Review – The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black

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.

I don’t even know where to start. I absolutely loved every vicious aspect and every perfect piece of this book. There are no words for how much I loved this story. The Cruel Prince is one of those books where so many scenes just keep playing over in your head. Scenes with hateful intentions, horrifying occurrences, and ones that makes your heart race faster all blur like a whirlwind constantly.

Each character in this story has something to offer and I love each so much that I don’t even know who to start with. So I’ll start with Ghost because I love each sneaky part of his role and the fact that he’s half human. Then there’s the characters you love to hate, which in this story there are many. I’ll keep names out so I do not spoil anything.

With our protagonists… there’s Jude. Jude is unlike any character I’ve ever read. She’s a human with flaws through and through however she is also cruel. Her behavior really got to me sometimes. Not because she’s ruthlessly badass and harsh but because she almost does it with a blankness, like a shell of someone she doesn’t even know. It’s almost horrifying to watch in the most delicious way.

Then, there’s Cardan who also seems to have multiple personalities of his own. You never quite know where you stand with him, yet he’s the most honest person in the whole story. I totally fell in love with him, and cannot wait to see where his and Jude’s story goes.

There are so many twisted puzzle pieces that put this story together, each more cruel than the other, and it was honestly, in my eyes, perfect.

– 5 out of 5 Splatters – 

Published by Jena Freeth

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