The Cruel Prince – Staff Review – Isabella
The Cruel Prince is a YA fantasy novel that I didn’t know I needed. The novel follows Jude, a human girl who, along with her twin sister Taryn and half (faerie) sister Vivi, lives among immortal beings in the world of Faerie. Though Jude feels out of place in this world not built for her, she does all she can to fit in… possibly too much. The main thing I took away from this novel was the beautiful world-building. There are many YA fantasy novels with similar faerie-laden worlds full of mischief and intrigue, but the vivid imagery that Holly Black adopts in The Cruel Prince sets it apart. Everything from the food, to the clothing, to the landscape is described in great detail. While this novel was not my favorite YA fantasy book story-wise, the vivid imagery conveyed through the words of Holly Black kept me constantly engaged (would recommend for a pesky reading slump).