The Cruel Prince
By Holly Black
Published By: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Purchase: Amazon – Kindle
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.
Beware, possible spoilers ahead!
Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆
4.5/5 Stars. I loved it so much. This book held so much intrigue. I was constantly wondering when Jude was going to do something badass. Everything about this book is magical. HB did such a wonderful job at bringing this story to life.
Trigger warning for murder, abuse, and suicide.
Plot Rating: ☆☆☆☆
I really enjoyed this story. I also really like that it takes place in modern times. It’s not every fantasy book where in the human world, there are microwaves and televisions. It was a big shocker for me in the beginning.
The Cruel Prince has a unique plot. Jude and her sisters are kidnapped by Madoc after he kills their parents. They are raised in The High Court of Faerie. Jude and Taryn are faced with many obstacles because they are human and the Fae folk do not necessarily care for mortals.
This book just shows how strong Jude is as an individual and as one who is simply mortal in a world filled with immortals who are stronger than her in any and all means.
I was kind of expecting a little romance in this. Cardan and Jude get a little steamy and I wanted more for them! I really hope their relationship blossoms in the future books.
I really enjoyed the politics. There was plenty of drama and bloodshed. I’m pretty excited to see how the politics change in the next book.
Character Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
I really love Jude. She’s a kickass character who doesn’t take crap from anyone. She stands up to those who look down on her. Her growth in this book is magnificent. I just really wish Taryn and Vivi had the same growth instead of being scared and running from their problems.
Okay, so Cardan? I don’t know why but I loved him throughout the entire book. I just knew there was something else going on with him and I couldn’t hate him until I found out what else there was to him. I really don’t care for his drinking problem, but one who has a crappy family probably has an excuse to get drunk so often.
All of the other side characters were very well developed. HB did such a great job with writing a story for just about everyone in this book.
I really liked how she represented faeries. They’re not all good and love humans and I love that she made them hateful creatures. I don’t think I would have enjoyed this book if every faerie loved humans.
World Building: ☆☆☆
As much as I love this story, I’m going to say that the word building could have been a little bit better. I really like how she goes into detail on how to get into Faerie Land. But once you get there, you don’t really get a sense as to what Faerie Land is about. Do they have the same things that humans have in the mortal world?
I just don’t really see Faerie Land being all that different from the human world and I was kind of disappointed in it.
Writing Style: ☆☆☆☆☆
HB made this book whimsical. This book is easy to read and it’s easy to get through. I’ve never read any other book by HB but I can already tell by this book that I will easily be able to pick up another book by her and devour it.
Favorite Quotes: .
“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”
“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”
“Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.”