The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

Book - 2018
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Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316310277
Characteristics: 370 p. : map ; 24 cm


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Nov 27, 2018

The Cruel Prince is written in an easy style that keeps the reader totally immersed in the story from page one. It is one of those page-turners that makes the reader sad when they come to the last page - even after racing through to see how the story would turn out. Thankfully the second installment in the series is due out in January 2019 and is already available for holds in the SFPL catalog. :-)

Nov 06, 2018

First off, the imagery and world building in this book is amazing. Most books I read, they usually throw all of that information at you in one section of the book and fail to mention it again as if they just wanted to get it out of the way. I'm pleased to say that this is not one of those books. Black kept it consistent and spread it throughout the entirety of The Cruel Prince. It's absolutely magical, in a hauntingly dark way. She created these characters so that they leave us (well at least me) very conflicted. It just goes to show that people aren't created evil, and that it is not a 24/7 job. They are all complex with their own sets of flaws that make them, well, human despite the fact that they (the fairies) are the superior beings. The book is fast paced, the plot well written, and the romance has just enough tension in the love/hate department that it leaves you wanting more.

Oct 28, 2018

The best book I have read in years.

Jul 11, 2018

This is possibly my new favorite book! After finishing the amazing Curse Workers books, I decided to check out more of Holly Black's work, starting with The Cruel Prince. I was extremely glad I did! This book had realistic, complicated characters and fascinating relationships. I thought Madoc's relationship with Jude, as well as Cardan's relationship with her, especially stood out. And the plot was exciting and unpredictable, not to mention the brutal and engrossing world!

SamanthaE_KCMO Jun 22, 2018

The Cruel Prince is a fast-paced fantasy with dazzling imagery and world building so thick you can't wipe the glamour from your eyes after looking up from the page. Jude is an incredibly resilient, realistic character with a thirst for power in Faerie, the magical land where she was brought unwillingly as a child following the murder of her parents. As a mortal, Jude makes up for her "Mayfly life" through grit and a complete disregard for her own safety. The young and cruel prince Cardan is the flint to her steel and the hatred that flares up between them intensifies into an electric rivalry. With fantastic twists and a heroine with a strong and compelling voice, the book will agree with fans of Tamora Pierce and the "Serephina" series

Jun 06, 2018

I read this for the "A Young-Adults Bestseller" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I read this book in one day, it was fantastic. It reminded me both of Tamora Pierce and of Court of Mists and Fury. There were enough twists that I was caught off guard a few times, and I really really can't wait for book 2.

May 24, 2018

This was a total surprise and delight to read. This YA fantasy novel has a Game of Thrones feel to it and some pretty dark plot twists that really blindsided me. The end is to die for. Jude is one of the strongest female protagonists I have seen since Katniss Everdeen. Despite Jude's plight as a mortal in the treacherous High Court of Faerie and the relentless bullying of the youngest prince and his cronies, Jude is determined to overcome. Looking forward to book #2!

Apr 17, 2018

I was disappointed with Holly Black's The Cruel Prince. I read it as part of my 2018 Reading Challenge in the category of a book published in 2018. Black dedicated the book to Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments, who supported Black through the writing process, so I had high expectations. There is a lot of action, but the plot does not seem to come together. The characters are also not well defined.

Apr 12, 2018

Was a good book for Young Adults. Will read the continuation.

Mar 31, 2018

Aw man... I really really wish I liked this book better. It's kind of mixed feelings for this book. There were so many awesome reviews for this book and I was kind of disappointed... But I think it might be my fault for having such high expectations. 3 stars! The book revolves around Jude, a 17-year-old human girl who lives in Faerie. As a child, her and her sister parents died and they were taken to the High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants to become a knight and earn her place in a world where she knows no one will accept her for being a human. One of her major problems is the youngest son of the High King. In order to win her spot, she must defy him and risk her life doing so. Okay, so this book was pretty good overall, but I just found it to be a little boring. Although Jude has a great character, I often found myself frustrated with her. I ESPECIALLY didn't like Locke - He was just ugh. But on the other hand, I adored Prince Cardan, the youngest son of the King. I mean who doesn't love the rude, but sometimes sweet asshole in a book. And closer to the end it says..... "He leans in and closes his eyes. “Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop." But I will say that the plot twists in this book were 5 STARS for sure. I am still really bummed that I didn't enjoy this book better.
- @bibliophile of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Jan 23, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Jude and her twin sister, Taryn, are mortals who have lived in Faerie since they were children, raised by the Faerie general who murdered their parents in order to retrieve his daughter, their half-sister Vivi. Despite this violent beginning, Jude longs to find her place in the High Court of King Eldred, and dreams of knighthood and acceptance. However, many of the high fey will never see a mortal as anything more than a servant, to be used and discarded at will. Worst among these is Prince Cardan, youngest of the High King’s sons, who seems to have a special hatred for Jude, and the way she had been raised as if she were part of the Gentry. When the High King announces that he will abdicate his throne, and pass the Blood Crown to one of his six children, Jude is caught up in political intrigues and violent betrayals, and is quickly reminded why the Faerie Court is no place for humans.


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Jan 23, 2018

What they don’t realize is this: Yes, they frighten me, but I have always been scared, since the day I got here. I was raised by the man who murdered my parents, reared in a land of monsters. I live with that fear, let it settle into my bones, and ignore it. If I didn’t pretend not to be scared, I would hide under my owl-down coverlets in Madoc’s estate forever. I would lie there and scream until there was nothing left of me. I refuse to do that. I will not do that.


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