The Cruel Prince (The Folk in the Air #1)

26032825“Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.”

Author: Holly Black
Category: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 384
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018

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I did not like this book. I do not at all understand the hype.

Jude is the human ward of a fae general. After being basically abducted by him, she and her twin sister are raised in the fae court and treated by him as though they were his own daughters. But because they aren’t fae some fae don’t like them so Jude has a chip on her shoulder about that and politics ensue and, to be honest I’m not even sure what else because I DNF’d at around 45ish%.

That was just how long it took me to realize that I was never going to be invested in these characters.

I know I have said before that I am not a YA-reader and that is maybe what is going on here. I originally swore off this book but gave in to the hype. I mean, there have been YA books that I have enjoyed. Illuminae and Six of Crows are fantastic books. So with that in mind, I gave in.

The whole thing with Jude hating her situation but not wanting to leave the fae world to return to the human world was an interesting dynamic I kind of thought. I mean, on one hand it doesn’t make sense that she is pretty much literally abused in the fae world so you would think she would take any other options out there. But the fae world is the only one she knows and feels any sort of comfortable in so I kind of liked that. But it was not enough to carry this book for me.

I found some of the politics vaguely intriguing but just none of did enough for me to keep reading. I even skipped ahead to try and see if I could find any reveals that would make me keep reading. I found a few but, alas, it was not enough.

Please don’t throw things at me!


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  1. Well, I have to be honest- I have been on the hunt for bloggers who aren’t riding the hype train when it comes to this book. I read it in full and mostly it only managed to amaze me- how is it so hyped? :) The end 20% was truly what saved the book for me- the ‘court intrigue’ really kicked in there, but a lot of the things angered me as well…

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