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

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.”

You know when a book is hyped to the ultimate level of hypeness but your scared to read it because there is a chance you could be disappointed. And everyone else has raved about it so much that your expectations of the book are blown to the ultimate level of expectation you could possibly have, and you feel as though not liking the book will break some unwritten rule on what it means to be a reader? Yeah well, this book isn’t the kind that made me want to cease reading and curl into a ball and cry. It made me want to find every fairy/fae book there is and read the absolute shit out of them! I read ‘The Coldest Girl in Coldtown’ by Holly Black, late last year, and although I wasn’t the biggest fan, I did say I would give her writing another shot. Am i glad I did? FUCK YES!! The expectations and hype are definitely warranted here.

Jude is the bastard child of a Fae generals runaway wife. Although her parents are both human, it doesn’t stop said general from murdering both her parents and taking her and her sisters to the world of Faerie. No longer belonging in the mortal world and without a single drop of Fae blood running through her veins, Jude, and her twin sister Taryn are outcasts in the faerie world;Although her ‘father’ makes it possible that they are schooled alongside the Fae, they are constantly reminded and taunted that they do not belong, and never will.
Jude soon realizes the only way to survive is to become as smart, cunning and deceitful as the Fae.
With the King soon stepping down, and one of his six sons will soon be thrust into the position of a leader and politician. Which prince will rule over the Fae? When they are all so unkind and deceitful, just how far are they willing to go to seize the crown, inevitably ruling over all of the Fae, and the mortals among them.

“Let’s have a toast. To the incompetence of our enemies.”

I loved this world! That could be because i had the biggest obsession with fairies when i was younger and I mean obsessed to the point i had a purple magnetic glitter covered room, with magnetic faeries and landscapes that I would move around and make up stories with. In the world of ‘ The Cruel Prince’, it was complex yet not overly descriptive, which I like. You really got a good glimpse of how the world works, how it differs from the mortal world and how the political side of things work as well, without all the overloaded description that tends to bore me to death.

“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.”

The writing- with a fantasy book about faeries I was expecting so much over the top descriptive writing that I was a bit hesitant in starting this book, hype aside. It was refreshing to see fantasy doesn’t have to be boring and over the top to make it enjoyable. I loved the little poems separating the different sections of the book and the map at the beginning (like come on, who doesn’t love maps?)

The characters are unique. Jude is definitely a badass headstrong female protagonist, and I loved her character development throughout this book. Her twin, on the other hand, Taryn, was definitely one to blend in rather than stand out. Her character wasn’t the greatest, but her development just showed me why I didn’t like her to begin with.
Vivi was awesome! Although the daughter of the Fae general and being part Fae, she does everything in her power to rebel against the man who killed her mother. Perhaps because she was older when the incident happened, she cannot let it go and defy her father at any chance she can. Her half-sisters definitely struggle to between love and hate for their ‘new father’, but due to their young age sometimes forget what happened all those years ago, especially when he is playing the kind and caring parent.
The princes, well they are all very different. I think Cardan is the most represented out of all the others in this book, but duh! He is the cruel prince. Although cruel, understanding his character and why he becomes the way he is, is probably the most important part of understanding Cardan. Now I dont want to give it away, but this kid has gone through some shit, and to live in a family like his, well I guess you’d have to become cruel in order not to be eaten alive.

“I have lied and I have betrayed and I have triumphed. If only there was someone to congratulate me.”

The romance, did I dig it? Yeah, I think I did. Before we found out more about Cardan I hated him and thought any romance aspects in the book were going to royally piss me off but once I understood him more I was like yes! getiton,getiton, getiton! The letter with her name written over and over was a little creepy yes, but knowing the character and how he has been raised, I doubt he has the skills necessary to communicate feelings such as lust, love, and desire. Now some might say this kind of romance can be seen as rather abusive – whether physically, emotionally, mentally or all above- we also have to understand the message I believe the author wanted to get across, which is ‘people can change’ and ‘ bullies are generally, bullied themselves or have some kind of reason for the way they are’. Not excusing bullying or abuse in anyway here! Both suck, I have experienced both in my life but being someone who isn’t triggered by things this aspect of the book didn’t really bother me. Now obviously we dont get all this in just one book, it’s just my interpretation at this point but I can definitely see room for it to happen and the characters explored more in the upcoming book/s.

“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”

Overall, I loved this book and so recommend reading it. The hype doesn’t lie here guys, this book is awesome! The world was very well done, yet not overly descriptive. I enjoyed the writing style and the little poems before the next section of the book. The characters well thought out had depth rather than being two dimensional, and what you see isn’t entirely what you get. I enjoyed the romance, although it did have its issues and may be triggering to some and seen as depicting an unhealthy relationship. This will definitely be going in my favorites and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!
If you haven’t read this book yet and are scared to because of the hype, trust me when I say so was i. Just do it! You will not be disappointed!

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

Recommended for: YA/Fantasy

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