The Cruel Prince: A Book Review

Updated: May 28

Written by: Melody (@snxwy.writes)

Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Rating: ★★★★★

*Comment below which book you want to see reviewed next! Without further ado, read on and enjoy! :) *



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 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.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal 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.


I’ve been wanting to read this book for such along time, I can’t believe I finally read it. I’ve seen so many different reviews and comments about the book, I thought that I’d give my own as well. Long story short, I love it. It’s the trope I want, the plot I want, the storyline I want. It’s amazing!



Jude: Our female protagonist. I have to say, I love her. Usually, when I read books like this one, the female lead is really annoying, and she’s weak. She can’t stand for herself. Not Jude though, definetly not. Her character from start to finish, I love it entirely.

Cardan: Our male lead and the “cruel” prince ;) I feel like I’m going to sound controversial while saying this but I absolutely love him as well. His character later on in the book is hilarious, and I had a great time reading. He’s also more complex than meets the eye, and he’s definetly someone to look out for.

Madoc: When I read the synopsis of this book, I was definetly not expecting Madoc’s character. It’s safe to say that it was a rollercoaster ride with him, more than with the leads themselves. He’s tricky and unpredictable. At the same time, he’s caring and protective over people very close to him. And as for Jude . . . let’s just say that this relationship is complicated.



I don’t think I can say much about this plot without giving away spoilers. In a way, I was completely expecting it, but at the same time, I was left baffled at so many scenes. To put it this way, the book is cruel. And wicked. And has lots of betrayal.

And I love it.


Writing Style:

The book is written in first-person (the POV being Jude). The POV suits the book well because of how Jude’s character and the plot is structured. It was also refreshing to read a book from first-person POV after the countless ones I’ve read in third-person. Aside from that, there were minimal instances where I found myself bored with the writing. The pacing was excellent, and I was immeresed completely from start to finish.



Do I think this book is over-hyped?

No :)

I enjoyed every bit of it. It was a classic storyline with so many refreshing twists, and I loved both the modern and fantasical aspects. I would recommend this book for people who are new to reading or to enemies-to-lovers, but who am I kidding?

It’s a beautiful book for all.

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