Friday, January 20, 2023

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black - HIGH

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
, 370 pages. Little Brown, 2018. $13

Language: PG (6 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13 (suicide); Violence: R (violent deaths, blood, abuse) 



Jude is a human girl living in a world of faeries. When she was young, her parents were murdered and she and her sisters brought to a world of danger, treachery, and deception. Now, she wants nothing more to belong in this place where she is scorned for her differences, for her weakness, especially by the youngest and most terrible of the High King's sons: Prince Cardan. To earn her place Jude must play her cards, sharpen her skills, and defy the prince. 

Initially I had mixed emotions about this book. While the writing, worldbuilding, vocabulary, and characters are brilliantly built and used, this novel was off to a slow start. Honestly, while I read it in a single sitting, I didn't care much for it until I finished it and could not get my hands on the next one soon enough! Despite what one may see through TikTok recommendations, this book is much more focused on politics than romance (although the romance is quite spectacular as it is one of the most genuine enemies-to-lovers I have ever had the pleasure of reading). This novel does contain quite a bit of violence. It's "R" rating regarding violence was not due to the acts themselves or the gore (although there is definitely some of that) but rather why they are committed or other circumstances surrounding them.

Sierra Finlinson 

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