The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Details

Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: January 2nd 2018
Genres: Fiction, YA, fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

26032825 GoodReads Blurb

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. 

My Review

Fairy books aren’t really my jam, so although I bought this book with my January credit on audible the day it was released because every YA blogger in existence was talking about it, I was reluctant to start it.  However, when my book club meeting got pushed back a month because we were reading a longer book and people needed time to finish it, I picked this one to fill my time between book club audio books– and oh man was this book a ride.

I was drawn in right from the beginning, there is a lot of violence in this book, which I was ready for since its mentioned in most of the reviews I’ve read. There is blood and murder basically from page one. The opening scene is brilliant.

The rest of the book takes place 10 years after that opening scene mostly in the fairy world. The character descriptions of the fae and other creatures int he realm are wonderful. Since Jude, the narrator, lives in the household was is basically the right hand of the soon-to-be-king of Fairy, Jude and her sisters live among the royalty of Fairy, so she is schooled with them and grows up with them. Since she and her twin are mortals, the Fae are bullies which leads to the tension that exists through most of the book.

I believed that the teenage tension between Jude and Prince Cardan was going to be the main tension in the book, but boy was I wrong. This book is filled with adventure, spies, craziness, and all sorts of other things that are high spoilers.

I must mention that when I was about 40% through this book, a friend of mine added the upcoming sequel to her TBR list on Goodreads, and since I have no self-control, despite having spoiled multiple books for myself this way, read the first line of the synopsis for the next book and gave away a big moment toward the end. However, even with that information, I was still pulled in and when that twist came I wasn’t expecting where it led to.

This book is very well written, and the audio by Caitlin Kelly is marvelous. I’m going to recommend the written book as well as the audio if you haven’t had a chance to pick this up yet. I’m not a fantasy reader or a fairy book reader and I loved this book so much.

Definitely pick this one up, folks.

Until next time Internet,


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