Book Reviews

The Cruel Prince, Holly Black

No one ever dreams of seeing their parents killed right in front of them. That is exactly what happened to Jude and her sisters Taryn and Vivvienne. A man they have never met before, Madoc, came into their home and killed both of their parents and then took the girls to raise them as his own. Madoc came in and did this because their mother was actually his bride
During their time in Fairy, Jude is trying to find her way into the society of Fairy, a place where humans are treated as less than dirt. Her goal is to be a part of the royal family’s generals, but her now step father is telling her that he will not endorse her in the games in order to get a spot among the royal family. Taryn, Jude’s twin sister is trying to find a way among the Fae in a different aspect. Taryn wants to blend in, not cause any trouble, and one day marry into a good fairy family and earn her way in that aspect. Vivienne, the only one who is truly Fae wants nothing to do with the fairy folk and wants to go back to the human world. Each of them want different things out of the Fairy world, but Jude is the only one willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants and survive, even if she does not always understand the consequences.
I honestly thought that The Cruel Prince was average. It got so much hype and I really only kind of enjoyed it. The overall story was average of a bad fairy, likes the human he’s not supposed to like and picks on her, but she doesn’t know why. The fairies were nothing spectacular and did not do much that humans couldn’t do other than live for a long time. I just overall was not impressed with this fantasy novel. There are a lot better ones out there in my opinion. I did a complete review with more thoughts on my BookTube Channel, which is linked below! Until next time,
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