let me started on her twin sister.... In general, violence doesn't bother me in a book, but the Cruel Prince's actions are hardly easy to forgives and you wonder where the hell can it go from here. It's a good thing to have twisted, complicated characters, but it comes to a point where there is nowhere good for these characters to go anymore. In the end, a good opening. If the series ends up being quite long (5 books or more) maybe the parts where I feel that were just passed over might come back to haunt us all. I will get the next one and I recommend this for a good read without problem. Just be ready to be left hungry.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ok so this was an amazing book read it breath it love it and dont let it die
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holly Black You've Done It Again Amazing so many twist and turns I def didn't expect the ending and I am so very hyped Pretty clear that Cardan and Jude's relationship is gonna be complicated and filled with romantic tension and I would just like to say: SIGN ME UP MOTHER FORKER
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved it! My favorite book of the year so far! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the second part!! This is the first book in six months I chose to read for personal interest and I’m so glad I was able to get it from my local library so quickly. I loved the characters with their many internal conflicts and issues. I was never sure who was more cruel or if I could trust anyone that had a part in this slowly unfolding royal intrigue. The story was rich and full of imagination. Lots of strategy, conflict within the main character and with others, and the main character’s deep-rooted desire to fit in, make for a hauntingly good story. The writing was excellent. It takes the reader’s hand and guides them through a world so beautiful that it’s difficult to accept the rot underneath its glittery surface. Overall, towards the end of the story I kept catching myself holding my breath, gripping the book white knuckled, not believing how all of this could possible end in anything resembling a happy ending. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone, who likes fantasy, intrigue, strategy and good conflicts.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it :) What I loved about this book is that almost all of the characters are morally ambiguous. It's nice seeing a female protagonist in a YA novel that's Machiavellian and almost an antihero.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay Not what I was expecting but still an okay read. It was a bit slow in some spots and the plot was a tad predictable at times.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved it, but it had some problems TW: Murder, abuse, violence, Stockholm syndrome?? not sure what you call it when the MC is living with her parents’ murderer and thinks of that person as a father/doesn’t completely hate them?, being drugged against your will, sexual misconduct, harassment. There could possibly be more TW’s that I’ve missed. THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black is possibly one of the best Faerie books I’ve read in a long time. Before starting this, I was going through a really bad reading slump. Reading TCP did not feel like a chore. I sacrificed sleep for this book! Sometimes I’ll read a book and even if I’m enjoying it and really need to know the ending, the actual reading part will feel like a chore. I’m really thankful that the hype surrounding this book didn’t get to me and that TCP broke my reading slump. That being said, I had a lot of problems with it. I think the world-building, the plot, and the protagonist’s character development were excellent. The book’s map confused me a bit in regards to the size of Faerie but the world itself was incredible. I loved that not every Fae you met was gorgeous – there were goblins, trolls, and all manner of creatures. Even the “beautiful” Fae had some animalistic underside to them. In this respect, the author’s vision translated to the reader. The plot’s pacing was great and even if I saw some things coming, I still felt the suspense. Finally, Jude’s character development was amazing and I felt like she really grew throughout the entire book. Growing up, I was a huge fan of Fae/Faerie books and I would read any Fae book, even the terrible ones. My favourite author was O.R. Melling. It’s that one thing I can’t get enough of. This means I’m a little familiar with the folklore surrounding the Fae, and how cruel and devious they can be. I was not surprised to read about a cruel, dark world with violence at every corner. That being said, just because I (an adult, and not the target audience) expected a dark, cruel world doesn’t mean the target audience will, or will even understand that some of the elements in this book are not what the real world/real people should actually be like. Some of my problems with this book would be something happening, that makes me include a trigger warning at the top of my review, and that thing being acknowledged but not challenged. I’m mostly worried about a reader connecting with one of these situations and thinking their own situation is standard, when it’s really concerning! Yes this is fantasy but that doesn’t mean a reader won’t connect their real-life situation with some aspect of this book. For example, at one point in the book the MC is forced to eat Faerie fruit (which is basically a drug to humans) and had a very real chance of being raped or sexually assaulted. I considered it a date rape drug. The MC is compelled to take off her clothes while bystanders & the person who forced her to eat the Faerie fruit either laugh, take advantage of the MC or ignore the situation. This is acknowledged as wrong later on, but it’s never fully challenged. The assailant is never even brought to justice (for this, at