The Cruel Prince Book Reviews

Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Book Summary

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes 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.

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Book Name The Cruel Prince
Genre Fantasy
Language English
E-Book Size 22.42 MB

The Cruel Prince (Holly Black) Book Reviews 2024

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I love this book, definitely worth my time and money. I love the plot of the story, and the main character (Jude’s) character development, you can really see how she grows through the story for the better or worse. I definitely recommend this book to people who love fantasy and powerful characters.

Love love LOVE. I read the whole series and I’m just so amazed on how Hollys imagination can come to life in your head. I’m scared I’ll never find a good book like this again 😭 I def recommend!!!

Love this book (spoilers). Amazing!! I loved the plot, the world and the characters! Jude is such a strong main character and I like how, even though she makes some questionable decisions, the reader supports her anyway. The character arch’s were also well written. The negative turn for Taryn and the positive for Carden. I did start this series with the promise that it’s an enemies to lovers book and I’m glad that it’s a slow burn. I dislike it when authors speed up the romance to fit in the first book. Currently, I like the dynamic between Carden and Jude because they definitely have chemistry but there is still a LOT of work that needs to be down before they can come together.

It’s ok. Just couldn’t get into it. Found myself skipping a lot of parts just to get to a better part

I’m in love with this book. This book is definitely one my all time favorites i could reread this series a million times and never get tired of it! I have recommended this book to three of my friends and they loved it just as much. Jude and Cardan are AWESOME! Jude is a QUEEN ♥️♥️!! The character development, imagery, writing style, and plot are all amazing 💋👌🏽. I have read other books by this author and they are all pretty great. Kudos to you Holly Black!

Loved it!!!. Jude is amazing!!!! Can’t wait for the second book!!!

best book on earth. Jude is fr an icon ND BRO CARDAN AND JUDE TG OMG.

Just amazing and nothing else. It kept me awake every night so far! Want to mention that I thought it was a little boring at first and I was expecting the story to finish just like I imagined but BOOM! It ended up unexpectedly and it got exiting after a few chapters. I recommend it to you all

So Good!. ❤️

Nothing special, not horrible.. To start off, this is perfect if you are looking for YA.I was not. Very stereotypical YA fantasy. Reminiscent of a regular teenage storyline with parents, school, and bullying, problems. And of course the romance, which is sparse at best. . I felt like the plot was based off of a ‘regular teenage experience’, then they tried to sprinkle in fantasy as an afterthought. Especially in the beginning. Extremely angsty. None of the characters were very well developed, and you can say the same for the plot. It did get better toward the end, and I was thinking about buying the sequel. It was a struggle for me to stay interested, so I’m going to opt out. Not to my taste.

Don’t understand the hype. I couldn’t even get halfway through this. No clue why so many people like/recommend it :/

Not terrible. I just could really enjoy it until the last few chapters

Best book ever. Better than any other book it has it all from adventure to fantasy to comedy and romance. It is amazing !!!!!

adequate for first time readers. great storyline filled with twists in plots, mixed romance, and aesthetic characters

Not worth it. So incredibly boring. Skipping chapters from the very beginning..

The Cruel Prince. One of my favorite series!

Awesome. Diggity dope

Disappointing. It feels like 3/4 of the book is the author setting the stage and spewing details at the reader and then finally in the last quarter, the plot actually takes place. I wanted to love this book and had high hopes after reading other reviews but this one just didn’t really do it for me.

eh. honestly this book let me down. i dont know if i should read the next book. this book bored me to the point of skipping chapters and the plot felt like it was everywhere. this book did not live up to the hype.

AHHH WHERE DO I BEGIN?. I hadn’t read books this whimsical since I was a kid, but now I have been transported back to faerie realms and otherworldly realities. This book helped me get back into reading in general since I couldn’t put it down for a second! Every single page was packed with interesting information. Jude’s character is very intriguing and different from the everyday usual protagonist, which made me more glued to this book. All the plot twists really had me reading this everywhere at any time. I’d recommend this series to everyone—-regardless of whether they’re a reader or not.

Loved it!. I would love to see a Cruel Prince on screen one day. Dynamic, with it’s own twists and turns, this book will keep you awake at night.

The Cruel Prince. This novel is an interesting read that keeps one motivated and involved in the plot. Those interested in fantasy will be happy, and those interested in debating good versus evil have points to make in this fun imaginative story.

AMAZING. I don’t even know what to say I’m in love with this series

Best Book Ever!. This is the best book i've ever read. I love reading fantasy and dystopian novels and so far this one is the best.

Wow. I may not be much of a reader, but I found this to be a good read. I truly enjoy it not being a super long book, but also having fantasy and angst and romance and betrayal. It keeps me reading, and I enjoy every bit of it.

