So I convinced my younger brother (a non-reader) to read my favorite book and it turned out really well. He loved it! It was so much fun to finally talk about a book with someone that actually read it and loved it as much as I did. (No one I know reads the genres I like)
I thought it would be a fun idea to also share this new experience with you guys! So I came up with 13 questions to interview my brother with and dive deeper into his thoughts on the masterpiece that is The Cruel Prince.
Book: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little Brown
My Personal Rating: 5/5 Stars
Interviewee: Hunter- age 19
1.What are your overall thoughts and rating?
“5 Stars. It was fantastic, a really great book! I felt like the main character was really someone I could connect with, like the stuff they went through and the way they handled it was pretty relatable. Jude was dope.”
2. How would you summarize this book to someone else without revealing too much?
“Bad-ass. It is literally WILD. There’s twists and turns, and it hits you in places you don’t expect it. It’s also got a killer story about two mortals in a world full of fairies. But don’t let them fool you, they aren’t Tinkerbell! Plus, you get to follow the struggle of the main character Jude and her trying to find her place in this new realm, so it’s crazy and exciting!”
3. What was your favorite part of the book?
“When Jude took cardan to the court of shadows headquarters and proved herself as a member of the court. When she took charge and made the plan and used her cunning and smarts. I really enjoyed that part.”
4. What was something you disliked?
“I kind of disliked how easily Madoc went downhill at the end. I loved everything leading up to it, but I disliked how ready he was to kill Jude. I understand he is a war general and enjoyed murder, but he also looked at Jude like a daughter, yet he was quick to try and kill her if she got in his way. I honestly didn’t really dislike anything about this book, so I’m just picking that.”
5. Who was your favorite character and why?
“Jude. 100% She is DOPE. She’s a great character with her own set of conflicting morals and her character development is awesome. She wants to be a knight, then a court of shadows member, then she’s thief! Plus, she’s a really dynamic character with complex relationships. Madoc, she hates him but also loves him like a father. Cardan she definitely hates him, but also has some obvious feelings for him. Her relationship with the idea of love is also interesting. She doesn’t want love, then thinks maybe she could love Locke, then is against it again and so on. I loved Jude 10/10 character!”
6.Who was your least favorite character and why?
“This is hard. But I’m gonna have to say Taryn. She willingly lied and turned her back on Jude. Taryn is a coward, and Jude doesn’t back down from a challenge. She blames Jude for all the bad things that happen to them, even though it’s actually all Taryn’s fault for wanting to be with Locke. Taryn is awful! Jude should have killed her in that fight.”
7. How do you like the setting and the world building?
“I thought it was interesting. In my head I wanted everything to be bright, but the book kept reminding me everything happens at night. I thought that little detail explained a lot about who the fairies really are. They are dark too. I like the different take on fairies, I thought that was fantastic. Instead of little tinker bell sweet fairies and stuff, they seem more like orcs to me, and I thought it was cool how they were all described as not really nice or cute. I liked the descriptions of everything. It’s just enough detail to let you paint your own picture of what things really looked like. The only complaint I have about the world and setting is the names. “Fairieland” I don’t like that. It seems child-like. I get that it’s what Jude thinks of it as, but it still kind of bugged me for some reason.”
8. How did you like the writing style?
“I thought it was good. Starting off the book in a third person perspective prologue and then flowing to first person in the story was really cool. I like how we get the prologue from third person because we get everyone’s thoughts kind of, and then the rest of the story from the best character ever: Jude! It was great to read about this young female character and her struggles in a foreign world.”
9. What’s one thing you would change?
“This is a tough one. I think if I had to change one thing about the book, it would be Madoc’s deception. I really grew to like Madoc as a character and then when he deceived Daine, it was all downhill from there. I no longer liked him, and he was basically just an asshole after that.”
10. If you could ask the author one question, what would it be?
“This is one I kind of have to think about… If Madoc had been regent, what would he have done/been like?”
11. If you could read this from a different point of view, whose would you want?
“Madoc’s. I like Madoc he’s like my number 2. He’s a bad ass. I mean he has a hood he put the blood of his enemies on! That’s badass!! I want his entire thought process during the time he’s betraying Daine and all that, not just what he tells Jude.”
12. Will you read the sequel?
13. What would you like to see in The Wicked King?
“Oddly enough I want to see a relationship between Cardan and Jude.”
This was a lot of fun, and I will probably do more of these in the future..? Hope you enjoyed it! ❤️