least). There are probably more examples I could find but I don’t want to write a 10 page review. As I said earlier, the MC’s character development was great but any development between Jude and other characters were basically thrown out the window. I would say the bond between Jude and her older sister Vivi were good but I was expecting more. I always want more when it comings to the MC and their sibling(s). Also, the title and the synopsis makes it seem like Cardan is the second biggest character in this book and yet there was hardly any real development between him and Jude. It’s only two thirds in that there’s any real progress. Jude did learn that maybe there was more to Cardan than meets the eye but it was usually through a third party. So, Jude might witness something, without Cardan knowing, or she might learn something about him but from someone else. It was so dissatisfying. How is he “the cruel prince” if he’s always in the background?! The title was possibly referring to someone else (who I won’t name for spoilers) but yeah. Very disappointing. The romance was also terrible! I expected some romance between Jude and Cardan which didn’t happen until the end. What I did not expect was Jude/Locke romance. I’m like okay, maybe it’s a love triangle. Locke turns out to be really sweet, probably the nicest of Cardan’s friends. UNTIL. We find out that Locke is secretly engaged to Jude’s twin sister, Taryn AND that he forbade Taryn from telling anyone, especially Jude. So Taryn is acting weird, always asking Jude what she’s doing with Locke AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE. I’m sorry if this seems unprofessional but this is a really creepy love triangle/square. And at the end, Taryn still wants him, while he wants both of them. Being a Fae is not an excuse for this not to be challenged. The romance was all ruined by this. Also, if my sister chose some creepy guy over me, believe me when I say we’d be having words. I can’t believe I got less Cardan for this!! Obviously the author is really good with plot twists but I did see the ending coming. Did anyone not see it coming? There was a slut-shaming moment/quote I’m including below because it went unchallenged and it could have been done without the slut-shaming. Totally unnecessary. “I turn toward Oriana, expecting another speech about not getting into trouble or even a speech about keeping my legs closed around royalty, but she is too busy pleading with Oak to get out of the road” page 227. For context, Oriana (basically Jude’s stepmother) believes Jude is becoming involved with a Fae prince and she’s warning her that wives and consorts of Fae royalty always end up as pawns. The warning was fine but not the “keeping my legs closed” part. The author could’ve just said something like “don’t be involved with a prince, it always ends bad”. This definitely lost a star. Thank you for reading! Just to rehash, I loved THE CRUEL PRINCE but it has a lot of unchallenged problems and it is important that readers are aware of them. I’d love to know your thoughts on this book, if you’ve read it!
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was not what I expected. Overall, I liked it but the beginning was a bit slow.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A page-turner! I read maybe the first third of the book over a couple of days, then finished the rest in one sitting! Can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised Wow, the first hyped up book of 2018 and I LOVED IT. I'm so surprised. This is also the first Holly Black book I have read so I did not know what kind of author she was. This was so entertaining and amazing in so many ways and I'm glad that the first YA book I've read this year turned out so well. This may seem like a typical 'bad boy' falls in love with good girl but I really do not think so. It was done very well.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay There was a bit too much hype around this book. I personally feel like it was tropey and the writing just really wasn't to my taste.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Unexpected Surprise When I first started reading this I was so sure that I was going to be able to predict everything. Time and time again I was proved wrong. At first glance it seems like your typical fairy story with a moody boy and a girl with no time for it. The prose is as captivating as the characters. The protagonist was beautifully done, as were most of the female characters in this book. It felt like some of the male character's needed, and were worthy, of more development, but perhaps Black plans for this in her sequel. The Prince is Cruel, don't be mistaken the bullying and abuse from some characters is worthy of a trigger warning. However, the story is more than worth the read. I hate to have to wait a whole year for the next book.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This book its great! I loved it, found it to be a bit slow in parts but great overall
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, But Not Perfect "The odd thing about ambition is this: You can acquire it like a fever, but it is not so easy to shed." The Cruel Prince tells the story of Jude, a human girl who was taken away to Faerie after the murder of her parents. It follows her as she deals with living in a world of fae, and tries to make a place for herself amongst them. I have a lot of thoughts about this book. On one hand, I loved it. But on the other, it made me deeply uncomfortable. Fact is, this is not an easy book. Trigger warnings for murder, violence and bullying are more than necessary. It made me feel unwell at times, and still, I had difficulty putting this book down. The story was fascinating, and it was impossible not to get attached to characters such as Jude and Vivi. I loved the political intrigues that were omnipresent within this novel, as they meant that I never knew what was going to happen next. The only thing I guessed was romance-related, and really, I wish I had been wrong because ugh. I also loved how the faerie world wasn't that distanced from the human world, as it made the novel feel like a mix of urban fantasy and high fantasy, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Really, if it wasn't for one thing that happened in the book (that I won't spoil for you, but let's just say it has to do with consent), I would have given it five stars. Still, I recommend reading this book, but please go into it aware of the triggers I mentioned within this review.