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Cruel Prince
Cruel Prince | Holly Black
By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. 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.
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reading.rainb0w
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This minor detail is going to make my nerd brain explode. 🤯
I just read Legend and Lattes featuring a hob, and now I feel like I'm reading about a completely different creature. Hobs fly??? Since when?
I haven't found any online lore stating this. (Yes, I searched about 20 minutes lol) Maybe it's just a creative decision on the authors part. Either way, it's bothering me. Other than that, I'm enjoying this so far!😅

hannah-leeloo Welcome to litsy 1w
reading.rainb0w @hannah-leeloo thank you! I'm glad I found a legit spot to talk books! 😊 1w
hannah-leeloo It's amazing here 1w
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sakeriver
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I liked this one, which is unsurprising since I almost always enjoy YA fantasy. I think it plays with certain genre tropes in an interesting way, particularly in the relationships between several of the main characters. The plot is entertaining and propulsive, part coming-of-age, part court intrigue, but what I found more interesting is the characterization, particularly how different character respond differently to ongoing trauma and danger.

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sakeriver
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Csenge
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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“If you hurt me, I wouldn‘t cry. I would hurt you back.”

Liatrek Just finished a reread of this series. Love it so much ❤️❤️ 3w
Csenge @Liatrek I loved it too, I can't even count how many times I've read it 3w
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Liatrek
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Totally enjoyed this reread of the Cruel Prince. Jude is still one of my fav fantasy MC. She is perfectly flawed and I really enjoy the dynamic between her and Maddox.

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Amabear
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

Ahhhhhh i put this one off for a long time and I‘m kicking myself for it because I‘m obsessed with this series now. I‘m in the middle of book three- listening on audiobooks via Libby- amazing narration. Such a good book/series. #highlyreccomend #yesplease #5stars #fairies #fae

Clare-Dragonfly Your delay was smart! You‘re much closer to the release of The Stolen Heir! 2mo
Amabear @Clare-Dragonfly is that a book@for the series that isn‘t released yet? How many books are there total? 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly It‘s a trilogy, and I believe The Stolen Heir is a connected book with a different main character. There‘s also another book that is connected, I think. I don‘t necessarily pay attention or remember, I just see “new book by Holly Black” and smash that preorder button 😆 2mo
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Amabear @Clare-Dragonfly hahahaha 😂🙌🏻 what‘s your fav book by her? 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, that‘s a tough one! On the one hand I feel like her books keep getting better and better. On the other hand I still have a soft spot for 2mo
Amabear @Clare-Dragonfly I‘ll add it for sure! Thanks! 2mo
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eden.s.volk
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Mehso-so

This series is quite popular, and it is definitely well-written. However, I was not the biggest fan of the first in the series. After reading the synopsis of the second, I've decided to give it a try but for some reason some aspects of the plot were confusing to me and I didn't like some parts of it.

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Balibee146
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Needed an entertaining easy read as I've been unwell today. Enjoyed this and looking forward to the second book also available on Prime Reading 😊

TrishB My daughter likes these 😁 3mo
Balibee146 @TrishB lol I'm definitely not the target demographic lol 🎯😜 3mo
TrishB 😂😂 if you enjoy it doesn‘t matter! 3mo
Balibee146 @TrishB agree 100%👍😁 3mo
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persephone1408
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#manicmonday #letterC @CBee
📚The Cruel Prince, Coldest girl in coldtown
💻Suzanne Collins
🎥Castle, Call me Kat
🎶Spencer Charnas
🎼Cry baby by the Neighbourhood

CBee 😀😀😀 4mo
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Karisa
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Fantastic fantasy filled with faeries, betrayals, and complex characters. I loved the world Holly Black created here and am jumping straight into the sequel!

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roronoazoro
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Mehso-so

I have to admit I found the beginning very boring until the coronation/betrayal chapters.
After that it did get fun and now I‘m excited to read the next one. I feel like I‘ll like that plot way more than this one.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26032825

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Ddzmini
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So I picked this back up and just finished it loved the twist and turns along with the characters good read 📖🤗

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MeatPiie
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? January 16th, 2022
Woooow, I now understand why this book is a NYT no.1!
The lore is original, and even though I thought the plot was "foreseeable", I still was surprised from time to time :)
I will continue reading the saga.

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gabrielasmj
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this book made me love a guy with a tail! i feel like it would be nice to forget everything just so i could read it for the first time again. also there‘s a nice plot at the end.
i need to highlight that scene which has the knife in the neck thing🤭😂
before i forget… i surely recommend those who had just finished the book to look for the memes about it on twitter. they‘re the best! just take care with the spoilers #thecruelprince

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zahra7
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Come back when returning feels like a hard choice instead of an easy one.

