Cruel Prince by Holly Black : Seductively Wicked

HI GUYS!! Sorry for a big hiatus, had the busiest days of my life </3 and the most exhausting ones too, but I’m ready to be back with a new book review that I recently finished. I’ll go on some blog hopping these next few days 😀


Cruel Prince is Holly Black’s new book and it was amazing ! The only problem I have with this book is the pace. It started very slowly but it was necessary to build up the world of Faerie and the characters introduction so I can understand.  My reaction changes dramatically depending on different parts of the books.


The Prologue started very strong, with a murderous side to it. And I was like DAMNN THIS IS STARTING GOOD. We get introduced to Jude, the main character, a human who’s been taking under a Faerie Sergeant wings  along with her two sisters, Madoc, into the Faerie World. He’s like a dad to them. But then, the first 150 pages are all about the world building. It was a bit childish for me because it’s all about the teenagers and some drama at school with some guys bullying them. 


If you can survive the 150 pages, I promise you, the rest is SO WORTH IT. The pace picks up pretty quickly, with an action-packed dark and gory finale. Political conspirators, dethroning the King, sisters bond got challenged, a dad who turns out to be a bloody Faerie psychopath, and on top of that, our Jude is having one of the most unexpected role in this novel. Oh god !! My joy when I read that she’s not some stereotypical teenager who needs a /Prince to come rescue.


The main character’s development is amazing as well as some side characters ( although I just hated Taryn- Jude’s Twin Sister and Locke- Jude’s boyfriend). If you liked Adelina in The Young Elites, you will like Jude. They follow the same path and I just love when the main character turns to darkness. Becoming the antihero I’ve always dreamed (throwback to Why I Love Them Villains post ;). The back story is so well built that you can actually see yourself and becoming the antihero the author planned for Jude. You can see that Madoc (her adoptive father) has some bloody influence on her behaviours and her fall into darkness.

The ending …. makes me hate myself for reading this book too early T_T



Thank you to Hachette Canada for the ePub advance copy! (I  don’t own any Kindle so I had to read it on my phone hahah and this is probably my only epub read of the year) 

The book will be released on January 2, 2018 ! 



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44 thoughts on “Cruel Prince by Holly Black : Seductively Wicked

  1. Dani☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆ says:

    Amazing Review Trang!!! I requested this title because of your amazing review!!!💖💖💖 This definitely seems worth it my LOVE! You were missed deeply and I was hoping you were okay! Sorry you got so busy! I figured you were overwhelmed with school and work! I hope you had a great weekend and never forget how amazing you are!!!🤗😗🤗😗🤗


  2. Ruzaika @ The Regal Critiques says:

    Busy days, sigh. tell me about it- I’m back from a blogging hiatus myself and haven’t really felt like picking up a book AT ALL the past few days. Soon, though.
    This one sounds really great despite the rocky start, and you definitely piqued my interest with your review! The MC seems to have undergone quite the character arc and I totally love the sound of it! Great review, Trang! xx

    Ruzaika @ The Regal Critiques.


  3. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books says:

    Okaaaay, you’ve definitely sold me!! This book sounds intriguing even if the middle lagged a bit. It sounds right up my alley but I think I’ll wait for the sequel to be out and binge read it! Otherwise, the withdrawal symptoms are sooo bad. XD Anyway loved your review and those in-between banners! The are gorgeous! ❤


  4. Marie says:

    Great review, Trang! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this book. Slow beginnings are annoying at times, but necessary for great world-building sometimes, as well 🙂 I haven’t read anything by Holly Black just yet, to be honest I am scared that it will be too…scary/gore for me?!! I don’t know haha.


  5. Raven @ Dreamy Addictions says:

    Wonderful review, Trang! I’m a huge fan of Holly Black’s fae novels. Cruel Prince is one of my highly anticipated books of 2018 and hearing your thoughts on it makes me even more excited. I’m so glad you loved it! I can’t wait to devour it! 🙂


  6. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Good to hear this was such an amazing book! And glad to know the pacing didn’t make you drop it at the beginning – I know I would have thought about it hahaha
    Wonderful review, Trang 🙂 It really made me want to read this one ASAP! I might try some of Holly Black’s other books first and wait until the sequel comes out so I don’t suffer through the wait though xD


  7. Rayna says:

    I have never read anything by Holly Black, as most of her books don’t appeal to me. But this one sounds great and I’m even more excited to read it after your review! I also have White Cat on my TBR, so I’ll probably read that before I get to this one. Do you have any other Holly Black recommendations?


  8. LizScanlon says:

    *sobs*- you’re making me read all the books that you read with your reviews, no joke XD I think my TBR just fainted.. hahaha… yeah, I’ve been wondering about this book.. never read Black’s books before but the title already sounds like it would fit the bill for me… Great review!


  9. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    Dang it Trang! I have been doing so good and this has landed right on top of my TBR. It might very well be my next after holiday (trying to stick to only buying for others) purchase. Although, tempted to preorder! You have me very excited for this! And I think the extensive world building probably will go over well with myself 😉 Stellar review!


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