Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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

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If that doesn’t give you a sense of foreboding, I don’t know what will. Friends, it has been a long while since I’ve read an all-consuming fantasy. A fantasy that I couldn’t wait to get away from reality and read.

Jude’s young life is marked with death the moment Madoc, a thousands year old fairy reveals that her mother was his wife and ran away from him and murders them in front of Jude. Backstory: Her mother took Jude’s older sister, Vivienne (who is a fairy), and married a human male (herself being human too). She later had Jude and her twin sister, Taryn with said human male. Madoc then whisks away all three girls to the fairy world where the grow up.

I don’t usually summarize the beginning of a book for you friends, but I did it on purpose because I wanted to show you how easy it was to follow along with what was happening. Any good fantasy book usually has elaborate and intense world building and extradordinary characters that have hundreds of traits. I’ve had to write notes before just to keep up with who is who, who has what power, and where the hell did they go? But with The Cruel Prince, Holly Black created this fantastical world of fairy, which is indeed elaborate but so darn easy to understand which helps you get sweeped into the adventure that much faster! I knew who everyone was and their motivations (well I guess not too much since there is a lot of trickery going on – so many plot twists!).

Who’s motivation was my heart closest to? Well, our leading lady, Jude of course. Growing up mortal in a fairy world where everyone is naturally cunning, agile, and strong – Jude had to train twice as hard to belong, and oh, does she want to belong. And I can’t fault her for it. So many times the protagnist grows up hating the person that took them away and what not, but Jude is human, and humans are complicated creatures. Throughout the book you see her constant struggle between hating the fairies, and fighting hard to prove herself worthy. Even her stepfather, Madoc, WHO MURDERED HER PARENTS, she grows to care for and even love. But she isn’t stupid, she is clever and she doesn’t let her complicated feelings for her family get in the way of doing what she needs to accomplish. I love her. I really absolutely do.

She isn’t the only character that is multifaceted, Cardan, Locke, Taryn, Madoc, everyone. All the characters were so rich! If you are looking for a sweeping fantasy, that won’t hurt your brain, read The Cruel Prince.

Side Note: The only thing I didn’t like… the fact that I have to WAIT SO LONG FOR THE NEXT BOOK! I NEED IT RIGHT MEOW!

“Guard your mortal heart.”

 

People were messy. They were defined not only by what they’d done, but by what they would have done, under different circumstances, molded as much by their regrets as their actions, choices they stood by and those they wished they could undo. Of course, there was no going back-time only moved forward-but people could change. 
For worse.
And for better.

Victoria Schwab, Our Dark Duet

Gisela’s review of Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)

So amazing but I’M SO UPSET IT’S OVER?!

List form because I can’t even handle complete paragraphs right now.

– Sunai are so freaking cool and Ilsa is a cute little cinnamon roll and I’m just going to go lay down and cry right now.
– I love August’s growth as a character. I like bad ass August as much as I love cute shy August. I just love August…
(view spoiler)
– Seriously, everyone just listen to Kate… she’s usually right.
– Ugh Kate, I love you!!!
– So many brilliant quotes about humanity.
– This world was unbelievable (in a good way). Victoria Schwab is amazing at word building.
– I’m content with the ending, but I’ll never get over it. NEVER. *rolls over and cries some more*

Gisela’s review of Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)

Gisela’s review of The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)

3.5 if I’m being honest, it wasn’t life-changing, but I it kept me entertained and its concept was pretty new to me. It kind of reminds me of Game of Thrones but with witches – and I might be biased but I love the dark witches so much or “asha” as they are called in this book.

The book goes back and forth between the present and the past, with the present being Tea recounting how she became exiled to a journalist (best way to describe him). The past is how she came into her power and training to be an asha. Because of this, (and it’s not just this book) but many books that do this seem like they are explaining a lot and I can understand where people might not like it. The first few chapters were information overload, and I think the author could have spread it out a bit more.

One thing I really liked about the book, there were a few plot twists that I did not see coming at all. THAT ENDING! I never saw it coming, EVER. The story really hooked me, despite it being slow, but the author has some beautiful writing and I can’t wait to read the next one.

Gisela’s review of The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)

Gisela’s review of Tower of Dawn

Words can’t describe how much I love this book! I know I’m the 1% that really likes Chaol and this book made me love him even more. I think I probably liked this book the best after Assasin’s Blade (another least favorite of many people).

It’s been a few days since I have finished this book and I still can’t wrap my mind around it so just beware this is one of those incoherent reviews.

Yrene is a new favorite character. She is intelligent and sassy. Her remarks to Chaol had my laughing out loud and vice versa. They had some of the best dialogue exchange. I think that is something I like best about Sarah. She is really good at how the characters relate to one another no matter if it is lovers, friends, enemies, or even random characters meeting on the street – each exchange is meaningful.

So much was revealed in this book too! I was screaming from all the damn revelations happening! I know some people wanted to skip this book (but really why?!) but DON’T! IT’S SUPER IMPORTANT IF NOT YOU WILL NOT GET IT!!!!!!!

The message behind the book was lovely also. “The world needs more healers.” I love my bad ass ladies and I’m all for them, but Yrene was bad ass in her own way. Instead of killing, she heals and it was beautiful. She’s going to change the world by healing it and I really hope she has a huge part in the final book along with Chaol (my boo).

Gisela’s review of Tower of Dawn