The Cruel Prince
by Holly Black
***** (5 out of 5)
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I have never been one to pay much attention to future book releases. For starters, before blogging, the only way I knew about an upcoming release was if I was waiting for the next book in a series. But, I am also super impatient, so unless the release date was coming soon or the series was really really REALLY good, I would forget about the release date and move on to other books.
This January while blog hopping, I started to notice a ton of posts and giveaway questions revolving around the most anticipated books of 2018. It was eye opening. I realized that people actually pay attention to future book releases. And not just the next book in the series, but standalones and series starters.
I noticed almost every single list I looked at contained The Cruel Prince. There probably were other books that overlapped the lists, but The Cruel Prince kept catching my eye. I still don’t know how a new book can be so popular before it is even released?!?! As far as I can tell its a mix of the author already being popular, good marketing, and ARCs?
Anyway, I was intrigued. I read the synopsis and it didn’t really sound like a book I would like. It seemed dark and depressing and I didn’t want to read another story about a girl falling in love with an a$$hole who treats her like shit. I wrote it off as a no-go and forgot about it. But then Owl Crate sent it out in their box. I don’t have owl crate, but it piqued my interest again. (Fairy Loot also included it with their box, but I didn’t know that at the time)
Finally, I was at Barnes and Noble searching for Geekerella when I spotted The Cruel Prince on the shelf. It was not in the new releases or any of the featured tables in the main isle. It was just on the normal shelves. The book was turned sideways to display the cover, but there was no other fanfare. After the huge amount of recognition it received from the blogging community, it seemed odd that Barnes and Noble didn’t try to capitalize on it.
After all the hype, it seemed like a sign, finding it among all the other books, so on a whim I bought it. I am glad that I did. I LOVED it! And it feels good to be able to talk about it on blogs, because at this point almost everyone has read it. I feel so much a part of the community of book bloggers and its been super fun to read a totally hyped up book, and its even better because I loved the book.
Alright, I know that is the longest intro ever! Sorry about that, but it just feels so cool with the whole hype and community surrounding this book! Before I get into the actual review here are some really good Bookstagram pics that fellow bloggers have taken that are absolutely amazing and I wish I could do even half as well (Hopefully everyone is ok with me using their pictures! I made sure to credit where I found it! If you have an issue please let me know and I can remove it!)
Source: Beware of the Reader
Source: The Well-Thumbed Reader
Source: Book Dragon Lair
Source: Confessions of a YA Reader
Source: The Wanderlust Reader
Source: Thrice Read
Source: Lair of Books
Source: The World of Celia McMahon
Source: All Booked
Source: Mousai Books
Source: Duo Penotti
Source: Verb Vixen
Alright, this is turning out to be a waaaay longer post than I intended so I will make my actual review short and sweet!
I LOVED this book!
It was dark and twisted but yet it was artful and tasteful at the same time. I hate books where girls fawn over the super hot abusive man and overlook his meanness because they love him so much. Or worse they pretend his meanness is normal or not important. I thought this was going to be one of those books, but it wasn’t. The needless violence doesn’t sit well with Jude and she calls it out when she can.
Jude isn’t perfectly good. You fall in love with her, and she is such a strong character, but there is evil in her. With how she is raised you can’t blame her, and you love her more for it. She fights for what she believes in, even if she has to stoop to the levels of her adversaries.
All of the characters are so detailed (except for oak, I wish we learned more about him) The relationships between the sisters are so realistic. They fight and hate and love each other so passionately. They might not always agree but they will help each other when it really matters.
I could go on and on and on about how amazing I thought this book was, but I promised to try and keep my review short! I would definitely recommend this book!!
Have you read it? If so did you like it? If not, do you want to read it?