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This is a previously published cover edition of ISBN 9780316310277 An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found hereOf course I want to be like them They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire They will live foreverAnd Cardan is even beautiful than the rest I hate him than all the others I hate him so much that sometimes when I lo No matter how careful I am eventually I'll make another misstep I am weak I am fragile I am mortalI hate that most of all 4 12 stars Over the course of this year I've read both books that I've liked and books I've disliked I've read books that I've loved and it's fair to say books that are better written uniue and groundbreaking than this book That being said however I am struggling to recall a book that has left me this excited about a YA series in a very long time It seems like forever since I read a completely juicy YA fantasy with just the right amount of drama action surprises nastiness and the tiniest hints at romantic possibility The wait for the next book is going to be tortureHolly Black knows her audience so well She's not kind to us because she knows we don't really want that anyway So of course The Cruel Prince opens with a brutal murder that leaves Jude her twin sister Taryn and their older sister Vivienne at the mercy of the redcap general Madoc Jump to ten years later and the three sisters are all living in Faerie They've been raised as Madoc's own or less and each is trying to find her own place among the beautiful but cruel deceitful but always honest feyFor Vivi return to the human world is the answer For Taryn assimilation and playing by the rules is the only way For our narrator Jude rebellion bloodshed and winning her place in the King's council is what she desires Nicasia's wrong about me I do not desire to do as well in the tournament as one of the fey I want to win I do not yearn to be their eualIn my heart I yearn to best them It is extremely compelling Even before the real drama kicks off in the later chapters I was so wholly pulled into Jude's world The bullying she endures at the hands of her fey classmates adds a heavy dose of unfairness to keep you pissed enough to turn the pages Then we get to the spying secrets betrayals side switching and oh wow can I just have the next book please?In truth not a single character is entirely likeable All are complex than a little flawed and nobody can be trusted Even Jude It's really uite wonderful Cardan the cruel prince from the title is an asshole A drunken bullying selfish asshole And yet and yet We shall seeIn case it wasn't obvious I loved it All the drama is absolutely delicious and while Black does draw on some familiar tropes the world characters and politics feel fresh in her hands It charges to a climax full of surprises and the ending doesn't disappoint Nicely wrapped up but with enough to leave me desperate for the next instalment I can't wait Nice things don't happen in storybooks Taryn says Or when they do happen something bad happens next Because otherwise the story would be boring and no one would read it Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

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Win a place at the Court she must defy him–and face the conseuencesAs Jude becomes 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 itsel Sorry folks I don't get it25? MaybeUnmemorable Another YA fantasy with fairies and humans clichés and cringe romance similar to all the other fantasydystopian books that have been coming out I don't understand the hype because there was nothing I found good in here There wasn't anything horrible either which leaves me with a meh review Won't continue the series Don't recommend it The Burn must defy him–and face the conseuencesAs Jude becomes 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 itsel Sorry folks I don't get it25? MaybeUnmemorable Another YA fantasy with fairies and humans clichés and cringe romance similar to all the other fantasydystopian books that have been coming out I don't understand the hype because there was nothing I found good in here There wasn't anything horrible either which leaves Diary of the Fall me with a The Brides of Rollrock Island meh review Won't continue the series Don't recommend it

Holly Black º 2 Review

Ok at him I can hardly breatheJude 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 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 KingTo WHAT IS THIS BEAUTY Someone please revive me because I am dead from the awesomeness of this bookIf you want to read a masterpiece of character and story look no further The Cruel Prince showcases Holly Black at the top of her game it is exuisitely dark and delightfully wicked set in an intricate world of highlighted sensation the taste of faerie fruit the feel of rich decaying fabrics the smells of dangerous old chambers and populated by a cast of characters that left me dying from feels I mean seriously Jude is a glorious lead a shrewd and determined survivor with exactly the kind of cunning that I love YES And then there are her sisters Cardan The princes of Faerie Her complex family As always Holly's language is as precise as it is beautiful and I freuently found myself pausing to reread turns of phrases because each could pack so much into so few wordsAND THAT ENDING OMFGMy review is not doing the book justice Read this immediately You'll be so grateful that you did


