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Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Hey Guys!

This year I have decided to try something new, and I really want to know if you like it. Since I am allowing myself more time and freedom to reread books, there will be some weeks, such as this week, when I haven’t finished a new book to review as I have the week rereading a book. So, on weeks like this, I am going to try and repost the review that I wrote whatever book I have reread that week, and add a little bit extra at the end explaining if my opinions on it have changed and how so. I really hope that makes sense. So, here is my repost of my review for The Cruel Pince by Holly Black


I think Holly Black may fast be becoming one of my favorite authors. I really enjoyed this book. I read The Darkest Part Of The Forest last month as I knew that Cruel Prince is set in the same world as it, and I’m glad I did. It just gave me a deeper appreciation for this book.

I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I had heard so many mixed reviews of it and a lot of people complaining that it is very slow. But I did think that I would enjoy it since I loved Darkest Part Of The Forest so much. And I did end up really enjoying it, but I can see why some people wouldn’t. it is kind of slow to get going, although having read DPOTF, I feel like that is just Holly Black’s style, as that one was slow-paced as well. I can also see why some people were comparing it to A Court Of Thorns And Roses (the whole human in faerie troupe). But for me personally, I felt like this was very much its own story. I liked that it took a while to get going and that it wasn’t high action all the time, as I don’t feel that relates well to the general ideas surrounding faerie. I felt like this book worked.

I will admit that there were a few elements of it that weren’t my favorite. For instance, everything with Locke. I can see why it was done and the significance of it. It definitely highlighted how different the Faye are to mortals, but I do think that it went on a bit too much and at the moment I’m not sure if it is actually going to hold any significance to the story. It kind of just felt like an unnecessary side storyline.

I also found that some things were a bit predictable. For instance, everything that went down at the crowning, I kind of expected. I wasn’t at all surprised by it. considering what a major plot twist it was spouse to be, it didn’t feel like it. again with the earlier revelation, it didn’t particularly surprise me. There is also everything to do with Jude and Cardan. It is inevitable that something is going to happen between them eventually and I will be very surprised it Jude is still mortal at the end of the series.

But all in all, I did really enjoy this book. I don’t think I loved it quite as much as A Darker Part Of The Forest, but I did still really like it. I cannot wait to get my hands on The Wicked King

star 44 out of 5

Updated opinion: I actually think that I enjoyed this book, even more, this time around. I found it a lot easier to get into the story and connect with the world, having already read it. This meant that I picked up on a lot of small details that I missed the first time around or that I had misremembered. I also picked up on a lot more hints of what’s to come, having already read The Wicked King. I noticed hints of the Taryn/Locke situation and everything that happens with Taryn thing that happens in the next books that I was completely oblivious to the first time that I read this book. I definitely think that this is one of those stories that gets better every time that you read it. I can’t wait to reread The Wicked King and finally read The Queen Of Nothing for the first time

star 4.54.5 out of 5

and there we have it. Have you read this trilogy yet? Have you reread it and had the same experience as me? Also, do you like the idea of me doing this repost review thing? I know I do, I find it really interesting to see how my opinion has changed. I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon


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