The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

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Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2018
ISBN: 9780316310307
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Jun 06, 2018

I read this for the "a young-adults bestseller" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I read this book in one day, it was fantastic. It reminded me both of Tamora Pierce and of Court of Mists and Fury. There were enough twists that I was caught off guard a few times, and I really really can't wait for book 2.

May 24, 2018

This was a total surprise and delight to read. This YA fantasy novel has a Game of Thrones feel to it and some pretty dark plot twists that really blindsided me. The end is to die for. Jude is one of the strongest female protagonists I have seen since Katniss Everdeen. Despite Jude's plight as a mortal in the treacherous High Court of Faerie and the relentless bullying of the youngest prince and his cronies, Jude is determined to overcome. Looking forward to book #2!

Apr 17, 2018

I was disappointed with Holly Black's The Cruel Prince. I read it as part of my 2018 Reading Challenge in the category of a book published in 2018. Black dedicated the book to Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments, who supported Black through the writing process, so I had high expectations. There is a lot of action, but the plot does not seem to come together. The characters are also not well defined.

Apr 12, 2018

Was a good book for Young Adults. Will read the continuation.

Mar 31, 2018

Aw man... I really really wish I liked this book better. It's kind of mixed feelings for this book. There were so many awesome reviews for this book and I was kind of disappointed... But I think it might be my fault for having such high expectations. 3 stars! The book revolves around Jude, a 17-year-old human girl who lives in Faerie. As a child, her and her sister parents died and they were taken to the High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants to become a knight and earn her place in a world where she knows no one will accept her for being a human. One of her major problems is the youngest son of the High King. In order to win her spot, she must defy him and risk her life doing so. Okay, so this book was pretty good overall, but I just found it to be a little boring. Although Jude has a great character, I often found myself frustrated with her. I ESPECIALLY didn't like Locke - He was just ugh. But on the other hand, I adored Prince Cardan, the youngest son of the King. I mean who doesn't love the rude, but sometimes sweet asshole in a book. And closer to the end it says..... "He leans in and closes his eyes. “Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop." But I will say that the plot twists in this book were 5 STARS for sure. I am still really bummed that I didn't enjoy this book better.
- @bibliophile of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 27, 2018

First, I love the title. Who is The Cruel Prince? There are a lot of princes to choose from. Which is it really? Or can it be more than one?

Jude is a human girl living in the Fairie world. Her "father" is the man who killed her parents and then swore to take care of her and her sister. For Jude, every day is a struggle. She won't give in to the other highborn fairie children who torture her. She has to make sure she takes all precautions against their wine and some of their food, because they punish her unmercifully for the sin of being human. Jude wants to be a knight, but she settles for being a spy for one of the brothers vying for the throne. The one she thinks may be less cruel than the others. Set in the world that Black has used for various previous stories, it's a pleasure to see both the world building continue, and the multiple skeins of this plot being woven into one terrific story that builds and builds.

Here's where I had to take a star off: Jude, for all of her intelligence, seems extremely obtuse about what's going on. Her scenes with Cardan had me writing notes like "what they heck is wrong with her? Isn't she supposed to be smart?". If you can handle this flaw, even the parts that we see coming are nothing compared to the surprises that Black has in store. I can't wait for the next installment.

LoganLib_Kirra Mar 26, 2018

The Cruel Prince was an enthralling book with a sharp, everchanging plot of deception and power. This book was always surprising me and it was also really addictive because once I started reading it I couldn't stop until a few hours later on the last page. It was the perfect mixture of fantasy, romance, trickery and revenge while also building the story and all the characters involved.

Librarian_Maggie Mar 12, 2018

Great read alike for Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen, except set in land of faerie. It's well done and has enough of a resolution to stand as a single novel, although I'll certainly read the next in the series. Also, I have a little fangirl moment whenever authors dedicate their works to other authors. Love that.

OPL_KrisC Feb 28, 2018

This is a dark tale about a couple of young girls whose parents were murdered and then they were stolen away into the High Court of Faerie. I've read quite a few fairy books and loved the dark twist that this one has. Holly Black does a good job of describing the faerie world and developing her characters. This is the first book in a new series and I can't wait to see how the rest of the series turns out.

