The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
5 out of 5 stars.
“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”
Goodreads Description: 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 was sent an ARC of The Cruel Prince from The Novl. (Check out their monthly newsletters for chances to win books from them!) It was just released earlier this month.
I was BEYOND stoked when I got an ARC of The Cruel Prince in my mailbox. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it and I was dying to check it out myself. Most of the time, hyped books aren’t usually my cup of tea. For some reason I never love hyped books as much as everyone else. I was definitely nervous going into The Cruel Prince because of that reason. It’s totally a curse and I don’t know why!
BUT! If you can’t tell by my star rating, I freaking loved The Cruel Prince! This may end up being more a post of me fangirling than a review, just a warning! I got about 30% into the ARC and then I rushed to Barnes & Noble the next day and bought myself my own finished copy. It was so freaking good, you guys! Personally, I thought it was flawless. So many feels! So much excitement on every page. The twists! Holy crap! There were so many of them and quite a few I didn’t see coming at all!
I love the world that Holly Black painted with her words. I loved the characters and I had a love/hate for a couple of them too. You want to hate them, but you secretly love them more. Jude was pretty much kick-ass! I loved her personality, I loved how much a fighter she was. She was hands down one of my favorite characters. Honestly, probably one of my favorites in any book in such a long time. I was rooting for her the entire time.
Taryn and Vivi; Jude’s sisters. I really enjoyed them as characters, but at times Taryn (Judy’s twin) made me a little angry, especially when it came to certain things with Jude; like Jude standing up for herself with the Prince. There was a lot of character developments, like Prince Cardan. He’s wicked, he’s cruel, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. Lots of character development with him and I can’t wait to see how he continue to develop as the series goes on. Madoc is one of those characters where you don’t know if you like him or hate him. There are so many characters in this book though! SO MANY!
Overall, I thought a The Cruel Prince was EVERYTHING! There were so many things happening and it kept you on the edge of your seat and flipping through the pages at top speed. There are so many secrets for Jude to uncover and it gets pretty crazy! I loved this one and I highly recommend picking up a copy! It’s out in the world now, so no excuses! If you want the black cover like me, I got it at Barnes & Noble. I plan to buy the original white cover too, because I loved it that much. 😛
I hope you have a great day!