Review| The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)
Holly Black

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UK Publisher: Hot Key Books

UK Release Date: July 28th, 2018
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 370

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Well, well, well... I finally gave in to the hype machine of the book community. And somehow, The Cruel Prince still somehow exceeded my expectations. 

I can be oddly specific I can be about the kind of fae I like to read about, I like dark, twisted and never really knowing where the main character or I stand in trying to figure them out to predict their next move. 

I wanted 'cruel', I wanted 'wicked', and I wanted 'intricate' and that's what Holly Black delivered in her A-game. 

I absolutely loved Jude as a first-person narrator and as the main character. She felt grounded, her motives and how she dealt with them were interesting and believable. I especially like the dynamic that was explored between Jude's sisters and how they have grown into the people they have because of the action's that happened before the events set in The Cruel Prince.

I have some issues with what everyone identifies this book with: the romance between Jude and Carden. On the one hand, I'm glad that the "hate-to-love" aspect wasn't solved within a chapter and seems to be ongoing onto the next book, The Wicked King. However, there are some early instances at the beginning of the book that left me with an unsavory taste in my mouth. For me, they weren't challenged enough to make me completely buy into this relationship set-up (and that's to assume that they will be endgame). Ultimately it was bullying, but I am hoping there is some set up for this to be resolved. 

Top 5 Wednesday| A Lil' Spring Reading

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog group that comes together to discuss that week's topic by putting together a list of five books, tropes, and characters. The idea was first curated by the wonderful Lainey at GingerReadLainey and is now run by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes.

The clocks have moved back and there's a light breeze in the air (who am I kidding, I live in North Wales) and I'm struggling to stay inside and finish my degree. Nothing new.

I am at the most part a mood reader, so you'd think that this weeks topic, Spring Reads, would be an easy one for me. I'll be talking about books that both remind me of spring and that I want to read this season. 

I really enjoy books that either look towards summer (I can't believe I no longer get summer holidays now I'm almost graduated) or look towards winter (my favourite season). 

1. Other Words for Smoke 
Sarah Maria Griffin 

I recently just got this one in the post from TitanBooks and I know that as soon as I finish my current read this is going to be up next. I've been anticipating this books since last summer. This is one of those books that I feel is going to give me that taste of summer with its bi, witchy, feminist fairy tale.

2. The Unbound (The Dark Vaults #2)
V.E. Schwab

We all know I could read V's books all year round. But there is something to be said about her books at the cusp of Spring. The Unbound is the only one of her earlier books that I am yet to give a reread, so I anticipate treating myself with her wonderful words as a treat when my deadlines get a little rough.
3. Nights at the Circus
Angela Carter

I love Angela Carters's stories. The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories are one of my all-time favourite short story collections. I have no idea why her books seem to come up during this time of year (might be something to do with when I was revising for my A-Levels).
4. All That She Can See
Carrie Hope Fletcher

There is a lot of magical realism on this list, and I'm really not that surprised. Maybe it's that fresh breezy air that convinces my mind that there might just be some magic in the world? 
I've read Carrie's two previous works (All I Know Now; On the Other Side) and they were really fun to read. 
5. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)
Deborah Harkness

This might be the longest novel on this list and one that doesn't really say spring to me. However, it is one that I really want to get to and possibly go on to watch the TV adaption that aired last year. 

TAG| The Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hello! Welcome back! Or if you're new to my blog, double Hello!

I was going through my drafts and realized that I had this already written up and ready to post. However, I may or may not have forgotten who originally tagged me. (Editing this in 2019, I still can't find out who, so if it were you - please, let me know so I can link to your blog!) 

The original tag was created by GirlReading!

Right, no more rambling, let's just get straight to it.

1. Do you prefer e-book or physical books?


2. Do you prefer paperback or hardback?

To read? Paperback.
For decoration? Hardback

3. Do you prefer in-store or online shopping?

Online may be cheaper but there is nothing like a good ol' bookshop.

4. Do you prefer trilogies or series?


5. Do you prefer heroes or villains?

Call it my Slytherin side... Villians.

6. What is a book I want everyone to read?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

7. What is one underrated book you would recommend?

Pantomime by Laura Lam
All the Lonely People by David Owen

8. What is the last book you finished?

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

9. What is the last book you bought?

It was a pre-order of The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

10. What is the weirdest thing you have used a bookmark?

I've been thinking of writing a whole blog post on this. A snippet: my cats' paw.

11. Used books, yes or no?

Yes, as long as they are clean.

12.  What is your top 3 favourite genres?

(YA) Romance

13. Borrow or buy?


14. Characters or plot?

Characters (but depends on writing and genre).

15. Long or short books?

Long(er) during the winter.
Short(er) during the summer.

16. Long or short chapters?

No preference.

17. First 3 books that you think of.

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

18. A book that made you laugh or cry.

Laugh: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Cry: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E.Schwab

19. Our world or the fictional world?

Fictional... duh?

20. Audiobooks, yes or no?

Yes, I have anxiety which peeps up as I'm about to sleep. Audiobooks help me switch off and drift off to sleep.

21. Have you ever judged a book by its cover?

Who hasn't?

22. Book to Movie or Book to TV adaptation?

Book to TV Adaption (Good Omens, anyone?).

23. A movie or TV Adaption I prefer to the books?

Don't sue me, I loved the comics growing up (cause Gerard Way stan circa 2010) but Umbrella Academy. Klaus is the love of my life. My love for Robert Sheehan has been reignited, Shadowhunter and Misfits me is quaking. I just loved how they developed the characters and translated it to the screen.

24. Series or standalone?

Again, depends. Both?

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