Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black


The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)

Author: Holly Black

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 384

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.

4 out of 5 stars


I knew that I was going to love this book and I’m so glad I picked it up this month!

The Cruel Prince follows a girl named Jude who is mortal and living in Faerie. Her mortal mother used to be married to a faerie but then ran away while pregnant with her older sister, Vivienne. Jude has a twin named Taryn, and at the age of 7, the ex-husband faerie comes and kills the girls’ parents and steals them away to live in Faerie. The three girls grow up as members of the court as their “father” is an important member of the Faerie society. All Jude wants is to be a knight of the faeries, but being mortal sets her back from this. She has to deal with the school bullies who just so happen to be led by one of the princes…

This book was really great! THE PLOT TWISTS. Oh my gosh I literally did not see them coming at all.

I think this is a great fantasy to read if you’re just getting into fantasy because it isn’t too difficult to understand, and even though there are multiple mini storylines, its easy to follow. The world building of this book was beautiful and I can see why people call Holly Black the master of the fae world. I read The Darkest Part of the Forest quite awhile ago, but I’m even more impressed with the world building and characters in this one.

This book is dedicated to Cassandra Clare. Omg.

For Cassandra Clare, who was finally lured into Faerieland.

ugh too cute. I love when authors are best friends cause CUTE.

I can’t wait to see where this series goes because there are SO MANY ROUTES IT COULD TAKE. I am HERE for Prince Cardan. I loved him right away even though he was being horrible to Jude because I knew that there was going to be something about him… I was right.

Prince Cardan is just so…. unique. He is cruel *thee cruel prince? hmm idk* to Jude, but there’s something different about him that I noticed right away. I can’t exactly put my finger on it because it wasn’t just one moment, but I knew that he would become a main character.

Jude is headstrong and knows what she wants, so when she starts getting distracted by the beautiful faerie boys. Girl, I knew that was going to end badly.

I have so many theories of what could happen in the next books and you’ll have to watch my YouTube review that will be going up soon!

Meeting Cassandra Clare!


Yesterday marked an amazing day that I had been waiting for since the beginning of the year… I got to meet Cassandra Clare! Here is a story of how the day went:

My mom and my friends, Maddie and Andi, and I met at 6:45 and drove the three and a half hour drive to Omaha, Nebraska. I drove the whole way in my silver Jeep Liberty named Luna (as in Luna Lovegood), and we get to the place the signing is going to be at. Alright. So we pull up to the middle school/library and we see about 100-150ish cars in the parking lot and absolutely NO SPOTS LEFT. We were freaking out. It was literally 10:30 am when we got there and the event started at 1:30… How were there so many people there already?!

We walk up to the entrance and talk to a doorman person and he tells us to go to a different door for the signing. Cool. We think that there will be a huge line. We wouldn’t get to meet her. She wouldn’t get to sign our books. Oh my gosh. NO! We came all this way, and we walk over to the door and there are seven girls. Seven. 7. Siete. We later find out that there is a church service happening during the morning. So we meet these girls and fangirl a little bit and talk about books and everything. They asked us how far we were in Lady Midnight. I was the furthest of the group *cough cough* not floating my own boat, but I’m amazing ;)

We sit down and hang out with them for a little while and then figure out we’re at the wrong door. Okay, so we walk over to the original door and sit down in the line that we started. There were about ten of us there until 11:30, and then EVERYONE and their mother started showing up. We were within the first ten people of a crowd of about 400 people. It paid off that we got there early! My mom and aunt (who lives in Omaha) brought us some pizza and bread sticks at 11:45ish and we sat down on the pavement and ate that. It was really great, actually. Props to Little Caesars.

Anywho. So we wait until 1:30, and they let us into the auditorium that the Q&A would be in. Since we were at the front of the line we got to sit in the front row. The event was scheduled to start at two, so by the time everyone was settled and in their seats it was 1:45ish. We all waited and waited for 2:00 to happen, and then there was an announcement saying that their tour bus was late.

It was 20 minutes late. I get that traffic is bad, but for real. Ugh. So we wait the extra 20 minutes. Then the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Sarah Rees Brennan all walk into the auditorium and everyone FREAKS out. Oh my gosh it was so great! The three took questions from the audience and answered them. We got some hope for a Malec book. Holly Black said that Will Herondale was her favorite character. Sarah Rees Brennan said that Julian was her favorite. Cassandra Clare didn’t say a favorite, but I think that it’s Jace.

After the Q&A there was the signing portion. We went out into the lobby and got our books signing. I have a book that Cassandra Clare wrote my name in for me! Ahh!

It was an amazing experience, and I highly suggest going to an author event no matter who the author is if you have the chance to! It was one of the best experiences of my life, honestly. My boyfriend, who didn’t go cause not a book nerd, finally witnessed my full fangirl mode. I FaceTimed him for an hour and a half and I’m pretty sure he got in about 15 maybe 20 words the whole time.

OH WELL!

GoSh It WaS sO gOoD!

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Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black


The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black

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Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Author: Holly Black

Release Date: January 13, 2015

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 324

Source: book store

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Hazel is just your average teenage girl, except she lives in an enchanted town. Everything is enchanted by faeries. Not fairies like Tinkerbell, but evil faeries. Hazel and her brother, Ben, are, like every other teenager in this town, obsessed with the faerie in the glass coffin. The boy of the fey has been entombed in a glass coffin for centuries, but no one knows why. One morning everyone freaks out because the glass has been broken, and that same morning Hazel wakes up with glass shards in her hands and dirt on her feet. It seems like everyone is skeptical of faeries except for Hazel and Ben. The siblings are best friends with a faerie boy, Jack. Hazel has had a crush on Jack for as long as she can remember, but Ben doesn’t know. Ben has been in love with the entombed boy since the beginning of time, so when they find out he’s been broken out, they decide they need to find him. All is well until Hazel finds out she’s been leading a different life than she once thought.

I really enjoyed this book! I absolutely loved the magical elements to this book and the twist Holly Black took on it. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five was because the end seemed rushed. I love when the resolution to the conflict is drawn out a little longer. All the loose ends were tied up nicely, though.

Characters:

Totally ship Hazel and Jack. They’re absolutely perfect. I also ship Ben and Severin even though their relationship seemed a little rushed. I loved the part at the end where Severin tells Ben how he feels. If you’ve read this book you know what I’m talking about! It was just perfectly worded; I loved it.

Who Would I Be?:

I would love to be Jack because he’s absolutely wonderful. I love him; he’s sassy and the perfect match for Hazel. I don’t know how I feel about the faerie mortality thing, though. I’m kind of glad that the epilogue didn’t talk about the distant future. The epilogue was perfect and just reiterated the fact that Jack and Hazel are perfect.

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