Book Review: The Cruel Prince

Book Title: The Cruel Prince

Book Author: Holly Black 

Page Count: 370

Rating: 3 out 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes



Hello Book Friends!  I hope y’all are having a wonderful start to the week!

I’ve been hearing about this book for MONTHS now, ever since it’s release date back in early January.  It has been hyped up and loved and squealed about since then.  It’s now August 3rd and I finally got a copy of it in my hands.  If you read my updated sixth book on my August TBR pile, you will understand the reasons it took me a while to get a copy of this.

I’m typically one of those people who will buy a book AFTER I check it out of the library, you know?  I don’t want to spend a LOT of money on a book I thought was maybe so-so.  Though, if it’s cheap enough, I will splurge on something  much even if I don’t know anything about it.

Anyway, I finally got to download this on my kindle this week, and I read it immediately because its a library e-book and I wanted to finish reading it before I must return it.  I’d almost forgotten I’d requested it!

Normally I don’t intentionally jump into books knowing they’re about faeries, I just accidentally stumble across them and they happen to be Faerie related in the end. ( I’m looking at you, Throne of Glass series.)  However, I DID jump into this one knowing that it had to do with Fae and I’ve stumbled across enough other books to learn a lot about the Faerie worlds, so I wanted to see how this one compared.

As I said in my My August TBR!, I was a little skeptical about reading this one because I am not a fan of others works by this author.  I’m not saying she’s a bad author, I’m just saying that she’s not my style.  You however, may love her works! But it’s been years since I last read something by this author and this has been hyped up so much.

The writing style didn’t bother me as much as it had before so I enjoyed that aspect of it. It was a pretty easy and well written read for me. The plot was intriguing and I liked how the main character wasn’t special in any way – just human like the rest of us. One thing I love about this story (that I’ve also seen in more recently released books so its like a trend now) is that the protagonist can be vicious.  She’s not the villian, but she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants or needs.  I enjoy reading those stories very much.  Another thing that I enjoyed was that there were some very intriguing plot twists that I didn’t see coming. 🙂

I didn’t feel there was much character depth to the antagonists in the story and although their were smaller evil characters that caused the main character to suffer, I didn’t feel that the main antagonist was all that evil in the end. Also, the relationships in this story seemed underdeveloped and I couldn’t relate to main character all that well because of it. Also, I had so many questions at the end of the book that probably could have been answered in this book!

Overall, I thought it was an okay story.  I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it.  I enjoyed certain aspects of it, like the story itself and the creative plots twist. I loved the protagonist’s strong female character and how determined she was to have things her way.  But I didn’t feel that the characters were all that relatable in any way.  While I did understand why certain characters did the things they do, they weren’t all that enjoyable to read about. In the end, it just wasn’t really a book for me, but I would still recommend it to those who enjoy reading about faeries.

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  The Cruel Prince
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Holly Black

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