Review: Cruel Prince

*This book was sent to me through Netgalley*

Title: Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

My Rating:

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.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war 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 will not directly reveal spoilers but some things I discuss here may give you hints*

This was probably my second book about faeries. I'm not really a fan of this kind of book because I have always found the names for the families and races in the faerie world to be way too complicated for me to be able to remember them.

This book was a pleasant surprise despise all the complicated names though. I really liked the world and its building, the characters and the plot. Why the 3.5 rating then? Let's talk about that.

So the world was really interesting, I really liked the idea of a world living alongside ours and hidden by magic. I hope the author goes deeper into this on the next book in this series.

The characters were interesting even though I didn't like them all.

Jude - I really liked her. She was a strong character but towards the end of the book she really disappointed me. How can you hate someone the way she did and in the end you are starting to fall for this person? I hope she gets to her senses on the next book.

Taryn - Don't like her at all. Weak person and a very bad sister. When Jude needed the most she walked away on her, chose love over sisterhood and she was ok with being cheated on just for the sake of blending in. That's not ok.

Vivi - So freaking sweet. She doesn't have the best attitude towards her father but you can understand that and I don't blame her at all. Her sexuality was briefly exploited in this book. I want to read more about her relationship in the next one.

Cardan - I just the same feeling about him as I have for Snape from the Harry Potter series: Love is not an excuse for bullying.

There's more characters worth mentioning but for the sake of making this post not that long I'm not gonna talk about them. The overall feeling I had with all the characters was I kinda like them but at the same time I kinda hate them. That's one of the reasons why I can't give this book a bigger rating.

The plot twists, because there are a couple, were a mixed bag for me. Some were predictable and some were not. Some I like and some I didn't.

Something else that bothered me with this book was that it felt kinda of rushed towards the end. Like everything started happening in the last 50/100 pages of the book. I must confess though, it didn't feel like enough. I need the next book and I need it now...

Overall I enjoyed this book quite a lot and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA and Faerie.

But we all want stupid things. That doesn't mean we should have them.

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