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  1. says:

    “He looks like a faerie lover stepped out of a ballad the kind where no good comes to the girl who runs away with him” If you guys ever want to see what my true heart’s desires are on paper read this book This book is a piece of heaven that was sent from above this book is the perfection incarnate this book is nothing short of magical this book easily makes my top five books of all time list and this book is without a doubt the best book I’ve read in 2017 I’m not sure how I’m even going to attempt to come up with a review fitting for this masterpiece but I’m going to try Okay maybe I should start this review off with a personal story You know full disclosure and all that I was a young girl at the mall with my mom and we walked into a Borders Outlet I’ve always been a rather ravenous reader but at that time in my reading life I was reading only crime thrillers Think things like James Patterson and John Grisham Well while I was perusing the new releases on this autumn day back in the 2007 a worker came up to me and started talking to me about her love for books but importantly her love for fae books She was so kind and warm and enthusiastic I couldn’t help but ask her to pick me one of her favorite fae stories Well she ended up handing me two but one of them was Tithe by Holly Black and this godsend Borders Outlet employee completely changed me and my reading life forever After that day and after I inhale read that book Holly Black became one of my favorite authors and my parents couldn’t keep unread fae fantasy books on my shelves And ten years later I’ve never looked back I’ve been completely obsessed with fae stories ever since And if I ever develop magical powers one of the first thing I’m going to do is track down that Borders Outlet employee and thank her for making me the reader that I am today Okay sappy and heartwarming story aside this book was honestly perfection in every aspect You want fae courts? Bloodthirsty fae royals fighting for a crown? Twists after twists and reveals after reveals? Heartwarming scenes followed by heart wrenching scenes? The slowest and most agonizing but also the most romantic and powerful and rewarding hate to love romance in the world? Pick this book up “Because you’re like a story that hasn’t happened yet Because I want to see what you will do I want to be part of the unfolding of the tale” And the writing? I mean not only is Holly Black the literal ueen of all things fae she is also the ueen at stringing together words that make me feel everything in the entire universe The amount of sticky notes and highlights I have in this book is ridiculous but Holly Black’s writing is so poignant and lyrical and honestly the most perfect thing my eyes have ever seen This entire book reads like one giant tragic ballad yet it is eual parts heartbreak and hope This book is so haunting so dark and so twisted “But I will not stand in front of your happiness I will not even stand in front of misery that you choose for yourself” Jude is a very young girl when she witnesses her parents murder After that terrible night she and her sisters are whisked away by the murderer to live in Faerie Now ten years later Jude is trying to live among the fae while constantly being reminded of her mortal human status Yet she soon gets wrapped up in a very elaborate game from many different sides which will cause a civil war to break out in the Courts of Faerie if the game isn’t played properlyThe High King has ruled for centuries but people feel like it is finally time for him to step down and give the royal crown to one of his children In this world the king chooses his successor; it doesn’t automatically go to the oldest child And the High King has six children in line waiting for him to make his choice Prince Cardan is the youngest son of the High King He is wicked and charming and smart and maybe even a little cruel Oh and he makes Jude’s life a living hell most of the time He’s also one of the best characters I’ve ever read in my entire life And with Cardan comes his group of friends Nicasia who likes power Valerian who likes violence and Locke who likes dramatics but they all love tormenting Jude in very different ways “That’s what comes of hungering for something; you forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down” Even though Jude is the only point of view and is the main protagonist of this amazing story her two sisters play a huge part of this story too Taryn is Jude’s twin who must watch all the torment that Jude endures and Vivi is their older sister and one of the best side characters I’ve ever read She’s uniue and defiant and strong and devoted and her romance with her girlfriend meant everything to me Also Vivi is on the page bisexual and that representation meant even than everything to me Oh and speaking of adorable ueer relationships; Ben and Severin from The Darkest Part of the Forest make a cameo in this