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The Cruel Prince

[A Quick Note: This series came out years ago and it's extremely popular. Extremely hyped. I'm always nervous about reading hyped books. I don't know why, since I'm so easy to please. This one didn't disappoint! I can't believe I waited so long to start it.]

โ€œ๐‘ฐ๐’‡ ๐‘ฐ ๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’๐’๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Ž, ๐‘ฐ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’”๐’ ๐’Ž๐’–๐’„๐’‰ ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’”๐’†.โ€ โ€”Holly Black

Hype, you say?? It is well deserved! I loved this book. I was hooked from the very first moment. The idea of a human girl getting sucked into faerie was fuel for my imagination. Add in the great character arc, the political intrigue, and the morally gray characters and I was OBSESSED.

I liked the world building for faerie with the different courts, and the idea that their world lives within the folds of ours. I even liked some of the moments when Jude went back to the human world, helping to link them together in my imagination. Makes me hopefully that maybe one day Iโ€™ll stumble on a pocket of the faerie world. sigh A girl can dream, right?? Also, these faeries are portrayed as mean. Real mean. Merciless really. Though, Judeโ€™s adopted father is the perfect example of morally gray. Both loving and cruel at the same time.

Okay, soโ€ฆI was expecting more romance, especially considering all the stuff Iโ€™ve seen with Jude and Cardin. However, the plot and political intrigue was entertaining enough that I didnโ€™t let my own expectations get in the way. Plus, I have a feeling that more romance will come, later in the series. This really set things up perfectly. The hate between Jude and Cardin is so raw and visceral. Iโ€™m HERE FOR IT.

As for the development and characters, seeing Jude come into her own, learn to be monstrous, and navigate faerie was SO SATISFYING. Who doesnโ€™t love an underdog story? She took her own shortcomings and used them to her advantage. She rose above and beat the faeries at their own game. LOVED THAT.

I hope that in future books, Iโ€™ll get to see Cardin also have a satisfying arc. Heโ€™s determined to be lazy and frivolous. He wants to drink and be merry. He wants zero responsibility. I really want to see him come into his own, grow up, and mature. The ending might force him to do this. Speaking of, that ending was SO AWESOME! Loved it!

I loved this book so much that I picked up the second one within minutes of finishing it. Iโ€™m already loving it. Canโ€™t wait it seems where this series goes.

๐‘ด๐’€ ๐‘น๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ: ๐Ÿ“/๐Ÿ“โญ๏ธ


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