Book Review. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. 4 stars.

Warning: Some reviews contain minor spoilers, but I keep the best parts vague. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more reviews and thoughts on reading.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ve been finding it hard to get into books lately, so I’ve been trying all kinds, including YA. I don’t mind YA when the characters are mature enough that I can’t tell most of the time.

What I liked…

The writing. The prose was lovely and suited to the story, age category and general tone based on what I expected. Holly’s style is eclectic while not overindulging in excessive description. 

The obscure relationship between Jude and Cardan, her nemesis. It made sense for her to hate him at first until there were *reasons* why she pitied him. 

Jude’s twisted mind and how faerie and her adoptive father have nurtured her into something dark and murderous. I like it.

Betrayal. Lots and lots of betrayal.

Find the artist here… MorganaOanagrom 

What I didn’t like…

The obscure relationship between the Jude and Cardan. I know I said I liked it, but there were some moments when I thought… girl, wtf are you doing? 

Jude seemed emotionally detached from her sisters, especially her twin, Taryn, when… stuff happens. Even the small stuff felt smoothed over too quickly with little or no afterthought. 

I loved this book for a great plot and complex characters and fun surprises.

Stay tuned for review on books 2 and 3. But spoiler… I liked them too.


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