Synopsis The Cruel Prince:
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.
Review The Cruel Prince:
The Cruel Prince is one of those books that gets hyped up so much that it even scares me to start reading it. Because when a book is so hyped the fear of being disappointed becomes all to real. And the first part of this book I was feeling the disappointment settling in. I kept thinking “okay, this is good, but where is the phenomenal story-line?” And then, all of a sudden the book swept me of my feet and I just drowned in it. It swept me of my feet and by the last 80 pages I didn’t want it to finish. I had fallen, deeply in love. But it took sometime for me to find the absolute brilliance that is The Cruel Prince and for that reason alone I just can’t give it 5 stars.
“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”
I think it took me a while to love The Cruel Prince because I needed to adjust a little bit. Holly Black writes Young adult and it means real Young Adult. (Not like Sarah J Maas or Lainey Taylor write YA.) No this is real YA and I needed to get in the right mindset for it. I tend to think everything is a bit childish and needs to be darker and ruder. What can I say, I am an adult and am not so easily swiped of my feet as a once was. So yes The Cruel Prince is real YA, but it is the Game of Thrones version of YA to be honest.
“I have lied and I have betrayed and I have triumphed. If only there was someone to congratulate me.”
People who have been following my reviews know I wasn’t all to fond about The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. One of my main complaints about that book was that it wasn’t dark enough. That the characters never really reacted to all the gloom and horrible things happening around them. Well none of that in The Cruel Prince. The book is dark, with gruesome murders, suicide, bullying, betrayal,… like I said Game of Thrones on a YA level. But the characters also engage and react to all the horrible things that are happening. They are heartbroken and angry. They are out for revenge! So much better executed then The Darkest Part of the Forest.
“That’s what comes of hungering for something; you forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down”
All the characters in The Cruel Prince are flawed, even Jude, the main characters. And I absolutely loved it! I like morally grey characters and because some of their actions were so questionable I just kept turning the pages at high speed. I needed to see where this story was going. And then there of course was Cardan, the cruel prince. A bully, a horrible boy, a complete asshole…. but there is more. I want to gush about what Cardan did to me and how I feel about him, but I can’t, because I would ruin the story for people who haven’t read it. But if you have read it, please let me know cause I am dying to talk to somebody about it!
The Cruel Prince has drawn me in and really touched me. And to be honest it has been quite some time since a book has done that to me. It is dark, with a lit of twists and turns. I loved the main character Jude and the game she played. But that ending…. ow that ending. I just can’t wait for the second part in this series.