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The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers: The Cruel Prince

Guys… I please don’t hate me but… I was really disappointed by this one.

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. – summary

The Cruel Prince


Before we get into the review, I feel the need to mention that this was my first ever Holly Black book, and it will probably be my last. I went into The Cruel Prince with great expectations because I had heard SO MANY good things! SO MANY people gave the novel five stars, so I couldn’t wait to read this glorious novel! Sadly… It just wasn’t my thing.


Ummmm there’s not much to mention here… sorry.

Dain: He was the only character that I actually found a little interesting. He was one of the only reasons I kept reading, because I often found myself wanting to learn more about him and his background.


Wow this section is gonna be a lot bigger… opps

All the rest of the characters: I found that most of the characters just acted like children… No one felt like an actual teen when they were running around and bickering like two year olds.

Lack of tension: Due to my not caring about any of the characters, I didn’t feel any tension throughout the reading. So I never felt the need to keep reading. I felt like I could’ve put the book down at any moment and would’ve been fine.

Plot structure/Pacing: The plot of this novel just feels like a bunch of hardly related events that all surround Jude. It didn’t feel like a fluid plot with a through line to lead the reader throughout the story

It wants to be edgy, but it’s just not… While I said earlier that many characters acted like children, this is true, until the end. Towards the end things actually get pretty bloody and I can tell the novel is just trying to be SO edgy, but it doesn’t work. It doesn’t work when for the entire beginning everyone acts like two-year olds. It just comes off as a jarring tone shift.

The Romance: Ew I didn’t care. Chemistry went from nonexistent to loving each other in .2 seconds making things feel really fake. It needed A LOT more time to develop.


Sooooo… I think you can tell that I wasn’t a fan of this one… I wish I could’ve found more to like but sadly it just wasn’t for me. I was not a fan of Holly Black’s writing style or her plotting and structure so I probably won’t be picking up any of her novels in the future, at least not for a while.

The Spoilers

I’m kinda sad that Dain died, because he was one of the only characters that I really cared that much about… and now he’s dead…

BUTTTTT his death did lead to the story becoming a bit more interesting. His whole death scene reminded me a bit of the red wedding from Game of Thrones (except I didn’t really care about these characters…). His entire death scene was honestly really violent and felt like a major tone shift from the  first half of the novel. However, this darker tone was a lot more of what I expected going into the novel so, while it was jarring, it was a welcome change.

So I mentioned the romance and yeahhhhh I’m not a fan. Enemies to lovers is a trope that RARELY works for me and it definitely didn’t work here. I just felt like Jude went from hating Cadran to wanting to kiss him WAYYYYYYY too quickly. There relationship need AT LEAST another book’s worth of development before I could even THINK about shipping them.

This could’ve been a standalone… so why wasn’t it? Why is this a series? It really doesn’t need to be. The story pretty much wrapped up… I don’t know but I’m curious to see where things go.

Locke: Am I really surprised he turned out to be a bit of a jerk? No. But I don’t really understand why he messed with Jude? Was he really that bored that he just wanted to piss off Jude? Was he really just trying to see what she’d do? I don’t know I don’t understand why he acted the way he did.


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4 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers: The Cruel Prince

  1. I agree with you on everything! My review is a bit more positive (and will be on my blog soon) but I still felt like I missed out on everything other people loved… I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thought about things this way!

    Also, I usually LOVE the enemies to lovers / hate to love romance but this one just came out of nowhere! I did kind of like it a little bit but also I still just hate it so, so much because of all the bullying?! I think that’s what I disliked most about the book, honestly.

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    1. I can’t wait to see your review! Yeah Idk it’s always sad when everyone seems to love something but you just don’t. This just had too many flaws for me that I just couldn’t look past
      UGH YES! I felt like Cardan needed MUCH more time to develop as a character before I could even begin to see him with Jude, bc gosh he was such a jerk! I honestly don’t understand how people ship them. Months from now, that’s probably what I’ll remember most about the book and what I remember annoying me most


  2. Aw, I’m so sorry this one didn’t work out for you! To be honest, I’ve started seeing many negative reviews after the release? I didn’t know it had insta-love, that sounds annoying since I don’t really like the trope. And you disliking most of the characters also worries me a lot, but I’ll still read the book to see where I stand since I haven’t read a book by Black before.
    Great review! ❤

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