THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black (Review)

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384 Pages

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.


I kind of went into this blind, going off of the hype I had heard and the promise of a great story about the inner workings of the crown involving the Fae. I had read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown a while back and it was okay, so I didn’t really have many expectations for this beyond that.

Overall, I would say my experience with this book was positive.

I loved all of the surrounding characters – Vivian, Cardan, Oak, etc.

I loved  bveing close to characters with such high power – Fae Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses – amazing!

The story was really great and amazing too.

But what I didn’t so much fall in love with was the main character. I found Jude to be very unpredictable and unreliable when it came to certain things. While this may be what Black intended, I felt that it was handled entirely in the wrong way. Every surprising, critical decision she made, save for the final one, seemed very “fly by the seat of your pants” and almost didn’t make sense in terms of the way her character acted. Needless to say, the MC was not my favorite.

I was also disapointed to find that very critical scenes in the book, such as the final one, where only a couple of pages. I just wished this book would have been more.

Needless to say, I will probably be reading the next installment, and the things I didn’t loved about this book, considering it is the first in a series, are forgivable.


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