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review 2018-08-19 15:34
The Cruel Prince
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

A dark whimsical read full of deception in a bizarre and interesting way. This book honestly lived up to the hype and I need the sequel as soon as possible.

Faerie might be beautiful, but its beauty is like a golden stag’s carcass, crawling with maggots beneath his hide, ready to burst.

Some Fae are wicked at best. They lure you to the woods with their otherworldly beauty and manipulate your thoughts that will drive you to your own doom. The Cruel Prince rightly depicted what Fae folks really are like to humans: cruel, manipulative, and has a never-ending lust for power.

 

This book is not your typical story about a damsel being reluctantly brought to faerie land just to fall in love with a powerful Fae and get brainwashed to desire to become one herself. Holly Black offered us a different twist to this Fae-centered books stereotype. She owned the genre and I like how she made her female main character embrace her humanity and show the Fae folk who they are dealing with. Wow, I just mentioned a lot of  fae  there.

 

Devouring this book in one sitting was an easy task considering the combined world of magic and its problematic politics. Moreover, the characters sparked my interest since there’s just no way of saying who the bad guys really are. Every character has their own mask and to wait for the finale until they take it off was “letting out the breath I didn’t know I had been holding” worth it.

 

Holly’s writing style is so easy to grasp, no over the top descriptions, and no unnecessary fillers. Her words alone made me feel a lot of emotions like sympathizing with Balekin – their murdering Fae dad (even though he don’t deserve it) – feel like I want to carry Oak in my arms and pinch his cute cheeks. It also made me feel like I’m Jude myself and whenever she was bullied by Cardan and his posse, I just want to punch them in their faces and give that so-called cruel prince the worst wedgie of his life.

 

I also love how Holly just carelessly tossed in the bloodshed in the story. Seriously, I can hear her evil laughing while writing these parts. Well it did contribute a lot to the eerie feeling of the book overall.

 

I can give this book 5 stars straight up but I would like to ponder on these cons I noticed hours after my fangirling died down a wee bit.

 

•• We only witnessed mind control and no other form of magic. No – don’t count the magical horse the three sisters flew with into the human world.

 

•• Why the hell did Jude and Cardan kissed at the Court of Shadows when the entire book tells us they mutually oathe each other.

 

•• The Court of Shadows also known as Prince Dain’s assassins could have been given a better group name and aliases. Like don’t expect me to be serious when I read The Roach or The Ghost or especially The Bomb in every fight scenes.

 

•• Jude and Taryn should have had this connection that can’t just be broken by a cheeky playboy named Locke and his human chess scheme.

(spoiler show)

 

In spite of these cons, the enjoyment I experienced in this journey wasn’t affected even the slightest and I am very eager to have my hands on The Wicked King once it’s released. I want to find out what Cardan means with that last sentence in the book – about when his 1 year contract with Jude ends. I also want to know if Cardan really is the entitled Wicked King or maybe sweet innocent Oak is? Oh beats me.

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review 2018-08-16 20:48
Bastard Prince (Royals Undone #2) by Nana Malone
Bastard Prince - Nana Malone

 

Bryna and Lucas. What began with a lie almost ended in disaster, yet somehow turned out to be just right. Royal Bastard ended on a cliffhanger. A shocking revelation sent Lucas' happy ending spiraling out of control. Now he will stop at nothing to protect the people who showed him what it means to love. Malone amps up the adrenaline without neglecting the heart. Bastard Prince is a tale of love, sacrifice and family. The danger is intense, the secrets are immense, but the familial connections are stronger than blood. Love can conquer anything even DNA. 

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review 2018-08-09 20:06
Review: “Pet: : A Captive Prince Short Story” (Captive Prince Short Stories, #4) by C. S. Pacat
Pet: : A Captive Prince Short Story - C.S. Pacat

 

~ 3 stars ~

 

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review 2018-08-09 15:14
Review: The Prince of Dragons by Tameri Etherton
The Prince of Dragons - Tameri Etherton

The Prince of Dragons by Tameri Etherton (previously published as The Darathi Vorsi Prince) is the first book in the Song of the Swords series. When Rhoane defies his mother of an oath he made as a child he is exiled from his home. 

Plot 5/5: An intriguing plot.

Characters 5/5: The characters are well fleshed out and interesting.

World building 4/5: An interesting world.

Pacing 3/5: The pacing is slow, but steady.

Writing 5/5: The writing is great with vivid descriptions.

Overall 4.4

Received from BookFunnel

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review 2018-08-09 08:54
Review: “The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story” (Captive Prince Short Stories, #2) by C. S. Pacat
The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story - C.S. Pacat

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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