BOOK REVIEW: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publication: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Teen, YA Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 416


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SYNOPSIS: (From 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.


I picked this book up I don’t remember where but I got it because it was being hyped up as a great book.  I bought it and placed it on my ever-growing TBR pile.  Fast forward a little bit and I decided to listen to the book instead of reading.   Have I mentioned how much I am enjoying audiobooks?!  I was excited to finally delve into this book or possibly book series if I loved it. 

Jude was a human girl living in the mortal world until all that came shattering down on her when both her parents were murdered in front of her.  Her sister’s bio-dad showed up one day and killed them.  She was taken back to his world and he raised her as his own.  As she grows she realizes she wants more from this life.  She is tired of being mocked by those of the world she now lives in.  Will she find her place? First off, if I am honest.  I absolutely hated this book.  I don’t know why I finished this book, other than I was listening to it and I am not a quitter when it comes to audiobooks apparently.  I couldn’t stand the character of Jude.  She just seems whiney and easily offended.  At the same time, she is manipulative.  Her twin to me is a conniving little B^$#^#.  She holds everything to her chest when half the stuff could have been resolved if she just told the truth from the get-go. 

The people in the story that are main characters that aren’t human which is all but the two that are human, seem to be total dicks.  Maybe that is honestly how the author meant for them to be written but it was just a bit too much for me.   They thought that Jude was completely beneath them and treated her as such.  I  don’t really know what else to say…..I am at a complete loss for words which is really rare for me.  I do know that I will certainly not be checking out the other books in this series.  I have no desire to find out what happens next with Jude and her further adventures of securing the throne.  

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