Book Review: The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Review

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Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: January 2, 2018

Synopsis: (As per Goodreads)

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.

My Review

I first heard about this book on Twitter when I noticed that a few book bloggers that I followed were raving about this book and its sequel, The Wicked King. I looked it up on my Libby app, and turns out that my library had a copy available! Lucky me!

I was surprised at how much I LOVED this book. I started reading it at night and ended up staying awake in order to finish it. I could not put this book down.

A few things I noticed:

  • This book takes place in a fairy world but centers around Jude, who is a human. That’s pretty different from other books I’ve read, so that caught my attention. I loved that the characters actually get to visit the human world in this book instead of leaving it behind!
  • Again, Jude is a human….but she wants to be a fairy! Let’s just say that the fairies in this book are not exactly nice.  They are super intense and kind of dark, which I liked. In their eyes, Jude is weak so Jude is always fighting against that mentality.
  • The love story: this is a sloooooooow burn and not much even happens in this book.  When Prince Cardan was introduced, he was such an ass that I actually had to pause my book and re-read the synopsis to make sure that he was the love interest. He’s just that bad!!
  • Cardan and his friends are not really nice in the first half of this book. They really do their best to torment Jude and sometimes I got a little scared for her. That’s probably the only negative aspect of this book for me.
  • There are plot twists galore in this book, which is why I couldn’t put this book down. I had NO idea what was even happening and gave up trying to figure it all out. There is so much political maneuvering and word twisting but I really enjoyed that aspect of the book.
  • I found that I was genuinely interested in all of the characters in this book, which is rare. I wanted some chapters that had other POVs of these different characters because I couldn’t figure out WHY some things were done or said.

I thought that The Wicked King was the final sequel to this book, but turns out that it’s the second book in a TRILOGY!! I can’t wait to read The Wicked King, which comes out January 8, 2019!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


*If you’re interested in purchasing this book, you can find it at Amazon here.



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