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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018 at 8:26pm

Jude was seven years old 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. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war 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 is not Holly Black’s first fae novel, and I hope that it will not be her last. When it comes to fae YA novels, these tend to be an auto-buy thing for me. However, not everyone can capture the true fae characteristics that make them cunning and devious. It’s refreshing when a fae enthusiast can still get chills from these stories. Holly Black has held true to the fae identity and crafted a dark enchanting fae novel that will leave you want more.
 
The thing I enjoyed most about The Cruel Prince was the story. The fae felt real and terrifying in every way. This book makes a mortal not want to stumble across the fae courts. It evokes all the elements that captivate mortals, but also brought them into a new light. The scenes felt like reality and it will captivate readers from start to finish. The pace of the storyline was set at a good speed. I felt like I got a lot out of this book without scenes feeling rushed. It had enough action and trickery to keep any reader on their toes. This story felt new, and concepts added were intriguing. The Cruel Prince is the first in a trilogy, and though the ending leaves you wanting more, it wraps up this segment of the tale nicely.

Overall, this book was brilliant from start to finish with captivating elements that will leave readers wanting more. I would highly recommend this book to fae enthusiasts and anyone who would enjoys a darker read from time to time. To all Holly Black fans out there, the queen of faeries has created another enchanting read and I highly recommend picking it up. I give this book a 5 out of 5 star rating

- Sabrina, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

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By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. 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 years old 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.In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war 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.