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! This book was fantastic! Everything from the world, to the complexity of the characters...I'm honestly blown away. It's a very dark book, with very cruel people, aND IT IS SO GOOD.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's okay. This book was nothing super special, but I did enjoy some parts of it. I loved the politics and the character development but I found myself bored quiet a bit. I thought the world building needed some work as well.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life 2.5* Like it was fine. I need to stop reading hyped books just because I'm feeling left out. Especially when I don't have a good history with the author. Fae aren't my favourite creature things. Tricksy things. Lots of politics and scheming as is usual with the fae. I was expecting more from Jude. The last 50ish pages were pretty compelling though. So now I will wait impatiently for the sequel because I suck.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible The writing is truly awful. The author is trying to be mysterious and magical but her sentences were just confusing. She would mention creatures with weird names as if we were supposed to know what the hell she was talking about. “Queen of the Underseas! Totally! I know her well!” I didn’t know what I was reading half the time. The plot was nothing special either. And faeries are somehow IN now? Like how vampires were all the rage after Twilight? But this was just a weird and terrible portrayal. I don’t know why this has such great reviews.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Outlier I'll be one of the few that wasn't blown away. Too many throwaway characters, but some decent surprises along the way. I'm looking forward to the next book as the story picked up in "Part 2" of the novel, but I can't recommend this book unreservedly at this point.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Queen of Faeries Strikes Again Yet another amazing book about faeries by the wondrous Holly Black!!! I was so excited for this book when I first heard about it, and it didn't disappoint!! The characters were realistic and had lots of depth. They were flawed and had experiences that shaped who they were. No one writes faeries like Holly Black. This is why she is one of my favourite authors. She doesn't hide from their nastier aspects. They aren't all romanticized and beautiful and wise. It's all mischief and trickery, cunning and, sometimes, cruelty. And the world of Faerie?? Outstanding. Beautifully written. I also squealed when I came across mention of Severin, a character from her book (a personal favourite) "The Darkest Part of the Forest. It really pulls the world together, I think, that the two books interlink. Maybe her other faerie books will trickle in as well!! This book made me nostalgic for the Spiderwick Chronicles. Because twins, mostly... but also how different the siblings were. At first I thought Jude and Taryn were complete besties and super close, but sh*t happened and things shifted. I think Taryn could become a more interesting (and frustrating) character further into the series. I really enjoyed reading about Cardan, the main prince of the story. He was different from what I expected! I mean, considering the title, I shouldn't have been surprised. Silly me. The ending of this book was EPIC. I wasn't expecting it at all!! I love it when a plot twist actually surprises me :') Jude and Cardan are an interesting pair. I'm not sure where the story will take them, but I definitely want to find out!
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Writing Gotta say, I haven't always enjoyed Holly Black's writing, but this book really blew my socks off. I love the scenes that she paints out for the readers and I really couldn't predict the direction the story would flow. It was actually quite surprised by the time I came upon the ending. Indeed, the characters are cruel and that contributes to the beauty, yet malice of Faerie. Really looking forward to the next book!
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This book had some great plot twists. It is the first book from Holly Black I have read, and it certainly won't be the last.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Predictable premise but some good twists & turns
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay! This was a very well written novel, however it isn't my favourite genre! However if you like this genre, it is definitely the novel for you! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow this was awesome #plumreview This book will have you on the edge of your seat - it has wicked fae, an unexpected love interest, and a kick butt narrator. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read Enjoyable read, look forward to the next book
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good at first...then kind of weird...then kind of meh That just about sums it up. Strange plot...strange relationship between the female and male protagonists. I probably wouldn't recommend this book, but having read it, I will probably skim the next books in the series to see how things play out.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok A friend recommended this to me, and it was wonderful!
