The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – Review

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Instead of being afraid. I could become something to fear.

– Jude ( The cruel Prince: Holly Black )


You guys, The Cruel Prince was by far my favorite read of 2018! In this post I will go over the pros and cons of the book, character development and overall consensus of the book. Let me just start with a side note, I have become obsessed with this book! I finished it in two days, I couldn’t put the book down. Every second had me attached to see what would happen next.

Holly Black just came out with the next book in the series called The Wicked King. I ordered the special edition from Barnes and Noble. So it should be coming soon! I promise you once you read The Cruel Prince you will drop all other reads and grab the next one!


The Cruel Prince follows the story of a human girl living in a land of faerie. Jude is a young girl just trying to survive the cruel world she was dragged into with her two sisters. When life kept beating her down, she decided to become something to fear instead, she does what she knows best in attempt to make the best of her life in Faerie. Just when Jude thinks she has things figured out, fate takes a turn and her quick wits are tested once again.


Detail: Holly Black did such an amazing job writing this book. Every detail is laid out to flawlessly. I was able to paint a vivid picture in my head of each character and the land they live in.

Storyline: Guys this book got me hooked from chapter one! The story is incredibly easy to follow, I was biting my nails in anxiety of what’s going to happen next. I can’t tell you the last time a book has got me that hooked. Let’s just say, my fiancé thought I fell asleep with all the lights on, but he found me face deep in this book until I was done reading it (200 pages).

Character Development: The characters in The Cruel Prince were relatable, fun and quick witted. My favorite characteristics in characters. Not to mention that i’m obsessed with anything in the Faerie realm. Holly Black provided so much detail in the background of these characters that you fall in love with them (yes even the ones you last expect)! The vivd background of the main character Jude, and the development of the Prince and his group of heathens is vital to the story and you get it all. She left out nothing. Impeccable job.


I HONESTLY HAVE NO CONS TO THIS BOOK! I will say that I wish that there was more development on the story of her sisters. That isn’t really a negative side, you do get some detail of them, ( i’m hoping to get more from The Wicked King) but I wanted to know more about the sisters in a sense of why they are the way they are. Coming from the same background, all three girls developed completely different.

I know… it doesn’t happen often. However it’s hard for me to find cons in a book when I enjoyed it so much, read it in two days and became obsessed. You guys, come on, I even ordered The Cruel Prince bookmarks..


In summary, you guys, make this a read for 2019. Let me know what you think about it.

I completely enjoyed every minute of this book and had to share it with you guys. If you enjoy fantasy and a good lead female character thats a total bad ass, go pick up the book!

4 thoughts on “The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – Review

  1. This looks like such a good book to read! Great review xx

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    1. It was amazing! If your into fantasy books with amazing female lead characters, you should definitely give this series a read!
      Thank you!! xx

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  2. What I liked best about The Cruel Prince is the lack of polarized “good guys” and “bad guys”. Each character had both flaws and strengths. Even someone as bloodthirsty as Mordac could be tender and just at times. It shocked me when Valerian snuck into Jude’s room–I didn’t anticipate what happened and won’t give it away. Though I suspected Locke, I didn’t realize the depth of his treachery. Between the necessity of fitting in and the desire for power, everyone is flawed, and that feels more real. We all have our dark sides, and this book provides terrible aspects of benevolent characters and benevolent aspects of terrible characters. Except Balekin; he seems to be completely evil! Happy reading!


    1. Very well put! I have noticed that Holly Black does this in all her books. It’s magnificent!! Thanks for your thoughts!! Happy reading to you!


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