and I was crying the happiest tears I don’t think I will ever be over THAT whisper and I’ve just completely accepted that Be still my heartBut Jude is our main character of this story and you can tell from everything that I’ve written above that she doesn’t have the easiest of lives See the fae in this world are very dependent on humans even though they remind them of their lower status constantly because the fae women have a very hard and sporadic time conceiving and bearing children therefore they rely on humans reproducing for them Well Jude doesn’t want that life she wants to make a name for herself and be one of the greatest knights that the Courts of Faerie have ever seenJude is strong willed and very determined but she is also one of the most selfless characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading from She is a very morally grey character yet she will completely capture your heart But she’s young and learning that love comes in very different forms and sometimes we are unable to control what we feel “I stand in front of my window and imagine myself a fearless knight imagine myself a witch who hid her heart in her finger and then chopped her finger off” One of the most beautiful things about this book is that none of these characters are perfect Jude Cardan all of them do bad things and none of them are ever excused of their crimes but they learn to deal with them and the other ramifications that come from their actions I mean none of us are perfect people and we all make bad choices at times But this book accepts that and reflects that but also highlights the importance of growing and becoming a stronger person and picking what battles you choose to fight It’s a truly beautiful message and I really appreciated having a full cast of nonperfect characters that do nonperfect things “But we all want stupid things That doesn’t mean we should have them” Also this is a spoiler free review but I just have to yell from the rooftops say that Chapter 26 is the best chapter I’ve read in all of literature I will fight anyone that says otherwise Chapter 26 tortured me broke up killed me rebirthed me and gave me new life The end of Chapter 25 through Chapter 26 was the most romantic scene my eyes have ever witnessed I feel so blessed to have even been able to read those glorious paragraphs Like I’m a different person after experiencing Chapter 26 When I’m sad or hurt or angry I’m going to reread Chapter 26 so I know the true meaning of this life “like taking a dare to run over knives like an adrenaline strike of lighting like the moment when you’ve swum too far out in the sea and there is no going back only cold black water closing over your head” Also fair warning this book has a cliffhanger ending that puts all other cliffhanger endings to shame Just typing that sentence gave me full body goosebumps by the way Oh and the title of this book is absolute perfection as well This book has touched me in a way that very few books have in my life This is the type of book that reminds me why I fell in love with reading in the first place This is the type of book that makes me believe words have the most powerful healing magic of anything in this world This is the type of book that completely sets my soul on fire and makes me feel utterly enchanted I just know that The Cruel Prince is a once in a lifetime series because this first installment was everything I have ever wanted in a bookHolly Black immerses me captivates me and makes me believe in magic I have no words of gratitude for that and I’m not sure what the world has done to deserve her stories but I will forever be grateful Holly Black helps me forget all the actual cruel princes in our world today and their terrible choices that they are making for all of us And honestly I’d be super surprised if she isn’t an actual fae ueen that just escaped faerie to torture us with real stories that went on while she was ruling Again if you can only preorder one book for the rest of the year please pick The Cruel Prince by Holly Black It’s not only my favorite book of the year it’s one of my favorite books of all time And then read the rest of Holly Black’s work because her books are truly the closest thing to magic and each is a tangible vessel of joy that I have an an unconditional amount of love for “If I cannot be better than them I will be so much worse” Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch Content warnings for bullying talk of suicide and abuse The uotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publicationThank you so much Diana You've completely made my entire bookish life This book means to me than you'll ever know I am forever grateful and will always remember and cherish your kind note Thank you for giving me an ARC of my favorite book 💖Reread December 2018Yeah this is still my favorite book of the year Such a damn masterpiece And rereading this was truly the best holiday gift I could have ever given myself ❤


  2. says:

