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 years old 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.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war 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.
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This is probably one of the most anticipated and hyped books of 2018. I have never read a Holly Black book before but Fae stories intrigue me.
When I hear the word Fae, I immediately think about pointy ears, magic, tricks, cruelty and Shakespeare. In The Cruel Prince all of these (except Shakespeare) are present and this is something I really enjoyed about this book.
The characters both intrigued and annoyed me. My favourite character is Vivi but I liked Cardan well enough too. I was at times annoyed by Jude but I understood her most of the time. The charachter I really disliked was Jude's sister Taryn. Her inaction was worse than the actual bullying.
As the title suggests, there is a lot of cruelty in this book. Especially when the highborn Fae bully Jude. I didn't have a problem with the inclusion of the bullying scenes, however, I do have problems with how they were handled. I can understand that Jude wants to keep it secret but the bullying should have been addressed by her teacher and family members. We get it, the Fae are cruel, but seeing as a lot of young adults have to deal with bullying, I feel that this topic should have been handled differently.
Aside from that, I did like the second part of the book more, the bullying was not as present and the action picked up too.
The plot twist at the end made me decide to give this book four stars after all. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, which will likely be different than the first book concerning the issues I have addressed.
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