The Cruel Prince
(The Folk of the Air #1) Holly Black ★★★
Nice things don't happen in storybooks. Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.
Another fantasy to satisfy the magic-lover in me! I just can't seem to resist the words: faeries, magic, and witty romance.
The Cruel Prince tells the story of Jude, a girl who's parents are murdered by her step-father fae, and her life as a mortal in Faerieland. Jude faces daily challenges with the fae in her life and struggles to keep up with their jinxes and spells. In tradition, magic of threes:
This novel is...
- 𝓘𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓮𝓼𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓮𝓷𝓰𝓪𝓰𝓲𝓷𝓰
I found Jude's adventurous life interesting to read about, and I enjoyed her mortal challenges. However, the reason why I am rating this book less than four stars is because I felt the characters and the plot at times lacking. While the novel is exciting, I found myself disinterested with Jude and craving to read more about her fae sister, her stepmother, and the other courts. Jude's character tended to put me off, because of her naive nature and insecurities.
- 𝓢𝓾𝓹𝓻𝓲𝓼𝓲𝓷𝓰... 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓷𝓸𝓽
There are many plot twists in this novel that are unexpected, but also this novel is full of predictable elements. Personally, I was able to guess the villains, romance interests, and potential allies from the beginning. Also, as a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas, I was hoping for some more originality from this novel, because lots of it seemed like a 2.0 version of Maas's novels.
As the name of the title suggests, this novel contains cruelty. There's murder, violence, and lots of twisted, corrupted grins. Personally, I'm put off to some extent when characters (especially protagonists) get away with murder without consequences and I find this a major setback in stories. This happened also in "The Cruel Prince" and I disliked how murder was too easily ignored. Maybe it's a faerie-thing? HOWEVER, I did enjoy the nastiness and corruption of the villains.
All in all, I enjoyed the novel, but I am expecting more from the second book in the series. With the cliffhanger, I'm definitely on the course of continuing the series!
PS. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓫𝓮𝓰𝓲𝓷𝓷𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓸𝓯 𝓮𝓪𝓬𝓱 𝓬𝓱𝓪𝓹𝓽𝓮𝓻 𝓲𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓷𝓸𝓿𝓮𝓵 𝓲𝓼 𝓭𝓮𝓬𝓸𝓻𝓪𝓽𝓮𝓭 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱 𝓷𝓪𝓽𝓾𝓻𝓮-𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓶𝓮𝓭 𝓲𝓵𝓵𝓾𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓼. 𝓘 𝓪𝓭𝓸𝓻𝓮𝓭 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓯𝓮𝓪𝓽𝓾𝓻𝓮!