    No matter how careful I am eventually I'll make another misstep I am weak I am fragile I am mortalI hate that most of all 4 12 stars Over the course of this year I've read both books that I've liked and books I've disliked I've read books that I've loved and it's fair to say books that are better written uniue and groundbreaking than this book That being said however I am struggling to recall a book that has left me this excited about a YA series in a very long time It seems like forever since I read a completely juicy YA fantasy with just the right amount of drama action surprises nastiness and the tiniest hints at romantic possibility The wait for the next book is going to be tortureHolly Black knows her audience so well She's not kind to us because she knows we don't really want that anyway So of course The Cruel Prince opens with a brutal murder that leaves Jude her twin sister Taryn and their older sister Vivienne at the mercy of the redcap general Madoc Jump to ten years later and the three sisters are all living in Faerie They've been raised as Madoc's own or less and each is trying to find her own place among the beautiful but cruel deceitful but always honest feyFor Vivi return to the human world is the answer For Taryn assimilation and playing by the rules is the only way For our narrator Jude rebellion bloodshed and winning her place in the King's council is what she desires Nicasia's wrong about me I do not desire to do as well in the tournament as one of the fey I want to win I do not yearn to be their eualIn my heart I yearn to best them It is extremely compelling Even before the real drama kicks off in the later chapters I was so wholly pulled into Jude's world The bullying she endures at the hands of her fey classmates adds a heavy dose of unfairness to keep you pissed enough to turn the pages Then we get to the spying secrets betrayals side switching and oh wow can I just have the next book please?In truth not a single character is entirely likeable All are complex than a little flawed and nobody can be trusted Even Jude It's really uite wonderful Cardan the cruel prince from the title is an asshole A drunken bullying selfish asshole And yet and yet We shall seeIn case it wasn't obvious I loved it All the drama is absolutely delicious and while Black does draw on some familiar tropes the world characters and politics feel fresh in her hands It charges to a climax full of surprises and the ending doesn't disappoint Nicely wrapped up but with enough to leave me desperate for the next instalment I can't wait Nice things don't happen in storybooks Taryn says Or when they do happen something bad happens next Because otherwise the story would be boring and no one would read it Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


  3. says:

    So where to begin Hype as we know it is uite futile The buzz it ignites is amazing They create this excitement within you that has your mind wandering to all of the possibilities and direction the book can go in Because of the hype I assumed I would enjoy this book I'm uite an easy to please reader so usually when a book is hyped up I tend to enjoy it Or even if I don't I will feel indifferent But this book brought about a rage within me; I hated it with every fibre of my being You may be thinking that because of the fact I 'succumbed' to the hype it ruined the experience for me That was not the case at all I always go in weary but with a sense of optimism when it comes to hyped books As for the book well everything was wrong with it for me Other than the slight addictive uality it had which died for me after I passed the halfway point this book was weak in every sense of the word From the protagonist to the characters the plot and the world building There was no development or growth that brought those aspects to live not even the writing The story line started off uite tragic with Jude's parents being brutally killed off from the bat From that I was expecting some kind of revenge story or emotionally harrowing character development because to witness that when you're young will obviously take a toll But no That wasn't explored Right off the bat our main character goes on to enter some kind of tournament she has no experience in whatsoever There's nothing ingrained within her to take on this challenge no power she embodies intellectually or physically Whilst it took place all I kept thinking about was how flimsy the battle was neither did it feel complete Just rushed Thus this was the narrative the story carried on Our main character had no proper background that we as readers were exposed to in order for us to connect with no experience and neither had she trained to gain any of it throughout the course of the book Everything was just thrown characters and world at the reader and felt as if we were expected to go with the flow and further clarification was not given or explained Event after event took place with no sense of proper progression of the overall plot No aspect to it whatsoever felt substantial or concrete I got angrier as I read on and when it got to the last 50 odd pages I refused to carry on because I couldn't bring myself to care one bit It wasn't that it was even mediocre; the whole book felt pointless to me INITIAL REACTION REVIEWWell I'm pretty sure my soul just died No it is deadI haven't hated a book this much since Caraval and I don't tend to hate books that often I'm indifferent most of the time and I do enjoy a lot of the ones I read But this god I have no wordsReview to come when I can feel againUgh


