The Cruel Prince Review

Well folks this was very first book by Holly Black and I totally understand why they call her the “Queen of the Faeries”. This book was such an breath taking adventure into faerie.


I wasn’t sure what to expect when picking up this book that I had heard so much buzz about on my bookstagram. I get nervous sometimes picking up super hyped books because I think it makes it harder to live up to aka ACOFAS.

This book on the other hand nailed it pretty spot on. The opening scene had me going reeling like what just happened?! It did have a little bit of a slower start after that initial crazyness, but her world building and bickering between the sisters keep me alive and wondering what each was hiding and planning. I felt the hate of the faerie so much within me as I read Jude’s story and wished I could shove them all off a cliff. I feel like we don’t get enough books where faerie are wicked in such a interesting way. The plot twists Holly weaved in at the ending were even more amazing than the beginning and I’m seriously dying to see what happens next in this faerie world!

“If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back.”

I adored Jude so much, she was such an interesting main character that seriously kept surprising me. Plus her sass and willingness to annoy and fight the faerie as a mortal just wins my heart over. She is simply brilliant and cunning.

“He’s flint, you’re tinder.” 

I do believe I’m on the lower side of opinions of I don’t love Cardan yet. I honestly absoluetly hated him for almost the whole book. I get his background and reasoning for the cruel faerie attitude towards Jude who isn’t faerie in faerie world and being treated equal. I felt though the line of abuse was crossed for me a couple times where I just can’t love him yet, but hes not in the asshole hate category anymore though.


I will definitely be picking up some more of her work while I try to not so patiently wait for the next installment of this series.

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