The Cruel PrinceHolly Black

The Cruel Prince

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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.

The Cruel Prince (Holly Black) Book Reviews

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..Score: 5/5

It’s okJust couldn’t get into it. Found myself skipping a lot of parts just to get to a better part.Score: 2/5

EhHonestly 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..Score: 1/5

Jam packed with intrigue and adventureThis 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..Score: 5/5

It had its flawsI read this book because of popular reviews and I wish I hade loved it like everyone else did. I wish the pacing would not have been so uneven because it would have made the romance portion of the book much better. I must admit that I am a sucker for romance in a novel and because of the pacing no actual character relationships were formed but they just appeared. I found that part very disappointing but I liked Judes motives and so that really kept me interested. Regardless, I have also heard it gets better so I will continue to read the rest of the series..Score: 3/5

AN AMAZING BOOKThis 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..Score: 5/5

Loved it!Read the book in a day! Couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

😍😍Dude this is by far my favorite book of the year, I love Holly blacks writing style and all of the characters in general this book series always had me on the balls of my feet and I am constantly re-reading it you should definitely go read this it’s totally worth it 💯.Score: 5/5

Not terribleI just could really enjoy it until the last few chapters.Score: 3/5

Great read!!This book had a slow start for me, but half way through I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to finish this series..Score: 5/5

DisappointingIt 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..Score: 2/5

Don’t understand the hypeI couldn’t even get halfway through this. No clue why so many people like/recommend it :/.Score: 1/5

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!.Score: 4/5

FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIMEI 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..Score: 5/5

OverratedNow 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..Score: 2/5

Not worth itSo incredibly boring. Skipping chapters from the very beginning...Score: 4/5

Not finished yet, but I will sayI 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.Score: 4/5

MehI heard a lot about this series so I gave it a shot. I like Jude a lot, I thought her growth & journey throughout the book and series was compelling, but I thought the romance was dull. Cardan is not a great male love interest....not really much to like about him. This book tried to do the “enemies to lovers” trope but it just wasn’t well done. The “enemies” have to have actual redeeming qualities and there needs to be sexual tension. There was none to be found here..Score: 3/5

Not greatThe whole book was poorly written. I didn’t feel connected to any character and found myself skipping multiple pages to get through it..Score: 1/5

Invented enemies to loversAmazing characters. interesting plot. it has everything..Score: 5/5

The Cruel PrinceThis 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..Score: 4/5

What a surprise!I loved it! A great read and I look forward to next one!.Score: 5/5

WowThis book is great! It has the the regular YA things which a lot of the time make books boring, but somehow this was great! 100% recommend..Score: 5/5

What the heckFirst, 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!.Score: 5/5

Forever my favoriteThis is always going to be my favorite book. The series get better longer in the series. 10/10 should read.Score: 5/5

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!!.Score: 5/5

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..Score: 5/5

A slow burn that buildsIt took me a couple tries to get through the first bit of this book, but once the story started to take shape, I couldn’t put it down..Score: 4/5

Loved itWas amazing. Definitely better than what I was originally thinking.Score: 4/5

Loved it!!!Jude is amazing!!!! Can’t wait for the second book!!!.Score: 5/5

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 :))).Score: 5/5

I love this book, definitely worth my time and moneyI 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..Score: 5/5

Love this bookThe 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.Score: 4/5

It gets betterAt first I was so excited to start this book, it had promised everything I wanted. The first book was extremely slow but a lot of key moments that led me on and I couldn’t keep the book down, from here it only gets better. Don’t give up like I was about to :).Score: 4/5

AMAZINGI haven’t been able to find any great books that really keep me captivated, but I literally just finished the final book of this series after starting it THREE DAYS AGO!!! You will not regret reading this!! It sort of reminds me of The Red Queen but written in a more fairytale setting (and obviously a different plot)! Pls read!!.Score: 5/5

An Awesome Female HeroineI thought this book was a slow burn romance. I was right, but it’s so much more than that..Score: 5/5

Left me wanting moreThe 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..Score: 3/5

Sooooo goodIt is amazing, and it never fails to leave you surprised either..Score: 5/5

Just amazing and nothing elseIt 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.Score: 5/5

AmazingI love this book it’s amazing read it in two days..Score: 5/5

CONSUMED!!!❤️❤️❤️If you liked “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J Maas, you’ll love this book! I couldn’t put it down! The curve ball at the end brought me to tears. Awesome book! Can’t wait to keep reading!.Score: 5/5

LOVED ITI 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..Score: 5/5

This book is maaad goodThe series gets even better with each book, from the plot to the cliffhangers, ”The Folk Of The Air” trilogy quickly became my favorite book series of all time! I love it!👌.Score: 5/5

DisappointedI 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..Score: 2/5

Adequate for first time readersGreat storyline filled with twists in plots, mixed romance, and aesthetic characters.Score: 5/5

Pretty Cool!The hype was real with this one!. 1) Plot: Has heavy mystery elements, and the plot twists were dramatic and satisfying. 2) Characters: Strong female lead and some of the more complex relationships I’ve read in YA. All the characters bordered on genuine uniqueness and were a pleasure to read. They were clever and flawed in realistic ways. Cardan bordered on clichê but the author handled him really well. 3) World: I’m not well versed in anything to do with Faerie but this book is great at immersing you in the world and culture without info-dumping. 4) Romance! This book had about 4 pages worth of actual romance, because it’s slow burn. As far as the content of those 4 pages: spicy. - Recommend for anyone who doesn’t mind slow burn romances, likes fantasy and drama, and a flawed but strong-willed lead..Score: 4/5

Give it a shotI 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..Score: 5/5

So Good!❤️.Score: 5/5

Holly black you are a geniusThe cruel prince was the first book I got into after reading the Harry Potter series. Let me just tell you that this book is such a good book that will make you want to read the next one. Holly black is a genius..Score: 5/5

Read it.It’s the best. Slow romance burn. Character individuality and growth. Minor predictability with a twist. I can’t wait to start book 2..Score: 5/5

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Loved itI 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!.Score: 5/5

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..Score: 1/5

Good readThe world building was done so well.Score: 5/5

Loved it!I love the world the author created! Loved the story even more🧡.Score: 5/5

Holly BlackYou rock, never change.Score: 5/5

So good!!Amazing read!.Score: 5/5

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