Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

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Oh. My. Gosh. How do I even begin to describe how much I fell in love with this book!? I was blown away! I couldn’t put it down! I finished it and immediately purchased The Wicked King. The author truely out did herself. I was completely immersed in her world and characters.

This. Book. Was. Fantastic. It was right up my alley in terms of genre, I adore YA fantasy. Not only was the story itself beautifully done, the art work within the book was gorgeous as well, fitting to the story and adding another layer to the magic of the whole reading experience. The world building was phenomenal, I could feel the magic of Elfhame leaping off the pages, it was so intently described. Not only did I get that sense of mortal terror with the characters, but the world itself is even described as though it wants nothing more than to devour you whole. Enchanted drinks, poison fruit that makes you feel utter joy to the point of making you completely and utterly compliant and of course, beautiful, cruel fey all come together to create an incredible otherworldly story that sucks you in completely.

The characters were perfection. Even when I found myself disliking, or down right hating a character, it was very hard not to enjoy reading about them and their backstories. We get an incredibly smart and headstrong main character in the form of Jude, a mortal girl who, after seeing her parents murdered, is taken away (by said murderer), along with her half sister Vivi and her identical twin, Taryn, to Elfhame, the land of Faerie! Some characters were wonderfully frustrating, showing character depth and personality differences. I was also pleasantly surprised that not once did I feel bored or annoyed while reading from Jude’s perspective. Occasionally with YA novels I find the main character’s decision making something that really irks me! But not so with The Cruel Prince! The fey themselves are described as having the potential to be down right diabolical and cruel (and handsome! Oh heeeeeyyy Cardan), which is something I really enjoyed. It’s not often you get to read a more traditional take on fairies!

The plot of this book was so well done. There were twists and turns that kept me guessing and revelations I did not see coming! The overall story arc was incredibly gripping and I cannot wait to get my hands on The Wicked King and continue Jude’s story! Until then, you’ll find me at my post box over the next few weeks, waiting impatiently for the next book to arrive! Because of this, I am giving this immersive read 5 stars!

 

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