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review 2018-03-16 18:55
The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

After months upon months of ignoring new releases, and trying to stay away from the hype, I finally gave in and picked up The Cruel Prince. Okay, more accurately, it actually popped up on my library loan list and I went "Oh, that's right! I put myself on the waitlist for this!", and then proceeded to devour it. I knew I wanted to read this from the moment that I saw Holly Black's name across the cover. If anyone knows Fae, it's Holly Black. I had high hopes for this one and, I'm glad to report, I wasn't disappointed in the least!

First off, true to form, Holly Black expertly drags the reader into the darkly glittering world of the Fae. A world where things are both beautiful and terrible. A world where humans definitely are at a disadvantage, and where they are so enchanted by it all that they don't even seem to care. What I've always liked about Black's fairy world is that it isn't always a kind a one. It's one where there is suffering, war, and hatred. It's one where beautiful beings have sharp edges and sharper knives. It's the kind of world that you love to read about, but would be terrified to visit. In other words, it's my kind of setting.

Even more impressive is the fact that every single character who graces these pages is perfectly rendered, and multi-faceted. I was stunned by how easily I fell into step with Jude. Her inability to conform, despite the fact that it would have been the easiest thing to do, made me fall in love with her character. Jude is strong as steel, and equally as intelligent. The stark contrast between her, as a protected human in a fairy world, and Vivi, as an unwilling fairy in a fairy world, was perfection. I ate up their sisterly bond, swooned over the descriptions of balls and battles, and couldn't stop myself from hating the same people that Jude found herself hating. I think what made me fall for Jude the hardest was that she was never afraid to admit that she was wrong. She was human to the core, and beautiful because of it.

Truthfully, even the plot the blew me away. It was perfectly paced, and set up in a way that I never saw the next move coming until right when Jude did. Black weaves a gorgeous web on court intrigue, filled with backstabbing and death. Even when I was absolutely sure that I knew where things were headed next, I was wrong. It was wonderful. I love a plot that keeps me on my toes. As for the ending, well, I knew going in that this was the first in a series. So I'll say that the ending is good for a first book, and satisfying enough. You'll see, after all, that I did give this a full five star rating.

If you're looking for viciously lovely Fae, more court intrigue than you can shake a stick at, and a book that will keep you reading well into the night, this is for you. 

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text 2018-03-08 17:28
Reading progress update: I've read 65%.
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

So, surprisingly, I'm really digging this book. Well, I guess it's not all that surprising. If there's one thing that I know for a fact, it's that Holly Black can write about the fae. I've read a few of her other fairy related books, and have always been impressed with how easily she can pull her readers into their dark and beautiful world. My biggest issue is usually the plot! It never seems to be as good as the world building.


In this book, I'm actually really seeing what I've hoped for from Black for a long time. It's her same darkly glittering fairy world, but the plot here is superb as well. There's court intrigue, strong characters and, unless the ending lets me down, a good build up towards the end.


I desperately hope this book doesn't fail me, because I'm kind of in love right now.

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text 2018-02-28 17:10
February 2018 Recap
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook - Leslie Connor
Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

The month of February was a drastic improvement over January.


I enjoyed most everything I read!!! The above books are my 5-star reads.  I had four! If I had to pick a standout it would have to be Wolf Hollow.  Amazing book - go read it!  It's bound to be a classic in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird. 


All together I read 13 books- closing out with the five-star read of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This book was flooding my Bookstagram feed with great reviews and I will add mine to the mix - it's amazing. I do recommend it.


I read:


5 Middle-Grade books (4 of which were part of my Newberry Medal project) 

1 Young Adult

2 English Mysteries

1 Historical Fiction

2 Contemporary Literature

2 Non -fiction Books ( 2 books about diabetes to help my parents)


Nice. I like diversity.


Onward to March! Happy reading!



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review 2018-02-22 21:58
The Cruel Prince / Holly Black
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

Holly Black is my latest author crush. It helps that many of her books feature the Fae and Fae characters are one of my favourite things.

The Cruel Prince was one of those books that I asked my public library to order and then fidgeted while I waited for it to arrive and to be catalogued. It was worth the wait, in my opinion. It may be a young adult book, but that didn’t prevent me from enjoying it too.

I like Black’s version of the Fae—they don’t play nice, they aren’t always fond of mortals, and there are rules that both sides have to follow. Jude is a mortal girl, living in the Fae world, trying to fit in despite the sneers of her contemporaries at school. She and her mortal sister are picked on and disparaged by the princes and princesses of the Realm of Faerie. And, of course, there’s a boy—Prince Cardan, the cruel prince of the title—who captures her imagination, though maybe not in a good way. Jude decides that if she can’t be accepted by playing nice, perhaps she can scheme and plot her way to a protected position in her adopted world and she proves to be highly adept at it.

It’s pretty obvious where this story will be heading in the second book—Jude & Cardan obviously have some chemistry, despite the rather evil trick on Cardan that Jude indulges in. However, it’s not immediately clear how Black is going to change these passionate enemies into a couple. Now I just wish there wasn’t a whole year to wait for the next installment.

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review 2018-02-02 16:53
Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.


Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.


To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.


In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.



This book got so much hype and I must say the hype is well deserved, in my opinion.

I really enjoyed this book and everything about it.  It is well written, fast paced and fun, thrilling roller-coaster ride.

I loved the world that Holly Black has created, an awesome mix of faerie land with yet a touch of the modern world as we know it. We get a great deal of fairie and its daily life which at times does not seem so different than ours. School, work, politics and the daily grind is the same in fairie as it would be here. Just a bit different and with different views on life, mortal or fae.

I just liked everything about the world.

I also really enjoyed all the characters. I never was sure to love or to hate them. Often both.

I loved Jude, our main character. She is feisty. Smart, cunning and despite being terrified all the time she never gives up. Never shows it .  She never takes the easy route (like leaving to the mortal world) and never stops fighting.  But she still has moments of stupidity, and where she seems power hungry and selfish but that made me like her even more. I loved her relationship with her sisters and Oak. The good, the bad and the ugly.

Madoc, I wasn’t sure if I should love him or hate him , and when the book ended I still didn’t know if I should love him or hate him. Don’t get me wrong it is made clear within the first five pages that he is indeed very cruel, with killing their parents and so. But throughout the book you can’t help to like him, the way he cares for them whether they are his kids or not and even though they are mortal . Well her and Taryn.

Cardan, the cruel prince. Well he is cruel all right, But of course he is also charming and beautiful and there is so much more to him. And honestly I can’t wait to read more about him in future books. I want to know more why he is that way who and what made him that way. I also want to hug him and tell him that everything will be okay. Again he is someone I loved to hate and hated to love.

Overall, this book was just amazing and even better than I thought it be. I absoltly loved it.

It is funny yet dark, with plenty of betrayal, lies and deceive with just the right amount of romance, humor and snark.  It was just the perfect mix of everything that keeps yu asking for more. Every time you thing you have it all figured out everything spins you in a new direction so that you will not see the surprising end coming, I loved it and can’t wait to see what will happen next.

I rate it full 5 ★



Some of my favorite quotes


“What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.”




“I am going to keep on defying you. I am going to shame you with my defiance. You remind me that I am a mere mortal and you are a prince of Faerie. Well, let me remind you that means you have much to lose and I have nothing. You may win in the end, you may ensorcell me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this is the least of what I can do.”




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




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




“But I will not stand in front of your happiness. I will not even stand in front of misery that you choose for yourself.”








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