Book Review for: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
By SAMAMA, Jul 23 2020 08:04PM
Trust me, when I say that The Cruel Prince was the BEST book I read in 2020 so far, it is quite a big deal.
I mean, oh my GOSH how did I not pick this book up before? This book has become my next favorite thing after the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. It was so delightfully unpredictable, I couldn’t even know where the book was leading at all and I LOVED that my smartass mind couldn’t figure it out.
The Faerieland was described so marvelously, and so magically, and so beautifully, and yet I did not wish to visit it as a mortal. Damn, that place was so horrifying for merry mortals. But it’s surely an amazing place to visit if you’re a Fae. Go and have a visit there if you’re a fae and immortal.
Even though I’m a mortal, the intricate and amazingly designed dresses and jewelry made me all greedy to have a real look through their world for some extravagant shopping.
The story started with an epic bang, with Madoc – a greenish skinned fae murdering Jude’s real parents in front of her very eyes in the mortal world when she was only 7, and then kidnapping her and her sisters to his peculiar, interesting Faerieland. Honestly, I had not expected the starting of this book to be so unbelievably intense. And I couldn’t believe how the author made it impossible for me to hate Madoc afterwards even though he did so wrong. That’s a talent that needs appreciation, folks.
My first impression on Cardan: My goodness he’s such an asshole, why did people love him? This was the first time I wanted to kick a boy right in the ass, oh wait, not the first time, the second time. The first boy was my little monster cousin from hell who had decided to make every second of my existence hell when we were at my grandma’s place. ANYHOW, my feelings for him changed so smoothly, and by the end of the book, I was like: Oh my poor baby boy Cardan you deserve all the love of Faerieland and all the happiness there is in your world. However, and I might be hated for this, but him bullying Jude and many other people around him was in no way acceptable, and I will not walk past it until he redeems himself and actually feels sorry about it. I will always have that tiny resentment towards him.
Jude was such an inspirational personality – ask my friend; she buddy read it with me - I loved how she fought with her fear, how she stood up for herself and how she never gave up. My impression on her twin sister, Taryn, was the complete opposite. I could not like her from the beginning, and my hate towards her increased by the end. The way she betrayed her sister by letting her secret boyfriend mess around with Jude’s feelings as she sat and watched, only for winning Locke over was in no way acceptable. I don’t think my feelings toward her would change anytime soon. And Locke. Locke can go straight to hell is all I care about.
Overall, I loved this book so much! It’s a total 5 out of 5 stars from me.