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zahra7
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

I swear myself into your service. I will act as your hand. I will act as your shield. I will act in accordance with your will. Let it be so for one year and one day…and not for one minute more

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zahra7
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Never is like forever.

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zahra7
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But we all want stupid things. That doesn‘t mean we should have them.

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zahra7
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In moments like these, it is almost possible to think there is no river of spilled blood between us all.

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zahra7
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Right then, I feel as though he sees everything—every hope of my heart, every stray thought I‘ve had before falling into an exhausted sleep each dawn.

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zahra7
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I thought I was playing the game of pissing off people who hated me already and eating the consequences.

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zahra7
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What you lack is nothing to do with experience.

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zahra7
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Even if, by some miracle, I could be better than them, I will never be one of them.

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zahra7
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They highlight that I am vulnerable. No matter how careful I am, eventually I‘ll make another misstep. I am weak. I am fragile. I am mortal. I hate that most of all.

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zahra7
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“I thought I was supposed to be good and follow the rules,” I say. “But I am done with being weak. I am done with being good. I think I am going to be something else.”

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zahra7
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There‘s always something left to lose.

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zahra7
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“Do you know what they call us?” she demands. “The Circle of Worms."

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zahra7
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I want to feel something, something besides a vague queasiness. I want to feel more, but every time I look at it, I feel less.

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zahra7
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We rise when the shadows grow long and head to our beds before the sun rises.

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zahra7
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Here, I am the strange one, with my blunt fingers, round ears, and mayfly life.

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zahra7
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There, you will be rich beyond measure. There, you will be with your own kind.

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zahra7
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She wasn‘t even scared. She wasn‘t sure she felt anything at all.

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zahra7
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“I have seen the acorn before the oak. I have seen the spark before the flame. But never have I seen such as this: A dead woman living. A child born from nothing.”

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zahra7
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Everything was boring. Everything was fine

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zahra7
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He simply appeared, as if stepping between one shadow and the next.

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BarkingMadRead
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I beat my friend to the restaurant for lunch, so I‘m starting this…

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Saknicole
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First Half: meh, Jude is hard to fully empathize with initially - Second Half: builds to a freight train of intrigue and action. Jude‘s journey starts to make more sense and builds in I connective tissue. I loved this book but really only kept going because I was intrigued about how she was going to do anything that would lead to a connection between the two fated lovers. I can‘t wait for the next book!

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BookBr
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This was a tricksy little faerie tale, with a lot of familiar things and some unfamiliar to keep it interesting. Definitely an enjoyable and immersive read, although I find myself ambivalent about getting on to the next in the series — whether because it didn‘t grab me as much as I originally thought or because it just works as a one off if you ignore the lead-in at the end, I‘m not sure. Still a pick, I think.

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MeJeMiller
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Just not the right book for me. My mind couldn‘t connect the human world and the fairy world. Not that I necessarily had to but I wanted to. I just couldn‘t get into this book. I couldn‘t like any of the characters. I‘m VERY impartial about this book.

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Larkken
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April was a good reading month (1 bingo! Yay!), and I seem to have kept up pretty well on #aam, #roll100, and #bookspin/#doublespin! Favorite challenge read was, surprisingly enough, the tagged YA politics and fantasy set in a faerie realm. I didn‘t love the formulaic YA-ness of it all, but the resolutions and reveals in the last half were slightly unexpected and therefore interesting. I would read the next in the series, and I didn‘t expect that!

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beenbee
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I read this book two weeks ago. Then I read it again, and again, and again. I can‘t express the amount this book has changed my life. The worldbuilding was alluring and dark, and the fantasy elements were so engaging. The book as a whole was just heavenly and gave off an otherworldly yet realistic energy I‘ve never found while reading before. I loved how romance is a subplot and not a main focus. This book reached all my expectations and more.

Saknicole I loved this book too! Have you read the next yet? Also great photo! 7mo
beenbee @Saknicole I haven‘t read the next one yet because it‘s sold out at most places but I‘m definitely planning on it! Also thank you! 7mo
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beenbee
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“I spent much of my life guarding my heart. I guarded it so well that I could behave as though I didn‘t have one at all. Even now, it is a shabby, worm-eaten, and scabrous thing. But it is yours.”

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beenbee
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“But kissing Locke never felt the way that kissing Cardan does, like taking a dare to run over knives, like an adrenaline strike of lightning, like the moment when you've swum too far out in the sea and there is no going back, only cold black water closing over your head.”

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beenbee
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Love love LOVE these quotes.

“Let's have a toast. To the incompetence of our enemies.”

“Because you‘re like a story that hasn‘t happened yet. Because I want to see what you will do. I want to be part of the unfolding of the tale.”

“There‘s always something left to lose.”

“That‘s what comes of hungering for something; you forget to check if it‘s rotten before you gobble it down.”

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beenbee
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“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.”