Book Review | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black & WIN Signed Copy!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Oh my gosh I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I haven’t read a book with fey in it for a long time so I was a bit dubious when I started, but I’m so glad I did! I’m even going to be giving away a signed copy of this book! Info on how to enter will be at the bottom of this post.





Book Review | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black & WIN Signed Copy!The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #1
on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 384
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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

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.





The Cruel Prince is a compelling fantastical read. It follows Jude’s life in the Courts of Faerie after she, her twin sister Taryn and her older sister Vi are stolen away from the mortal world as children. The first chapter was brutal and a just started the book with a huge bang. Her older sister Vi is a child of the fey, and I loved that Jude was the main character instead of Vi, as she would have been the obvious choice, being the one with magic and everything. Instead we follow Jude who struggles with her mortality in the face of the immortal beings all around her. I couldn’t put the book down (cliche I know) but it’s true, I was desperate to know what happened next. I loved how the fae weren’t just portrayed as these amazing beings, they were also dangerous and encapsulating. If you got too close you would be burned.

Only thing that could have been an issue is if you haven’t read anything like this before. There were mentions of the Seelie and Unseelie courts, which rang a bell for me from something I’d read before, but it didn’t go into depth of what they were. Also as I’m not too familiar with all this I’m not sure how much was original and how much derived from other fey works, I loved it though so it was okay! There’s also some LGBTQ in there which I loved, though I wish there was more if I’m honest, it made me a tiny bit sad it wasn’t a bigger storyline.




The narrative was told from Jude’s PoV which I loved. We only knew as much as Jude did, which most of the time was not a lot. The world building was beautiful, the language delicious and enchanting.




There were a lot of characters to get used to pretty quickly but they’re developed well so it’s okay.

The characters were all so flawed it was delicious. Jude has a lot of darkness in her and is too hot headed for her own good. I see a lot of myself in her though. At one point a guy ‘flirts’ with her by grabbing her, and she hits him. I loved it, I would have (have done) the same myself. I love her complicated relationship with Madoc, it’s believable and torturous, the conflicting emotions playing on me still.

Taryn and Jude have a complicated relationship as twins. They are so close but at the same time, so different. I think anyone going through what they did would be affected, and even though they’re twins, it doesn’t mean they’d respond the same to trauma, which is clear in this story. I think Holly really portrays the complicated relationship well, especially with Vi.

I really loved the contrast between Vi and her sisters. Vi, who technically fit in and was ‘goals’, acted out and wanted to be someone/somewhere else. It makes sense as she was older when she was brought to the courts, but it’s still surprising and an interesting element, it surprised me.

Then there’s the guys. Oof. A lot of gorgeous fey men to feast upon, but none are what they seem. I don’t want to say anymore for fear of spoiling anything. There wasn’t a huge emphasis on the  romance but enough to keep me going.




I loved this book so much I want to give you all a chance to own a SIGNED copy of it!

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - The Folk of the Air (Hardback)

1. Follow me on twitter and retweet the tweet below (mandatory)

You don’t have to be following my blog to win but you will get an extra entry if you do ☺️


2. Follow my blog and comment. 

For an additional entry you can follow at the bottom of the page on mobile or the side on desktop!

If you’re already following, That’s wonderful and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! If you enter and you follow please comment with your twitter username so I can make sure you get your two entries!
Good luck 😘

Terms and conditions

1. Winners will be chosen using a random number generator.

2. Competiton closes 3/1/18,

3. No giveaway accounts

4. Must follow and retweet specified tweet to be eligible. Following the blog gains an extra entry on top of the retweet and follow.

5. This giveaway is international


48 thoughts on “Book Review | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black & WIN Signed Copy!

  1. Your review was so lovely, it makes me even more interested in this book! I haven’t read many books with Fae and I think this one will be my first. The structure sounds amazing and I’m so happy that you loved it so much!
    Also, thanks for the chance, I’d love to get this one!!!

  2. IM LITERALLY SO PUMPED FOR THIS BOOK OMFG!! I read The Darkest Part of The Forest recently and my friend tells me my fav soft boyfriends are getting a cameo in this book ask literally screamed bc I love them and this world so much!! love the review btw 😊

  3. Aaaaah, I’m super excited about this book and your review (amazing review I want to say) made me even more excited. I wish we could get a fey-related book every week TBH. I’m @Rubysbooks over on Twitter.

  4. Thanks so much for this giveaway. I’ve heard amazing things about this book and it’s so nice that you’re doing this. I’m following you on WordPress and I retweeted your tweet and followed you using @taiwo_shelves

  5. My all-time fave series is The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa, and since then, I’ve been looking for other fantastic fey reads. I think this just might be one of them.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve retweeted and followed both your Twitter (via @bookshelfbitch) and your blog.

  6. What a great review! So glad that you loved the book so much (yay for 5-Star reads!!) and it’s so great of you to give away a copy and to continue to spread the love! I hadn’t known much about this book until your review (other than just basically hearing the name a bunch of times) and now I’m super intrigued. Great work! -Jessica 🙂

    1. Thank you!! It was a great book, I only heard of it a couple of days before I requested and read it and I loved it 😍

  7. Although I don’t read that many Fae books, this one is definitely one of my most anticipated 2018 books. Loved your review, now I’m even more excited for it.
    Thank you for a generous giveaway!! ♥
    Already following your blog. 😊 @_Sandra_R_

  8. Just followed you (here and on Twitter). I only skimmed your review as I don’t like to get too much of others’ opinions before I read an anticipated book myself. BUT I am excited to read The Cruel Prince and to reading more of your blogging.

    My Twitter handle is @erynnlovesbooks as well. 😊

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