Best Trilogy. The Folk of Air is now my new favorite trilogy, a real page turner

sooooo good. it is amazing, and it never fails to leave you surprised either.

weird writing. everyone raves abt this book and honestly??? i tried to read it about 3 times, gave up each time, before i tried again for the 4th time and forced myself through it. this books is veryyy slow.. you don't know where the plot is, and none of the characters are particularly likable (maybe that's because the writing doesn't do much to help us much in terms of narrowing down the personality of each character). i went into it knowing who jude romantically ends up with and was uber surprised to find out that jude doesn't even interact with her supposed 'love interest'. jude doesn't look twice at the love interest throughout this entire book: there is no mention from her of him being handsome or any tension between them at all... and then once the love interest basically says 'yea i like you', jude is all the sudden interested and kisses him????? ummmmmm what????? it was very out of left field, left me wondering if i missed some chapters because it was sooo.. random (and again, this is coming from someone who knew that jude ends up with the guy!). i was looking for the signs and there were none. maybe i just prefer a more thorough narrator as a main character, not sure.

Not great. The whole book was poorly written. I didn’t feel connected to any character and found myself skipping multiple pages to get through it.

Not finished yet, but I will say. I am not liking Taryn at all. You can see that Jude will give the world for her and taryn couldn’t care less if she had to drop Jude as long as Is beneficial for her

My favorite book series ever!!. It is by far the best books I have ever read! The plot, the romance, and the drama is just AMAZING! I LOVE IT! ❤️ Cardan is just mwah 😘

What the heck. First, loved all the books. I’m a fan of fantasy books and movies. The perfect book for me !! I actually can’t believe the negative reviews. Even if you don’t like the book, I cannot imagine leaving reviews saying how someone’s time and passion and great intentions was a waste of money and the worst thing ever. People are so weird and removed it’s sad. When you pay for a book you’re doing it already knowing the money is gone. So if you’re that broke to complain about it after then stop buying books. Anyway, great books and I wish there were more in this series talking about their ruling etc! Maybe one day!

AN AMAZING BOOK. This book series has gotten a lot of hype in the past couple of years and when I finally decided to pick up The Cruel Prince I was not disappointed!! Jude is one of my favorite protagonists ever because she has actual flaws. In a lot of books I read the character HAVE flaws, but they’re so small and insignificant that it hardly affects the storyline at all! But Jude Duarte shows vulnerability, raw emotion and all the amazing stuff that you can relate to as a human being. Character development was ON POINT. One second I would love a character and the next I would be wishing them dead. Holly Black played with my emotions throughout all three books in the series. In the beginning I DESPISED Cardin, but now I literally am in love with him. The storyline is also really awesome. A lot of storylines seem forced but this one just flows so naturally I forget I’m even reading!! I don’t usually re-read series, but I will defined be re-reading this one, over and over and over again. If you have not read The Cruel Prince PLEASE read it!! It is one of the best books I have ever read. You will thank me.

FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME. I see a lot of comments saying that this books is hard to get into and I defiantly agree with that. Personally, I had to pick up the book 3 different times just to get past the first 10 chapters. Once I did get past it and really pushed myself to read it I was in love. I’m so glad that I found this series even though it was a rough start. This will forever be my comfort series so please, give it a few more chances if needed.

Disappointed. I love this kind of fairy stories but this one was a big disappointment. I didn’t like any of the characters not a single one of them had a strong connection. I skipped a lot of pages just to see what’s happening next because the story was going on and on with something of no importance. I see that lots if people rated this books 5 stars but i feel that it was just wasted money and i cannot give it more than 2 stars.

LOVED IT. I had very high hopes for this book since I heard great things about it and was definitely satisfied. I loved how this book was not afraid to be “cruel” or uncomfortable and truly value when a book like this is created. Read this please. This book left me in a state of wonder with its colorful and twisted setting.

What a surprise!. I loved it! A great read and I look forward to next one!

Give it a shot. I was super skeptical about reading this book because the summary was not my thing. I just finished reading the series, so I must have fallen in love with the story somewhere along the way.

AMAZING FIRST BOOK. The storyline and plot twists is amazing! The book has been getting hype for a while now and I didn’t know if i should buy the book because of the mixed reviews, but then I realized every book is like that so I decided to pick up the book. I was not disappointed! I like that there’s modern in the story. Overall I Highly recommend the book!

