Review: The Cruel Prince

Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Published: 2018
Page Count: 370
Rating: 5/5

Jude, her twin sister Taryn and their sister Vivienne were taken from their home at the age of seven to Elfhame, right after their parents were killed. In the High Court of Faerie. Jude and Taryn are human but Vivienne is part Fae. And now it’s ten years later and Jude wants nothing more than to be in the High King’s court as part of the knighthood. Taryn wants to fall in love and marry and Vivienne wants to go back to the mortal lands. But Jude and Taryn face obstacles because they are mortal. They face the bullies at school and Jude would love to just tear them down. But the main problem is Prince Cardan, the cruelest of the sons of the High King. Jude hates no one more than she hates him and Cardan hates her right back. But she wants nothing more than to be a part of the High King’s court and if she defy’s Cardan, she may ruin her chances.

This book was FANTASTIC! I’m sure you have seen that it is very hyped and it’s for a good reason. I went into this book with high expectations and they were exceeded. Let me start with the characters. Jude comes across as kind of shy but brave nonetheless. And I saw myself in her a lot. I really connected with her. But she also comes across as kind of morally grey. She seems like she’s willing to do anything to get herself in the High Court. Taryn and Vivienne are mentioned quite a bit but we don’t see much character development of them. Taryn really wants to meet a guy and get married but she keeps a lot of secrets from her sister and I didn’t really like her character when it’s revealed who she plans on marrying. Vivienne is pretty funny. She wants nothing to do with Madoc, who is her father and the man who took the three of them from their home and murdered their parents, so that’s totally understandable. She doesn’t want to go to her studies with Taryn and Jude and really wants nothing to do with this Fae land. She just wants to get back to the mortal lands. Which is really odd because she is the one that is part Fae. Prince Cardan… he’s literally the worst! We do get to see the reason why he is so cruel to Jude, but it still doesn’t excuse his actions. I think that in the second book, we might come to like him, because by the end of this one, I was starting to like him a little bit. Locke was a character, from the beginning, that I was suspicious of and I was right about that. I really didn’t like him and I still don’t like him. What I really like about this Fae story is that, the mortal lands aren’t set in time where there’s no electricity and no cars. They actually mention stores like JCPenney’s and Target and I just liked that it feels like the story is told right now instead of years ago. The world building, could have been better but the plot is really amazing and I just really enjoyed this story. There’s some mystery surrounding it and the unknowing of Jude’s actions, is really enjoyable.

I highly recommend this book and I hope that you pick it up soon! I cannot wait until the next book comes out, even though it’s going to be a while, it’s already on my TBR.


19 thoughts on “Review: The Cruel Prince

  1. I really liked this book as well! Antiheroes are not a new thing, but the way everyone was so morally grey in this book and Jude executing her plans – it was all so exciting and refreshing.

    How do you feel about the characters being fairies? I’ve loved books with them before, but it feels like it’s beginning to become too trendy with Clare and Maas books, so I have conflicting thoughts on it I guess

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    1. I really enjoyed that they were faeries. I’ve only read Maas’ work so I haven’t read a lot of them. But now that you point it out I guess it does seem to be very popular. But I just personally haven’t read a lot of books centered around Fae. So I enjoyed it!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I was nervous about picking it up because I thought I wouldn’t like it. I would go into it with just an average expectation that way it can really blow you away 😊

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  2. Oohh so the hard cover is the black one! :O I love the cover! I think that the black and gold mix is just so perfect, fancy, and classy! I love gold… so maybe that is why XD

    Great post! I like the picture! 😀 and you gave it a really good score! 🙂 I am happy that you liked it! 😀

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