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Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

Jude and her sisters were whisked away from their home in the mortal world when she was only seven years old. Raised by the man who murdered their mother, Jude learns to appreciate the world of Faerie and wants nothing more than to fit in. Prince Cardan and his friends make it difficult for Jude and her twin sister, Taryn, to belong. Cardan is as cruel as he is beautiful and he used his power to make the twins’ life a living hell. 

When the High King steps down the entire world of Faerie is thrown into chaos. Jude finds herself at the middle of all of it. Now, she must learn to to navigate her way through the bloodshed, deception, and political uproar happening around her or else lose her place in Faerie for good. 

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the release of this book for months. Now, having read it, I can totally see why. I’ve read some of Black’s other works, but this one definitely surpasses the others.

There were a lot of really interesting characters in this book. Jude felt like she was going to be somewhat predictable until halfway through the story. I loved the unexpected twists that Black threw into the story and the unexpectedness of Jude’s character.

This definitely wasn’t a fluffy YA story filled with teen longing and all that gooey stuff. There was a rawness and darkness to it that was much appreciated. The deceptive political web that Black has sewn for this story is a delicious one. The only thing I would have liked to see more of was more details of the Faerie world itself.

I don’t feel like I can say much else without giving spoilers away. (If you read this and want to chat about it, feel free to leave me a comment!) I look forward to the rest of the series.

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