Review: The Cruel Book-I mean The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Wanted for Breaking Hearts

Rating: 5 Million Stars.

Will I reread it in the future?: oooh yes.


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.


As a testament to how this book shredded my heart; it can be said that it took me months to decide whether to review it or not *sigh* I’ve decided to go for the reviewing.

To be clear, because I was too busy reading and breathing the book in, I did NOT take notes, which means I can not remember any negative remarks I might have had, but there’s nothing huge because I’d have remembered it. Probably. I’m just here to rave and beg you to read it and give an unprofessional impression of myself, because that’s basically my job as a book blogger.

The characters. Can I emphasize enough how complex and well-portraited they are ? Nope. Can I express how much I love the main characters to death ? Nope. Apparently I am incapable of objectivity right now, because all I can tell you, is READ IT. Also the writing style paints beautiful pictures in my head, and the characters are original and memorable. I can still remember a few faces and shudder.

The plot, oh my. In the beginning there’s not much to gasp about, but apparently it was the calm before the storm. I did not know that of course, so I gasped the rest of the book and just like that, it was finished, leaving me gazing, flabbergasted, at the gaping hole of infinite days between me and the release of the next book. To start with, plot twists and cliffhangers and doubts and suspicions and lies mixed with truth covered with half-truths. Basically everything that threw me off left and right. It’s a whirlwind.

The worldbuilding; reminds me of An Enchantment of Ravens, but I won’t complain because I miss that book and it should NOT have been a standalone… What ? I NEED MOAR after all.

As a conclusion: read this book and find me. Please. Also, Holly Black is a new favorite author of mine. Possibly an autobuy too.

Did you read The Cruel Prince ? What did you think ? What are some of your favorite fantasy books featuring faeries ? I’ll see you in the comments x

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