The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Review


Hey-o! I is back with another review and today I’m going to be talking (writing?) about The Cruel Prince. This book has gotten a lot of hype so when I saw that my library had a copy of it and that no one was reading it I got excited. So let’s start with the review.


Name: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Part of a series? Yes, I think it’s a trilogy (The Folks of Air) and the second book comes out on January 8, 2019

Genre: fantasy, young adult, why do you do this to me?


“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 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.

As Jude becomes more 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 itself.”


I did not hate this book. I think that’s a good way to start this post. I did not hate it at all. But I did not love it either. It’s complicated. I don’t know how I feel, this book got me so confused. How should I start?

The story was good at first I found it kind of slow and I had to force myself to continue it, but it got to a point where it started getting faster and suddenly I couldn’t put the book down. It was funny because I was so mad at the book yet I couldn’t put it down. I literally read it in a sitting which is something I don’t usually do. It’s like when you can’t help but laugh at a joke when you’re mad at the person who told it. Why was I mad? This story has a lot of overused clichés and just by reading the synopsis you can already imagine what’s going to happen. Still, it was hard to put down.

The characters were good. I like the characters even though some are based on overused typical characters we see in books, especially in YA. My problems were with how it affected the story. That was the reason why I was so mad at this book.

The world I believe was well develop and interesting. It could get a little complicated if you didn’t understand certain terms, like the names of creatures, but I was able to understand it and that’s saying a lot. I did have some problems with the language and the vocabulary she used but it isn’t a bad thing. If your first language isn’t English at times you might have a hard time following what was going on, at least I had to look up a bunch of words, but that can be just me.

The book was good except for the overused ideas and cliché. It was really good and even when I didn’t love it I couldn’t stop reading it, and yes, I was rolling my eyes out a big chunk of the time, but I would still read the sequel. I’m trying to give it a star rating but nothing seems to fit, so I’m leaving it like this.

Rating: I still don’t know

*update* I decided to give it 3/5* updated on July 6

Well, that was my third attempt at a decent review of this book. Would I recommend? Well, it’s entertaining so why not?

Have you read this book? What did you think? Leave your spoiler-free commends down below.


6 thoughts on “The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Review

  1. You should. I might be a mess but I couldn’t stop reading it. Plus I’m only one and most people seem to love it. I’m just a little done with the way YA writes stories


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