The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Hey everyone!

Today I’m bringing to you a review for my first read of 2018! I must say that it was the perfect start to 2018 and I’m so happy with what I read.

This novel is one that I have had my eyes on for a while, and it was pure luck that I ended up going to the bookstore on the very day that this novel was released. (I even got the first copy from the unopened box in the stockroom…)

I’m sure a lot of you who are into reading YA novels have already either read this or heard a lot about it, so I don’t really feel the need to get too into what it’s about. But like all my reviews I will include the goodreads plot summary!

Alright lets get right into it shall we?


Goodreads Rating: 4.42/5
Pages: 384 pages
Published: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.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.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

My Thoughts

I can sincerely say that this novel is something that I needed. After reading An Enchantment of Ravens, I was feeling kind of disappointed with the fey premise (mostly because I didn’t find that book interesting at all). Picking up this book, I hoped that I actually enjoyed the premise of this one, and I did. In this novel I got to meet a whole cast of incredible characters (not all nice) and watching the development of some of the main characters was very interesting as well as surprising. I definitely enjoyed Jude as a protagonist, and watching her growth throughout the novel was very fun to read and see. Jude is someone that you can’t help root for, so I’m very excited to see her growth in the sequel to this novel.The writing in this novel was also very intriguing and easy to get lost in. I had no trouble reading this novel, and frankly I finished it in two sittings so it’s very hard to put it down once you get into it. All in all I have to say that this novel is a great read for anyone looking for a fun and addictive new read. Obviously if you’ve read ACOTAR you are going to love this novel just as much, so if you have read that series… get this book!!

That concludes my review for The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

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Until next time,

Rimpy Toor

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15 thoughts on “The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

  1. I thought for a second that “4.42 rating” at the top was, like, your rating and you had a super specific way of calculating them. Then I realised it was the Goodreads average, and that made a lot more sense, haha. And was a lot less intimidating because wow, that would be some detailed calculation.

    I totally agree that the book was addictive — I was meant to be doing like four other things the day I read it, and instead I just sat in my armchair and read until I was finished. Which is a sign of a great book, right?

    (My review’s here, if you’re interested:

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    1. Haha I wish I had a super specific way of calculating my rating, but alas I just make an “educated guess” of how my feelings transfer over to a number out of 5.

      This book made me seriously excited that I haven’t read Holly Blacks other fae novels, because now I get to enjoy them for the first time!

      I’ll definitely check out your review!


      1. Yeah, I find numerical ratings super difficult. It’s all so subjective — sometimes I give up and just don’t rate things, haha.

        Aww I love all her other YA books. I think Tithe and her other early fairy books do sort of show their age, as they were published in a different era of YA fiction. I love them, but I’m not sure if I’d love them as much if I read them for the first time now? But maybe that’s just me. The Darkest Part of the Forest is more similar to The Cruel Prince, in many ways, because it’s more recent. 🙂

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