Book Title: The Cruel PrinceWhat did I think?
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Source: I own a Kindle copy
Goodreads, Amazon UK
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Hyped books are a bit hit and miss when it comes to me.
This one is a firm hit!
I devoured it in like a day, I just couldn't stop myself. This is my first book by Holly Black, but it definitely won't be my last.
Now, before I get into why I liked this so much, let me just clarify: this is a young adult fantasy. Just in case you're not into young adult....
It literally starts with the visceral murder of Jude's parents. Right there on page one, I knew I was in for a wild ride. The plot is fast paced and the characters are well developed. I would have liked to see some more world building, because I find the world of the fae fascinating, but I'll be happy with all the wild twists and turns for now.
The Cruel Prince starts out with a bang, followed by a slow build up filled with tension until it feels like the entire book explodes in your hands.
Jude is a great character. She's an underdog who does not give up and will always go down fighting. Truly a character to root for.
Now, where's the second books, please and thank you?