The Cruel Prince

The cruel prince
By Holly Black

5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

This book was highly talked about last year, so I am a bit behind the curve on this, but wow this was completely worth all the hype. This is the first book by Holly Black I’ve read and now I need more!! This is full of dark stabby characters in a beautiful but unforgiving world. This book was Made. For. Me.

I love characters that are complete assholes and they admit it, but they also know that it is the only way to survive sometimes. That is Jude and Cardan. Jude is a major badass. After watching her parents be murdered and then putting up with loads of hell from the creatures in Farieland she had to harden herself and adapt, and she doesn’t apologize for wanting more power in a world where she is the lowest of low. Cardan is a super jerk, but also there is something about him that is hard not to love. 
The hate between these two characters is a lot of fun to read, which is so different from what we usually see.

Holly Black also creates a vivid world, where almost everything is dangerous and could kill you, but also beautiful and intriguing. The political side of this book is probably the best part (and there are A LOT of great parts!) There are kings, and evil princes and secret societies, and even familial drama. Things are never truly as they seem in this dangerously amazing world!

This book is definitely going on my top favorite books of 2019!!


  1. It’s so funny that everyone who reviews this book has to include the word “stabby” it’s great that we all just kinda made up our own adjective! 😂

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