Author: Holly Black
Publication: January 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
It’s official! I finally did it! I read the Cruel Prince MWAHAHAHA
Ahem . . . but I also have a confession. I ended up annotating this book – GASP!!! I couldn’t help it!!! One moment I was on BookTube browsing through some reviews and I happened to come across an annotation video and down the rabbit hole I went!! But truth be told, I kind of enjoyed my experience . . . cause I had a lot to say about this book!!! LOL
Summary (from GoodReads):
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.
Jude – Intelligent; Defiant; Determined: In a highly dangerous and political world where her kind are treated with the least amount of respect or acknowledgement, I was amazed at the level of endurance and strength she had to maintain her composure and also fight back when necessary. I loved seeing her internal battles as well where she tries to navigate through the world and determine whether she has the qualities of a human or Fae.
Prince Cardan – Wicked; Cruel and Arrogant; I am not sure what to think of Prince Cardan since his treatment of other beings (faerie or mortal) are completely vile and absurd. Although there were moments where I noticed he does have his limits and you do have some sort of empathy towards him, I still do not consider him to be a completely good character – he seems to operate in the gray line . . .
So the Cruel Prince is the first in the Folk of the Air series by Holly Black who is basically referred to as the Queen of Faerie stories and I can see why! This book was absolutely captivating from the start! Within the first 50 pages, the characters and plot already evoked so much emotion from me that I pretty much sensed that this was going to be a five star read. I just could not put it down. Holly Black’s writing is so addictive that I found myself reading one page after another which soon turned into late night reading routine! I have no regrets!
This book was definitely more political than other YA fantasy novels I have read and I found that aspect to be quite refreshing. Throughout the course of the novel, Holly Black was able to place so many bread crumbs hinting at the upcoming climatic moment and she was able to do this so cleverly. AND OMG the amount of twists and turns within this novel had my mind spinning – in a good way of course! There were times when I literally gasped!
On a side note, I found that annotating this book to be really helpful since I was able to read more carefully and fully immerse myself into this fantasy world. I think annotating also helped me retain more info and capture all the details since there was a lot of topics, issues, plot points which were discussed that underlining, tabbing and using index cards and post-it notes really helped me to read more carefully and I found it to be a great experience. I am not sure whether I will continue to annotate all my books but perhaps the ones which I know I am for sure going to enjoy.
But overall, I really enjoyed reading this first novel of this series and I will for sure continue on with the other books!
Have any of you read the Cruel Prince? What were your thoughts on it?
Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!