The Cruel Prince by Holly Black *REVIEW*

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Rating: 3/5 Stars

Synopsis: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.

Review:THE. CRUEL. PRINCE……… Where do I even begin? This is a book that so many of my friends love, that I just have put off for a long time. In the month of May I had hit a good stride within YA Fantasy and decided that it was time to tackle this story.
I will start out with this review by saying that I DID have some expectations going in. I expected this angsty enemies-to-lovers romance, and I think that definitely hindered my enjoyment of this a lot. I went in with expectations and the story DID NOT live up to them at all.
In the beginning of the story I felt as if our main character Cardan was overly cruel for absolutely no reason other than to be a complete and utter asshole. I was expecting that, however after a while it got to be too much. You were left with all of his actions still feeling unjustifiably cruel. There is a bit of a redemption plot, but so far in the first book I just couldn’t. By the end of the book I was a little invested in the prospect of a “romance”, however I still was not on board with Cardan completely.
I did really enjoy the character of Jude. You see this young woman who just wants to fit in and be someone important. You constantly see her fighting herself on if she wants to go back to the mortal world or stay in the faerie world. It is very easy to stand by and say “everything would be fixed and easy if you just went back to the human world”, but that is not Jude’s character. She is driven and powerful and a character that I wish I had read at 17.
The one thing that made me fly through these pages was the politics. Although the world building I found to be a bit lacking, the politics were truly the driving force and kept me turning pages all day.
Overall it was not a bad book, and I will continue with the second installment just because I think if the romance kicks up I could really get on board. I do not think it will fall into a favorite of all time, but I think it could be an entertaining read that I need right now. I blame most of my issues with the book on expectations that I had going in, and I blame myself for that.

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