• Booktastically Amazing

The Cruel Prince

by Holly Black

Spoiler-Free Synopsis:

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.

Excuse me while I go die fangirling. It's unfair how much this book destroyed my capacity to comprehend why I'm not a faerie. Seriously, I can be conniving too! And also very annoying as well, which seems to be the trend with supernatural creatures.

RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.6 (Was it better than Silverlegs? No, no it wasn't. But perhaps I'm extremely biased)

I really liked it. Perhaps even loved this book. Wow. It was just...splendid. Magnificent, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. You get my drift (Cars go vrooooommm. I apologize). The way the characters spoke, the world in and of itself, the betrayal, the mystery, the murder conspiracies, the pain, the heartbreak. This book had it ALL. And I thank the bookish goddesses that this book didn't turn out to be a crook. Because I wouldn't have been able to get over it. Hello? Hate to romance was present, how could I not wish to absolutely adore it? (apart from the fact that it was recommended by a good bookish friend of mine and I don't think her precious heart would've been able to care for me if I said I didn't like it or anything amongst those terrible words. I wouldn't have been able to forgive myself either. *snort*)


This mini no spoilery section will come to a tragic end with the following: THE WRITING WAS AWE-INSPIRING AND, OH LOONIES ON A FOOD HUNT! CARDAN?! HE WAS PERFECTION, HE WAS BEAUTY INCARNATE, HE WAS GLORIOUS, INDESCRIBABLE. As I always say, Jude, I like you, but I need you to step aside. Move. Get out of the premises. You have been evicted. Exiled. Leave. Run away. Die for a few weeks. Just leave me alone with Cardan for a while. Perhaps a few years, maybe a few decades. You know, the usual amount of time to make a YA character fall in love with you.

Let me just take a moment to exercise my restraint to fangirl every two seconds...

Okay, I'm back. This was incredible, truly astounding, greatly...um...add another adjective here if you will. The first thing I got to say is that the greatness of this story came as a surprise. SUCH a great surprise. I'll admit, I started this book with expectations down there with Taryianni's common sense (also, beware, I will absolutely change the names of the characters I absolutely despised). Why? Well because it's been difficult to please my inner reader this past few weeks. Don't ask me why, I have no clue. Things have just been horrible *snort*. ESPECIALLY when I found out about an awesome book I wanted to read, that comes out in December. I almost cried. Internally. Very...emotional stuff.

Alright, let's just get the worst (characters, what I disliked, when the world-building felt thin, things like that) out of the way. Rip it off. Like a band-aid. Or like, a tick. What I most disliked (and perhaps this is my fault above all) was how difficult it was to remember every character and their purposes. Seriously, it's insane how those jumbled in my head. Roiben was mixed up with Rhia, Tatterfell withwith Taracand, Larskpur with Lirriope. Ugh, it just gave me a headache honestly. And really? I don't even know who half these people are...huh. That's kind of sad. And don't even GET me started on how everyone looked. I LOVED the descriptions of certain magical creatures, they were *happy wiggle* astounding, but I forgot about them 5 seconds after reading the paragraph. Which is very unlikely with me because I try (really, REALLY hard) to memorize how everyone looks, their way of speech, how they sound like, because I have a pictographic memory and that way, I don't have to go back and read the descriptions all over again. Everyone had horns apparently, SOMEONE had a tail, another had cat ears, blue hair, sticks in their hair, green skin, purple skin, gowns made of leaves, skin made of rock...the list goes on and on. Which I adore, but again, it was a bit confusing to try to distinguish why Tatterfell looked like a monkey...wait...was it Tatterfell? Wait...no, it wasn't. Was it? Who had thorns though, Valerian? Balekin? Romeo? Othello? THAT'S what this reminds me of! Shakespeare. *deep sigh* It got tiresome to keep them all apart, so I just ignored how they looked and enjoyed the awesome ride which this turned out to be.

Coming up, to give us her own personal opinion in the 'I Hope They Get Killed' segment of this show. Introducing a fangirl from the depths of the most violent deliciously awesome books....give it up for: The Queen Of PRINCES! *talk show music*

My personal list of people who should already die:

Lockalanay: His presence is an absolute nuisance, useless, disgusting, and horribly unsatisfying.

Tariny: She ugh. She's a piece of trash. Literally. A piece of uncultured trash. That people (morons without an inkling of a brain) made into a person.

Barkling: Can you already leaveeeeeeeeeeeee. Can you just expire your rotten milk self? Depart from this life?

Nicasika: Complex she may be, interesting she may seem, but dead she will end. I also can speak poetry, witch, don't try me.

Valerian:... Oh wait, he is. *smirk*

Now that we got the nitty-gritty out of the way, let's talk about three people: Jude, Cardan, and Madoc.

Jude was an absolute warrior, she was so amazingly constructed. It is truly impressive what she accomplished and how she let her vengeful self shine (which so many YA characters shy away from, why?). She was also such a beautiful fighter. At times, she kind of (?) annoyed me, but that seldom occurred.

Cardan. Dear precious, delicious, Cardan. It's insane how many times I squealed, had the urge to punch you, fell head over heels in love, hated you to death, forgave you, swooned, then hated you again. Without counting the fact that the way you speak (I have a tryst with over-elaborate speech, sue me) and when you said "Pardon?", I almost lost it. Seriously, I was rethinking my sanity by that point. And *clears throat* have any of you SEEN fanart about him?! *Fanning myself* Perfection, glorious, majestic, mouthwatering, appetizing, and um…unattainable. Ughhhhhhh.

Madoc. I'll close my review with you. As I have said (many times, over and over again) you are so very complicated! Seriously, I GET your intentions? Your wife ran off with your baby and a guy whom you trusted. Anyone would've been bound to get angry. But really? Killing them? Really? I understand maiming, yes I do, but killing? So it's clear we're supposed to hate you, no? But then you do something like THIS. And I question everything, all over again. Thanks for the tears, by the way.

WHAT IS THAT. WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT?! YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU! And then like, you betrayed us, so you know, not very happy with you. At ALL.


  • The total number of my feelings for this book are insane.

  • Cardan and Jude's kiss. Um...what? I never knew having a knife in hand and being kind of homicidal gave the air of 'Kiss me'... Should I try it?

  • Every mythical creature present. MERMAIDS!!

  • *snort* Cardan's tail. Why oh why people! What caused the author to do THAT. And it's hairless? And with a tuft of black fur at the tip? Oh lord, the giggles are suffocating me. Help.

  • The name Faeriland is atrocious. I'm sorry, but it is. Faerie? Love that name. Add the 'land' to it and suddenly we're on Barney and his friends.

  • The writing was *chef's kiss* perfection.

  • THE END. WHAT IN THE H-E DOUBLE BOOKMARKS WAS THAT?! Like, I knew it was bound to happen, but not so quickly. Also, Oak, you deserve a cuddle.

It is safe to say that it was amazing. Yeah, that's it. That's my closing line.

Also, Cardan, marry me, please. I'm not above a little begging. Also, I am, but like, I just want to ki-

Opinions welcomed! What did you think about Lockanalay? Liked him? Despised him? What about Madoc? Tarni? Feel free to comment below your thoughts!