Feb 13, 2018

THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black is possibly one of the best Faerie books I’ve read in a long time. Before starting this, I was going through a really bad reading slump. Reading TCP did not feel like a chore. I sacrificed sleep for this book! Sometimes I’ll read a book and even if I’m enjoying it and really need to know the ending, the actual reading part will feel like a chore. I’m really thankful that the hype surrounding this book didn’t get to me and that TCP broke my reading slump. That being said, I had a lot of problems with it.

I think the world-building, the plot, and the protagonist’s character development were excellent. The book’s map confused me a bit in regards to the size of Faerie but the world itself was incredible. I loved that not every Fae you met was gorgeous – there were goblins, trolls, and all manner of creatures. Even the “beautiful” Fae had some animalistic underside to them. In this respect, the author’s vision translated to the reader. The plot’s pacing was great and even if I saw some things coming, I still felt the suspense. Finally, Jude’s character development was amazing and I felt like she really grew throughout the entire book.

I’m a little familiar with Fae folklore and was not surprised to read about a cruel, dark world with violence at every corner. That being said, just because I (an adult, and not the target audience) expected that doesn’t mean the target audience will, or will even understand that some of the elements in this book are not what the real world/real people should actually be like. Some of my problems with this book would be something happening, that makes me include a trigger warning at the top of my review, and that thing being acknowledged but not challenged. I’m mostly worried about a reader connecting with one of these situations and thinking their own situation is standard, when it’s really concerning! Yes this is fantasy but that doesn’t mean a reader won’t connect their real-life situation with some aspect of this book.

For example, at one point in the book the MC is forced to eat Faerie fruit (which is basically a drug to humans) and had a very real chance of being raped or sexually assaulted. I considered it a date rape drug. The MC is compelled to take off her clothes while bystanders & the person who forced her to eat the Faerie fruit either laugh, take advantage of the MC or ignore the situation. This is acknowledged as wrong later on, but it’s never fully challenged. The assailant is never even brought to justice (for this, at least). There are probably more examples I could find but I don’t want to write a 10 page review.

As I said earlier, the MC’s character development was great but any development between Jude and other characters were basically thrown out the window. I would say the bond between Jude and her older sister Vivi were good but I was expecting more. I always want more when it comings to the MC and their sibling(s). Also, the title and the synopsis makes it seem like Cardan is the second biggest character in this book and yet there was hardly any real development between him and Jude. It’s only two thirds in that there’s any real progress.

Jude did learn that maybe there was more to Cardan than meets the eye but it was usually through a third party. So, Jude might witness something, without Cardan knowing, or she might learn something about him but from someone else. It was so dissatisfying. How is he “the cruel prince” if he’s always in the background?! The title was possibly referring to someone else (who I won’t name for spoilers) but yeah. Very disappointing.

The romance is terrible, there was a love triangle/square that became very creepy because of one character's actions. Obviously the author is really good with plot twists but I did see the ending coming. Did anyone not see it coming? Also, there was a slut-shaming moment that went unchallenged and it could have been done without the slut-shaming. Totally unnecessary.

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Jan 23, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Jude and her twin sister, Taryn, are mortals who have lived in Faerie since they were children, raised by the Faerie general who murdered their parents in order to retrieve his daughter, their half-sister Vivi. Despite this violent beginning, Jude longs to find her place in the High Court of King Eldred, and dreams of knighthood and acceptance. However, many of the high fey will never see a mortal as anything more than a servant, to be used and discarded at will. Worst among these is Prince Cardan, youngest of the High King’s sons, who seems to have a special hatred for Jude, and the way she had been raised as if she were part of the Gentry. When the High King announces that he will abdicate his throne, and pass the Blood Crown to one of his six children, Jude is caught up in political intrigues and violent betrayals, and is quickly reminded why the Faerie Court is no place for humans.


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Jan 23, 2018

What they don’t realize is this: Yes, they frighten me, but I have always been scared, since the day I got here. I was raised by the man who murdered my parents, reared in a land of monsters. I live with that fear, let it settle into my bones, and ignore it. If I didn’t pretend not to be scared, I would hide under my owl-down coverlets in Madoc’s estate forever. I would lie there and scream until there was nothing left of me. I refuse to do that. I will not do that.


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