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The Cruel Prince review

370 pages

Published January 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

FIVE BIG FAT SHINING STARS

This being my first Holly Black novel, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I did not expect to absolutely fall head over in heels in love with it. THIS BOOK WAS PHENOMENAL!

Okay, so it starts off with three siblings, one of which is Fae named Vivi. Their mother had spirited away from the faerie world ot the real world after she fell in love with a human. Fast forward a few years and daddy Fae isn’t really happy about mommy’s new setup in the human world….so takes back what is his, plus two more.

Funny thing is, the story doesn’t really follow Vivi at all, but Jude, her human sister. Having been brought to the Fae world and raised by fostered by them, she has a certain bitterness about her. She’s not a Mary Sue, despite my inklings at first, but she’s headstrong and cunning and everything you want in a protagonist

What I loved: Um, everything? How you couldn’t quite tell who was bad or who was scheming or who was on who’s side. The family dynamic and at some points, the lack thereof. The detail put into the Fae world. I mean, all that FOOD HAD ME DROOLING. The world-building was luscious and dangerous.

Some books I fly through but with this one, I actually took my time and read every sentence as if it were honey on my lips. I mean, the writing was that amazing. When I read the last line, I wanted to stand up and clap. Is that weird?

The ending….I was seriously gripping the pages as I was reading. WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR BOOK TWO???

Shout out to Owlcrate for the absolutely gorgeous cover.  I mean, I just want to lick it. Is that also weird?

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