#BookReview: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

IMG_20180603_175541_877.jpgThe Cruel Prince should’ve been the book that I’d pick up and be blown by it, however the characters, the plot and the execute let it down 80% of the time, and literally saved by the ending. I really, really wanted to love it. So let’s see why I couldn’t give it more love…

 

 

Genre:  Ya Fantasy
Year Of Publication: 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Pages: 370 pages
My rating: 2.5 stars

 

“Let’s have a toast. To the incompetence of our enemies.”
― Holly BlackThe Cruel Prince

THE CHARACTERS…

downloadJude is that type of female character that I want to bash in the head for doing stupid shit all the time and not seeing the bigger picture. Although she is being the victim of bullying and faerie intrigue, she does not do anything to actually better her situation instead, she stubbornly goes down this path of almost self-destruction and does not accomplish much. Although I can relate that she is a human in a world that hates her, her constant self-pity does not help her to see the traps laid out for her until the very end. I also did not believe that Jude was particularly skilled at spying and most of the time she had 0e8186a3aa4ca70a5b10b51c68037e0d--sandpaper-funny-shitsome dumb luck on her side. So I kinda hater her in the beginning however once the plot thickens towards the end, I started to like her as she finally stopped making dumb decisions. As a human, she has the power to lie, something which the fae do not possess and she finally manages to work with that.  I also really admired her for being able to live with the man that killed her parents and brought her into this world and actually love him because I do believe that deep down she does love him. She does have strengths, she is brave, kind and can be selfless, but for me, it was all overshadowed by her actions that for me did not make sense most of the time.

So for the most part of this novel, I was kinda siding with Prince Cardan (who I know is a tool) in most situations because Jude was making all of these dumb decisions. We don’t get to know much of him, but they want you to believe he is some sort of Kind Jeoffrey from Game of Thrones, but really he is not. *Face Palm* His characterisation is weak and his inner demons are revealed by dumb luck as we know that Jude sucks at spying and we needed a way for her to warm up to him. *smack me again* The internal working models of his characters would make sense if we would see more of him, but until 80% in, we don’t really meet him much. For me, he was a cardboard character for 80% of the time serving the plot. And just like Jude, towards the end, I get to know him and like him more. Improvement!

 

Once characters that I hated from start to finish was Jude’s twin sister. She is annoying as f*ck and her actions were outright disloyal and stupid. Can we please have a novel where girls don’t have each other because of boys or looks? PLEASEEEEEE! I just don’t get it why their sisterly relationships had to be that way. Can’t say that the other sister was a lot better, but she had a bit more depth and she was actually nice for a fae. We can see how much I cared about them as I cannot even remember their names… Yup.

THE PLOT…

I’m not gonna say a lot about the plot because there isn’t much and whatever plot it was can be described as CONVENIENT. Like honestly, Jude has so much fucking dumb luck it’s unbelievable. The whole story is centred around her and since she is 80% annoying and acting stupid, then that’s what we get. The pacing is also all over the place and I struggled to read most of it, then couldn’t put it The other 20% was a lot better, with twists and turns… It was also predictable as fuck as I saw them a mile away and as I was reading I was wondering when will I be proving correct.  down. *Sigh* Not the greatest then was it?!

THE WRITING…

The writing felt so juvenile and tropey I struggled not to gag; again, this improves at about 80% in which makes me wonder if there was some split personality issue there because it felt like a great divide between the two. Anyway, I struggled with the writing4395ee0d213df6c0b0a74d14de51dafe.png as it felt forced to me, it felt like shiny quotes were scattered through to catch your magpie eyes and give you the illusion of something good, something lyrical. It was all smoke and mirrors because once you break it down and you look at it for what it is. Maybe this is why I didn’t like it:

“Nice things don’t happen in storybooks. Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.”
― Holly BlackThe Cruel Prince 

THE ENJOYMENT…

Unputdownable once the plot picked up but overall struggled to read it and forced myself to continue until things picked up. Would I recommend it? No. I initially gave it 3.5 stars as I was buzzing after that good finale, but since reading it I believe it’s more of a 2.5 stars as the bad does outweigh the good.

2.5 out of 5

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Xoxo

Jane

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March #Wrap-up: The Cruel Prince, Gemina, Artemis, and more…

Happy Sunday fellow bookworms! I am always so busy that it is not even useful to mention, but I had done a lot of reading as well, which is brilliant. I started and finished a lot of books and managed to get my Currently Reading list to a manageable amount. As you all know, I love reading more than one book at a time, usually between 5-9 (no joking); I am weird that way!

So without further ado, lets see how I did in March:
– I read a total of 9 books including 2 audiobooks and 2 ebooks.
– I read a total of 3523 pages.
– Average month rating: 3.6 🌟

So what did I read?
IMG_20180210_181817_446.jpgThe Cruel Prince by holly Black 3.5🌟

The premise was intriguing and the book was definitely exciting somewhere past the 80% mark, however between here and there the main character was increasingly annoying and generally useless, we do not see a lot of the cruel prince and the plot doesn’t start really until late. Although I saw the ending a mile away, I found it unpudownable towards the end, hence the 3.5 stars rating ~ I will be posting soon a full review for this.