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faerie Queen Holly Black does it again with creating a wonderful, wicked world of Faerie filled with anti-hero characters and political intrigue.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Amazing start to the series, can't wait for the next.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Slow Burn! The only book I've read by Holly Black is a vampire story called The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (I highly recommend it!). Now I've been hearing that when it comes to stories of the fae, Holly Black is the Faerie Queen. Thus I was more than intrigued to pick up The Cruel Prince and did it ever wow me! The Cruel Prince was incredible like a snowball rolling downhill gaining in size and momentum. Holly Black took her time crafting the story. With each chapter our knowledge of the world, the magic and the characters (mainly Jude) expanded. It's a masterful tale of deception and betrayal where the end game will leave you shocked and breathless. Jude is neither evil nor pure of heart but she is a character to admire. Her resentment and longing for the faerie world's acceptance led to a string of questionable decisions but she owned all of them. Every. Single. One. Don't underestimate her just because she's a human girl and without any powers. My heart sang in excitement with every unpredictable move she made. I honestly cannot wait for more of Jude! Throughout the story we see time and again just how much Cardan despised Jude. He taunted and tormented her endlessly with both words and actions. Yet, it was hard to miss the line he does draw with his cruelty towards her. There's an underlying uneasiness where those two were concerned. Dare I call it a LOVE and hate vibe because that's how they made me feel. The tension was off the charts and I savoured every minute of it. Oh my gosh the wait for the sequel is not going to be easy. That ending has left me captivated and craving for more. I'm beyond excited to see how Jude will navigate the court and keep things (Cardan) in place. I have no doubt she'll play her part perfectly as she has defied expectation in this first installment. With unforgettable characters and the most dangerous yet thrilling court politics, The Cruel Prince is a book not to be missed. Ms. Holly Black more than lives up to her Queen of the Faeries title!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting New Fantasy Series! If you are a fan of Sarah J. Maas, this book has to be on your list of most anticipated 2018 releases! The Cruel Prince was very well written and such a compelling story that you will not be able to put the book down. This is my first Holly Black book and lets say I was not disappointed. I was immediately drawn into the story as well as loving all the characters. This book will be one of your favourite books of the year! Jude is only seven when her parents are murdered. Along with her two sisters she is now living in the High Court of Faerie. The book begins ten years after where the fey despise humans. Then we meet Prince Cardan, the wickedest son of all of the High King's sons. I really enjoyed seeing the way both Jude and Cardan both interacted throughout the book. But he was definitely cruel to Jude throughout most of the book. He can definitely not be trusted...... or not. Holly Black is well known for writing fantasy featuring faeries. It had a bit of everything like action, drama, romance (you will see!) and tons of surprises that will make you want to throw the book across the room. The ending will not disappoint you, but it will leave you wishing you had the second book in your hands! If you are looking for a great fantasy this is the perfect book for you to start!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An addicting dark fantasy The Cruel Prince was absolutely addicting from start to finish. The writing is as sharp as a dagger; no words are wasted and every raw sentence pierced right through me. I was so completely immersed in this story that I started to lose my grip on reality a little and I was left feeling quite homesick for this wonderfully dark world that Holly Black has created. I found myself tangled up a thrilling story rich with intrigue and secrets that kept me guessing until the last page. It was about as dark a book can be and still be shelved as YA and I’m living for it. This book has teeth and it is out for blood. If you enjoy a good dark fantasy, you won’t want to miss this one coming January 2, 2018. I’ve preordered my finished copy because I’m hopelessly obsessed.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting start to a new series Wow, I was so totally immersed in this tale that I was beginning to forget it was fiction. I loved the characters both human and faery. Their emotions, love, hate and jealousy made them seem real. Jude has spent the past ten years trying to fit in and make herself be accepted by the faery. Her two sisters seem to have found their places and made some sort of peace with General Madoc, the faery who murdered their parents, abducted them and then continued to raise them as his own beloved children. Jude still struggles against his boundaries and the cruelty of her classmates, particularly that of Price Cardan. Things take a drastic turn when she finally decides to stand up for herself. The play off between the faery and humans kept me guessing at what would happen next. I quickly suspected that the motivation of these actions varied from faery to faery, though why seemed very personal to each. Madoc's second wife, Oriana was a surprisingly wonderful addition to the cast. It was hard to determine whether she was the classic wicked step-mother or something else entirely. Author Holly Black wove a wonderful tale that took the reader far beyond it's dramatic beginning. She never let up on the appeal to the emotions of her readers until the last words were read. I couldn't help but cheer on Jude in her antics and urge her sisters to both grow more of a backbone. I look forward to reading more about these characters in book two of The Folk of the Air. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good New Fantasy Read! From the author of The Spiderwick Chronicles comes the first in a new trilogy about a young girl taken from her home in the human world to a fairy kingdom that exists beside the human realm. Once there, Jude must deal with the complications of being a mortal girl living in a world that looks down on mortals as if they are nothing. Amidst her rising ambitions to become more than others take her to be, she becomes caught up on a plot that will change her life forever. I really enjoyed this book. Had I just been given the end of the novel, The Cruel Prince would've been a definite 4-4.5 star read. It echoes the elements of S.J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses series that I loved so much, and I am very excited to see where this series is headed. Jude is a heroine to root for, and I think readers will not be able to help marvelling at her badassery a little bit, just as they did with Katniss or Feyre; she is a well developed and very compelling character. However, the book started a bit too slowly to grab my attention, and at times I felt like the fairy world was a little too thinly drawn. By the end of the novel, though, it really seems as if Black is hitting her stride within this world. The second half of the novel flew by and left me wanting more more more! I have high hopes for the next book in the trilogy. #indigoemployee
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable story, entertaining characters, great read. Enjoyable story, entertaining characters, great read.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous read, fantastic characters, great book. Fabulous read, fantastic characters, great book.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous adventures, great read. Fabulous adventures, great read.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting plot and characters. Awesome read. Very interesting plot and characters. Awesome read.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good story, fabulous read, great characters. Good story, fabulous read, great characters.
Date published: 2017-09-11

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ALA Best Book for Young Adults
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* "A gripping read."
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