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The Cruel Prince
The 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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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
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

Never is like forever.

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zahra7
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

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

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zahra7
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

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
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

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
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

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

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zahra7
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

What you lack is nothing to do with experience.

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zahra7
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

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

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zahra7
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

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
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

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

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zahra7
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

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

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zahra7
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

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

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zahra7
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

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

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zahra7
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

“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
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

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

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Ellohcin
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BarkingMadRun
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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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Chittavrtti
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MeJeMiller
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Mehso-so

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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miabaker
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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! 2w
miabaker @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! 2w
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miabaker
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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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miabaker
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

“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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miabaker
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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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miabaker
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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.”

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miabaker
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Two Jude quotes that I feel really show her character development from a timid mortal girl into a mortal hungry for revenge.

“What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.”

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

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Gryffleclaw95
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I honestly don‘t remember why I put off reading this series for so long, but I definitely regret it. I enjoyed the characters (especially Jude who is a badass),the storyline, and the multiple plot twists. I can‘t wait to see how this story continues!

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KelsiTaylor
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I read this whole series in one day so it definitely was interesting! A little more slow burn than I expected. I definitely would‘ve liked it better when I was younger but I still quite liked the series and dynamic between Jude and Cardan!

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Uralkodo
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persephone1408 My favorite series💙 4mo
melmes These are my favourite series as well 2mo
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emmalouise1
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Wow 😍 this was my first proper fantasy faerie read as part of my exploring new genres and this just completely blew me away . A quick read amd a new favourite onto book 2 🥰 5 stars for sure

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Asthecroweflies
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1. Sarah Maas or Holly Black. 2. My warm bed or in an isolated corner of the library. 3. Not yet, but one of these days….
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs. I tag anyone to participate 😊

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🙏🏻📚🙌🏻 4mo
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Bookaholicforlife
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I finished this book last night and it was so good! It‘s been a while since I felt like I had to stay up all night to read so I can find out what happens next but this book did that for me! 5 star read! #thecruelprince #hollyblack #5starread

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Lunarstar27
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I like this book can‘t wait to read the next two

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KateReadsYA
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❤ LOOVVINNGGG these covers! 💗💗🥰💗💗

MadelineMcCrae So gorgeous! I‘ve been dying to read Small Favors and it‘s been sitting on my tbr for a while😅 5mo
KateReadsYA @MadelineMcCrae barnes and noble has it for $10 right now(hardcover) haha 😄 I cannot wait. I'm reading it this weekend 5mo
MadelineMcCrae @KateReadsYA omg! I‘m running to barnes and noble after work now!! 5mo
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KateReadsYA @MadelineMcCrae hahaha 😆 Yesss do it!!! They only had 1 left at the B&N I went to. God was with me!!!! Lol 5mo
chasjjlee I've had the Cruel Prince on my shelf for the longest! I need to read it soon. 5mo
KateReadsYA @chasjjlee that's gonna be me too. Idk when I'll get to it but I just had to buy it. 5mo
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RavenRenegade
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Just me, a glass of bubbly, and #thecruelprince to keep me company tonight. #amreading #hollyblack

TrishB Sounds good to me 👍🏻 6mo
RavenRenegade @TrishB Right? It‘s a good way to spend an evening. :) 6mo
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HufflepuffGirl90
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Book quote!!!

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akguillen13
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not usually my sort of thing but i thought i‘d give it a try and i was pleasantly surprised and ended up really loving it!

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Ddzmini
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So I bought this when we moved from California in 2018 and placed it in one of the boxes I left to mail out to me… needless to say I finally received the box and I‘m starting this now 🤗📖

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Emilymdxn
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So I hear about santas little helpers and my brain goes elves. My brain says elves and I think Holly Black. Her Tithe books were so huge for me in my preteen years and even though I barely read YA anymore I read this whole series and I loved it so much.

Having said that, I don‘t think these elves would do a good job helping Father Christmas.

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs @Clwojick #festivephotochallenge

Mahuako I've only read the first one so far but am sooooo ready to binch this one! 6mo
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Mmeso Ifebuzor
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The Cruel Prince is about a mortal girl, Jude Duarte, who tries to navigate a world of hate, betrayal, and her complicated and growing feeling towards her enemy. Jude is forced to grow up in Faerie land alongside her two sisters after being whisked away and raised by their parents' murderer.

Mmeso Ifebuzor As a mortal, living in a realm of immortal magic, Jude feels powerless at her own weakness. Between her mortality and lack of magical ability, she faces a grave disadvantage in earning power and prestige. However is determined to prove herself as more than a mere mortal, by being chosen as a knight in faerie court. (edited) 7mo
Mmeso Ifebuzor The biggest theme in The Cruel Prince, that cruelty of one person pressures others to be just as cruel. Most characters in the novel repay the cruelty they received back to other characters. Balekin‘s abuse towards Cardan, caused him to become twisted, causing him to be cruel to Jude and those weaker than him. Jude is mean to others because that is how Madoc taught her to survive, and the cruelty he displayed in front of her. 7mo
Mmeso Ifebuzor The cruel prince is written in first-person. The magical yet fatal land of Faerie is seen vividly through the eyes of the main protagonist, Jude.
This book is perfect for you, if you like mystery, fantasy, with a tad bit of romance. Personally, I loved it as you can see great character development in both Jude and Cardan as well as the growth between their relationship.
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MissYaremcio Nicely done Mmeso! I liked this series and read all of it this summer! 6/6 7mo
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