A masterpiece. The character building and world building are genius

Amazing!!. I couldn’t put it down! The suspense, the plot twists, the completely awesome character of Jude was just superb. I haven’t been giddy over a book in a long time and this had me spiraling!! I can’t put into proper words how awesome this read was! I can’t wait to read the other books!!

overrated. now look, i found this book through friends and we take a lot of interest in books with folklore characters. they really messed up with the troupe, because it was obvious the author had tried ‘enemies to lovers’. the ending was really rushed and didn’t make much sense but the beginning to be honest was the entire climax. i wouldn’t recommend this book unless you like bizarre plots.

Love this book. The cruel prince was a fun read!! a little hard to get through in the beginning but once you get to climax the story really starts to get interesting and intense. i did enjoy the romance though i hoped for a little more. O

Great read!. One of the best series I’ve read so far! Love it!💜

Forever my favorite. This is always going to be my favorite book. The series get better longer in the series. 10/10 should read

Left me wanting more. The world building was amazing. I was invested but then there was this weird part that just felt like it would have been cooler a different way. The main character wasn’t very likable and I wasn’t extremely attached to any of the characters.

Jam packed with intrigue and adventure. This beautiful and gruesome start to this magical tale is hard to put down. The world building is fantastic and in depth. The main character is gorgeously flawed and interesting. I love the danger and never ending plot twists that comprise this story.

Meh. I read this entire series within a few days, after just reading the ACOTAR series and the From Blood and Ash series. This series is a MUCH milder version of both, hence the young adult genre. Regardless, I just felt like I was always left wanting more.. and not in a suspenseful way. My 14 year old self may have appreciated this book more.. maybe.. lol. Just not sure why this book is recommended for fantasy adult romance.

Give it a shot!!. I was hesitant, because like others said it did take a little to get used to the writers style- but then I got HOOKED by the story and you will too!

i enjoyed it a lot!!!. i absolutely adore the ending and i love cardan and jude!! the beginning was kinda slow, but about half way through it got very good!! their wasn’t much romance, but i think that made the book better. read this if you liked acotar but want a book with actual plot and a good main character :)))

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I will be re reading till the day I die. I dont read much, and THIS BOOK WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN. I became obsessed with the trilogy very quickly. I could write an essay on Jude I swear. It really is a dark jewel of a book.

Loved it!. I love the world the author created! Loved the story even more🧡

Not my thing.. Let me preface this by saying I was excited to get to reading this book, from all the amazing things I’d heard about it. This was my entry point into the fae craze, so I came into it as a blank slate. I knew nothing of fae lore or courts or worlds, so this book kind of just threw me into it headfirst. There was absolutely no world building in this book, so it was like walking around blind. It relied on its predecessors for the world building, as well as assuming the reader already knew about fae courts and its systems and rules. Which, I did not. The main character didn’t really interest me. I feel like the author tried to mould her into a callous warrior, but I didn’t connect with her motivations at all…nor did I see her as such. She felt flimsy, at best, and a little frustrating in her “defiance”. Her love interest, who is indeed cruel, has a reason why he acts the way he does, but it is explained away in such a hand flick manner that I honestly felt no sympathy towards him. Moreover, there is no build up to the moment he falls for her. It kind of just…happens. I was left feeling underwhelmed and, quite honestly, very disappointed. The plot is…well, I honestly could not tell you. Vaguely, falling in love? Maybe? I will say this, the assortment of characters had the potential to be interesting. When the characters are strong, even if a plot isn’t the focal point of the story, i tend to stick around. I do wish they (that is, the cruel side of the cast) had been allowed to shine more, and had their motivations fleshed out for us to see. Vivi was absolutely my favourite character, and I am of the opinion that the story should have focused around her. Another character in particular interested me in their cruelty, but before anything could be explained, they died. And I simply didn’t have anything keeping me anchored to the story at that point. I don’t know, this just left a sour taste in my mouth. It wasn’t my cup of tea. If you’re into heavy fantastical world building and a fleshed out cast of characters, you won’t find it here. And don’t use this as an entry point into the genre, you will be lost. But if you’ve already got some fae books under your belt, are knowledgeable in general fae lore, and don’t mind a plotless romance, then maybe this will be more your thing.

Loved it. I read the physical book and I loved it. But the wicked king and Queen of nothing (books 2-3) are so much better. If there are any people out there considering reading it the answer is YES!

Meh. VERY PG13. Definitely a book for a younger audience. Felt like I was reading about someone in middle school. Bullies, crushes, arguments with siblings… it all seemed quite juvenile. But maybe that was the intended tone. Just not what I expected from the description.

Good read. The world building was done so well

so good!!. amazing read!

Holly Black. You rock, never change

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The The Cruel Prince book written by Holly Black was published on 02 January 2018, Tuesday in the Fantasy category. A total of 3,726 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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