All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
The second book review of today comes from one of my most highly anticipated books of 2018 and it's only January! Anyway, I can promise you that the hype is real. Let's get started.
Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Part of a trilogy: Yes, book 1 in the Folk of the Air trilogy
Original publication date: 2nd January 2018
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Read January 2018)
After a short and slightly frustrating search for this book when it came out- in between dodging Goodreads reviews- I finally got my very eager hands on it only about a week late. I knew it would be dark and twisted and I wouldn't be able to trust anyone- and in short, The Cruel Prince was exactly the kind of book on the Fae I love to get involved in. :) They're one of my favourite mythical creatures and it honestly blew all my expectations out the water. About halfway through this book, I knew I had a re-read on my hands.
I'll dive in by mentioning Ben and Severin's cameo. :) Silly me didn't read any books by Holly Black until last year, but I started with The Darkest Part of the Forest, and was thrilled when I knew these two would have a small part in this series. And it was more than just a quick hello and goodbye within a few paragraphs.
Also, there were a few characters from the Tithe series; Though I haven't read them yet, I felt there was something familiar, so I'll put it down to hearing their names in the Goodreads community.
I loved Jude and while I (thankfully??) don't know any Fae, I could relate to some of her struggles in the way she did things and her motivations. She's so fierce and I enjoyed her thoughts on her journey. I thought it was slightly ironic that Jude and Taryn are twin sisters yet they couldn't be more different. I get that Taryn wanted to protect Jude and live in peace, but I do wish she didn't have to give in so easily. Like, if the Fae look down on you for being human all the time you've been in Faerie, I'd don't think anything will change their minds.
On the other hand, I adored Vivi! She's Fae, bisexual and takes care of her girlfriend and family so well. And somehow, all of the transitions between the human world and Faerie worked seamlessly. I preferred being in Faerie though, not gonna lie. :)
Basically, I found that I couldn't trust any of the characters and when I began to think I actually might, well, no, I was very wrong. And never expect the way someone is first presented is the way they really are. I'm mostly talking about Cardan here, bless him, but there are others who fit into this category. Of course, there are those who are just outright awful- this is Faerie, after all.
The world building was fantastic and if I wasn't sure I'd get eaten early on, I might even want to live there. I can definitely see the attraction from the humans who swap worlds...
Remember my expectations going in, and how I was wrong several times about the characters? Well, ass the plot to that. It was so twisty and dark. Half of what happened I could never have predicted, which made it all the more thrilling and shocking in turn. This book is split into two parts and at the end of Part 1, I was left internally screaming.
But surprises and turns kept coming thick and fast even until the last page- and I was left thinking something like, No! It can't end there!!
Except that it does.
And I have another year to wait to find out what happens next.
If you haven't read it yet, make it your next book. Or if you're in a situation like I was, it won't have sold out completely, as I half anticipated. A well deserved five stars. :)
Tell me your thoughts on this book, if you've read it already- it seems like the majority of people have or are. :) Which characters were your favourite? Your least favourite? Did you guess any of the plot twists?
As always, happy reading and all the best.
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