The book in three words: Reliable, Shallow, Evolving
Title: The Cruel Prince
Writer: Holly Black
Genre: #Fantasy #youngadult #Faeries
Length: 370 pages
My rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Version: Hardcover, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.
I’ve never been very fond of Faeries. Maybe because I have no idea where comes the ”Faeries can’t lie” thing. Would it even be possible to never lie about anything and what would happen if they’d start telling little white lies?
But to the book. At first, I thought I grabbed a book about high school with all the bullying happening in the beginning and to the middle of the book. There were a lot of actions that did not seem logical and I am yet to understand a few of them even that they were explained briefly by the end.
I have to say that I did not enjoy the book much until I was on page 292. The characters seemed weak and I did not find the idea of the story compelling. I do not want to give spoilers so I do not share, but my opinion is that this book got it’s best moments in the last hundred pages. And wow… the three stars came from those pages! Holly Black did not follow regular plot order. She started fast, went really really slow in the middle and blew up everything at the end.
The Cruel Prince from Holly Black is worth reading (even if you are an adult reader). I can promise the Wicked King starts in an exciting place. I already peeked into it 😉
I also found out that there are cameos in this book, so it seems I need to read more from Holly Black. Even if I hate the gossiping, Court of Faeries and the political aspect of these kinds of books.