The Cruel Prince by Holly Black // Book Review

Title: Cruel Prince       26032825

Series: The Folk of the Air

Author: Holly Black

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars!

Characters: 3.5/5 Stars! I felt like the characters were a little underdeveloped. I liked Jude but everyone else seemed like an afterthought. Nothing that special.

Setting: 4/5 Stars! I am including the setting of Fairy Court politics in this grade otherwise it would probably be a lower score. I loved the politics in this book, spies, assassins, military coups it was all so interesting. I wish we had learned a little bit more about the fairy world around them, we get a small look into the world and even a much smaller look into the human lands they live alongside. I would like to know more about what other creatures are in the kingdom and more about what else exists.

Plot: 5/5 Stars! I loved the plot of espionage, sabotage, murder! I really liked Jude. She was tough but for some reason didn’t annoy me. Sometimes I find that writers seem to interpret “tough females” as emotionless and bland cliches. I felt like while jude wasn’t an emotional character, she was a very realistic character and I liked her. I also loved how the book ended. I had a guess how it would end (because of the name of the sequel) but I didn’t know HOW it would turn out and I liked the twists and turns throughout the book. I felt like a little too much time was devoted to how much Jude was bullied in school.

Relationships: 4.5/5 Stars! While the characters might have been a little underdeveloped for my tastes, the relationships I found very interesting! The unique relationships of the sisters and Madoc. Which was different than their relationship to Vivienne. The relationships of the King and his family I wish was elaborated on a little more but it was hardly important in the end. I also really like how the relationships of the sisters were described. I am used to siblings in YA books just being perfect, maybe a petty squabble but annoyingly close and solid. I liked that this wasn’t like this. I feel like Jude and Taryn’s relationship will get VERY interesting throughout the series.  Also, I LOVE enemy to lover tropes. In this book it’s more enemy to reluctant ally but I have hope for my ship in the sequel!

Cover (Not factored into final rating): 4/5 Stars! I liked the cover with the throne and crown better than the cover with the branches. Personally, I don’t like majority white covers.
My Description: All Jude wanted was to earn her place in the Court of Faerie and no longer be seen as a human outcast but when her original plans are dashed she must spy, lie and manipulate to get what she wants. Even if it includes working with her worst enemy.

Goodreads Description:


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.

Like it? Love it? Hate it? I loved it!  Not some whimsical fairy romance but I shouldn’t be surprised since its Holly Black! This story has spunk, violence and betrayals around every corner.

Critiques? Disappointments? Like i said, I wish the characters other than Jude left more of an impression on me, especially Cardan. He needed to have more personality. He was pretty much the spoiled prince whose friends tormented Jude while he sat about and watched.

Conclusion: The Cruel Prince is like no Faerie book I have ever read.

Should you read it? If you want to try out a Faerie series full of action and twisted politics. I would 100% say to read The Cruel prince.


What’s your favorite faerie book? Have you read anything by Holly Black? Let me know in the comments!


Thanks for reading!




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