  4. says:

    If I cannot be better than them I will become so much worse Jude and her twin Taryn are human but their older sister Vivi belonged to another world Their mother fled when she was pregnant with Vivi and escaped to the human world Their mother gave birth to the half fairy Vivi married and soon had Jude Taryn But their little family could not stay hidden Madoc her mother's ex husband belongs to the fae and according to their wild ways he was honor bound to murder their mother for abandoning his family and stealing away Vivi Operating by that same sense of honor he took in the now orphaned children to be raised as his own Father I am what you made me I’ve become your daughter after all Jude and Taryn embrace this wondrous and fearsome world finding their place among the crazed and the creative the beasts and the beauties the tragedies and terrors However as much as they try fairyland is no place for humans If you hurt me I wouldn't cry I would hurt you back As Taryn cringes in fear Jude stiffens her spine If they get tormented Jude taunts back And when Jude is pushed she attacks Cardan looks at me as though he's never seen me before He looks at me as though no one has ever spoken to him like this Maybe no one has Simply a stunning modern fairy tale a la Holly Black The beginning was a bit slow so if you aren't feeling it at the beginning keep going Once the setting and characters are established wow Seriously wow And that ending I literally cannot wait for book 2 Because you’re like a story that hasn’t happened yet Because I want to see what you will do I want to be part of the unfolding of the tale The 2018 ABC Reading Challenge CAudiobook CommentsRead by Caitlin Kelly and she absolutely rocked it An absolute pleasure to listen toYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads


  5. says:

    WHAT IS THIS BEAUTY Someone please revive me because I am dead from the awesomeness of this bookIf you want to read a masterpiece of character and story look no further The Cruel Prince showcases Holly Black at the top of her game it is exuisitely dark and delightfully wicked set in an intricate world of highlighted sensation the taste of faerie fruit the feel of rich decaying fabrics the smells of dangerous old chambers and populated by a cast of characters that left me dying from feels I mean seriously Jude is a glorious lead a shrewd and determined survivor with exactly the kind of cunning that I love YES And then there are her sisters Cardan The princes of Faerie Her complex family As always Holly's language is as precise as it is beautiful and I freuently found myself pausing to reread turns of phrases because each could pack so much into so few wordsAND THAT ENDING OMFGMy review is not doing the book justice Read this immediately You'll be so grateful that you did


  6. says:

    I liked this a lot I completely get why so many people didn't enjoy this and there are plenty of things certain characters do that are inexcusable There were just so many other things about the book that I enjoyed The plot itself was a wild time One of the later chapters had me staring at a wall in a state of disbelief in regards to what had happened The world was such an interesting one to explore I've got to say on this but my mind is just asdfghjkl; after reading it so that's all I've got for now


  7. says:

    Sorry folks I don't get it25? MaybeUnmemorable Another YA fantasy with fairies and humans clichés and cringe romance similar to all the other fantasydystopian books that have been coming out I don't understand the hype because there was nothing I found good in here There wasn't anything horrible either which leaves me with a meh review Won't continue the series Don't recommend it


  8. says:

    I reuire book 2 immediately Holly is the Faerie ueen


  9. says:

    384 pages ZERO SUBSTANCE Unless you call pages littered with problematic shit substanceI don’t get it I just don’t fucking get it ✨ Before This book is my 1st experience with Holly Black It’ll either make or break our future relationship ✨ After Any plans for a potential future relationship is hereby terminated Over Done with Null and void Cancelled you get the point when you go into a book expecting gold and it ends up being your worst read of the year In JanuaryOh the rage


  10. says:

    not a day goes by without thinking how freaking annoying Jude was in this book


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