IMG_20180318_163401_424.jpgGemina by @misterkristoff & @amiekaufmanauthor a solid 5🌟

Do I even need to say why? I loved the characters, the writing, the format, and most of all, I loved the plot! That’s how you write a solid plot, like Gemina! I could not foresee that how the story would progress for the life of me, but I was at the edge of my seat all the way until the end. Loved it!

IMG_20180313_164340_369.jpgRed sparrow by Jason Matthews 4 .5🌟

I rarely read spy thrillers, but this was was realistic, the writing really good, the characters compelling. The plot twists were a surprise even when you knew certain events would unfold and almost, almost cried at the end. I dropped half a star because I found it difficult to get in or to absorb some terms, or because it was getting too technical for me in places, although that’s more on me than the book!

IMG_20180206_083608_593.jpgArtemis by Andy Weir 3.5🌟

I really wanted to like this book a lot more, but Jazz has a very annoying personality and did not like her that much, and it was hard to connect with the rest of the characters or the plot. The plot itself was a bit clunky, just like the writing, but midway I actually had a hard time being able to put it down. At least the ending was quite satisfying and clever!
20180225_151916.jpgShadow of the Savernake by Jaynie Hackett 3.75-4🌟

I really enjoyed this story and I found it fascinating the blend of history with modern notions. For the most part I liked the characters, although I did not agree with some decisions that the leading lady took at certain point, but I suppose that was part of her learning curve as a character. The descriptions were rich, sometimes a little too much, but I enjoyed finding out more about the Sherwood area as I do live nearby to it. I liked Nate a lot, he was a solid character, with good morals and instincts.

37483453In the line of fire by Joss Wood ~ 2🌟

Forced romance, characters that felt like made out of cardboard and stilted “hot” conversation. And the plot… don’t even get me there! Also, what was that about the dude taking the girl who he was protecting and wanting to have sex with, to his ex-fiancees house and crash there when she wasn’t even there?! Like WTF?! I felt so satisfied when she appeared soon after and slapped him, hard! So no, take this away from me!

30849736The passenger (mystery/thriller) by Lisa Lutz 4🌟

I totally loved this thriller/mystery. I listened to it as audiobook and was narrated by Edwina Wrenass and I totally recommend to listen to it as the voice was perfect and enhanced my experience.

PSX_20180408_200219.jpgPlague Land by Alex Scarrow 3.75-4 🌟

Really enjoyed it, I haven’t read anything like this before really. I liked the concept of the virus and the things that it could do, it was a nice twist on the post-apocalyptic virus setting. Really liked the characters ad the plot held my attention all the way until the end.

 
38927824Stormbreaker by Alex Horrowitz (audiobook) 2🌟

I know it’s a YA for boys kinda story, however it was so bad! Like so bad! I listened to it on audiobook when driving and I gave it 2 stars because it was actually entertaining and easy to listen to, but the plot had more holes than Swiss cheese and the characters were bland, cardboard-like with no real motivations for their actions. The villain was laughable which reminded me of the little bald dude from Austin Powers for some reason (I never really watched it, but bu hubs was “kind enough” to show me clips from it, thinking it will make me laugh and want to watch it – NO!)

So that’s it for my March reading feast! What did you read in March? Anything interesting?

Xoxo

Jane

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Maybe TBR ~ March edition

Hello bookworms! It is Friday today and I am looking forward to start getting some planning done this weekend in my bujo; as my husband says: prior planning prevents poor performance. The March Maybe TBR needs a little bit of planning to get it accomplished because I want to read some of the books ASAP because the movies are coming out. Do you do that? Read the books before the movie is out or you’re not bothered?

THE LIST

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I will start with GEMINA because I already finished reading this one and I totally recommend it (but more in a book review or wrap-up). I read this in 3 days as it is pretty thick, but wanted to get to it prior to the release of OBSIDIO next week.

Last night I started reading RED SPARROW, again, because I want to watch the movie soon. I only read 30 pages so I do not have much of an opinion, so far it’s ok, but a little harder to read for me.

ARTEMIS I started reading in February but haven’t continued since because the above books happened. Same with SHADOWS OF THE SAVERNAKE that I started back in January; with this one I am almost half-way and enjoying it.

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THE CRUEL PRINCE reading has to happen soon as it was the January Fairyloot book and everyone has read it, and I want to get to it so I can form an opinion on it for myself. The cover reveal for the sequel has happened and it looks amazing, doesn’t it? The release for it is in 2019. Fingers crossed that I’ll like Cruel Prince.

And last, but not least, THESE LIES THAT LIVE BETWEEN US which I have received for review consideration! Thank you Kai for sending this to me. I am looking forward to read it as it sounds super interesting… twins, forbidden magic, enemies… all the good stuff!

What are you planning to read this March? Any recommendations? Please let me know in the comment box below what you think of my list and if you are as excited as I am for the release of OBSIDIO!!!!