Hello everyone, today I will be reviewing the Cruel Prince by Holly Black!
Release date: January 2, 2018
Hardcover page count: 384
My rating: 4/5
The Cruel Prince tells the story of Jude, a young girl whose parents were murdered while her and her two sisters were whisked away to the High Court of Faerie. Yet despite of this, Jude still wants nothing more than to fit in this mysterious new world. But many of the Fey despise humans, and none more than prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest prince. To prove her place among the Fey, Jude must defy him and prove her worth all while navigating through royal conspiracies and a kingdom soon at civil war.
When I first began this book, I thought it was slow and wanted to put it down. Various aspects seemed over played and I just couldn't stand it. But boy was I wrong. Both the characters and the plot develops so much during the course of this book and it was for the better. The book ends in a way that you don’t at all expect it to end, and frankly the title does this book wrong.
This book is such a great example of showing instead of telling. Everything had great detail and many layers, at times you think one thing would happen when something else entirely is going on. Several YA cliques are at play in this book, yet the author finds a way to dismiss them and twist them in new ways. I loved the way that Mrs. Black wove in the magic of this world with our world to give a depth to things that we might not have previously thought about. Many fey books often dismiss many things about the real world, yet she does not shy away from the aspect of it.
Power is a big theme in this book. Jude who is a seemingly weak human who can be easily manipulated changes her position quickly, something not so easily done in a book with magic like this. It is breathtaking because in many books with magic, you wither have power or you don't, something which Jude has seemed to over come.
The only reason why I am not giving this book a 5/5 rating is because of the slow beginning but it changes so much over the course of the book that soon the beginning seems obsolete. Of course, there are some annoying bits throughout the book but they can easily be dismissed. I can not get this book out of my head and the more I think about it, the more I love it. Don't hurt yourself by putting this book down because you will not be disappointed.
If you are looking for a magical tale of political intrigue filled with great characters and an ever changing plot, you won’t be let down with this book. If you can last through a slow beginning, you will be happy that you stuck with it. I would recommend this book for older readers because of a few scenes of violence. I can’t wait for book two!
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review! Hopefully if you are bothered by the beginning, you can learn to love it as I have. Let me know in the comments if there are any books that you would like me to check out and review.
Until next time,
Original review posted here: http://teenreaderscouncil.blogspot.com/2018/01/review-cruel-prince.html
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