First, let me give a HUGE thank you to TheNovl for sending me this ARC. “The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black was a book I couldn’t wait to read and when it arrived at my doorstep I was beyond excited. Lately, I’ve been having a bit of a reading slump just because life has been extremely busy but somehow I managed to read through this book in roughly 2 1/2 days. I couldn’t put it down. Let’s jump into the details, shall we?
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.
Oh, and for those who haven’t read it yet, I am going to do my best to give a spoiler free review. I wouldn’t want to ruin any of the mystery and excitement this story has to offer.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
When I first started reading this book I was a bit worried I wasn’t going to like it but I am SO glad I didn’t give up. The book begins almost like a fairy tale. I know you’re probably thinking, “uh, Jen, how is that a bad thing?” It’s not a bad thing, but a rather unexpected thing. Having fallen in love with Sarah J Maas’ world of Prythian and the Fae that dwell inside her novels I was surprised that this book had kept the world building fairly simple. Let me be clear though, simple isn’t a bad thing. The further I read into the story I more I loved the fairy tale feel to it. It reminded me of being small and having someone read me a bedtime story. The more I heard of it the more I loved it and the more I needed to keep reading.
Although the world building wasn’t what I was expecting the characters are what this story is truly about. We are first introduced to Jude and it’s her story we are about to hear. Or is it? As the blurb on the back of the book says, Jude was taken when she was seven to live in the High Court of Faerie with her sisters. That is the only world she truly knows and despite growing up in it, she’s still very much an outsider. As she gets older her longing to be apart of the High Court of Faerie grows stronger and stronger but so do her enemies.
Jude and Prince Cardan attend school together and both hate each other. You wouldn’t think a faerie Prince would even notice a human girl, but that’s where things get truly interesting. Want to know more? You’ve got to read the book. I promised no spoilers but gah! I am dying to talk to someone about this. Read it soon and quick so we can discuss, PLEASE!
There is a lot about Jude’s character that I admire. I think she’s very relatable and while we may not be living among faeries (even though that’s on my bucket list) we’ve all had moments where we feel like we don’t quite belong. We can’t control the lives we find ourselves born into, or in this case, brought into, but we can decide what we will make of them. That’s what Jude discovers and her journey to figuring that out is pretty amazing.
Now let’s talk about Prince Cardan…. oooh, he’s something special. hehe Holly Black has done such an amazing job of writing this character. You will love him and you will hate him. By the end of the novel, your feelings will be so twisted over this guy you won’t know what makes sense anymore. There were so many points in this book that I thought I had it all figured out, Prince Cardan being one of those points, and I was so wrong. This book is filled with surprises and mysteries. When I closed the book I was left truly speechless because I hadn’t been able to predict anything that happened.
Haven’t you ever found that with YA books they can sometimes be a little too predictable? And where is the fun in that? Well not with this book! This book keeps the secrets coming and will leave you begging for Book 2. No, seriously, Holly Black, where is Book 2? You can’t just leave me like this!!!!!!!! *prays to the book gods for more*
Okay, that’s all I can say for now because if I say anything more it will ruin it and I can’t do that to you. Just promise me when January comes and this gorgeous book is on the shelves, you will pick up a copy, read it, and come back to talk to me about it. *pinky promise* I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. I just know you’re gonna love it. Seriously, you will!