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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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SmartSassery
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Oh. My. HECK! I absolutely adored this book! I'm already into The Lost Sisters I'm hooked. It is a great dark twisted fairytale. Not those kinds where a princess needs a man and all the animals do her housework. Instead it's a dark story filled with murder, torment, and treachery.

#WinterGames
#JingleBallers
@FantasyChick
#TBRRead

FantasyChick Great review! 16pts 2d
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kymmiesreads
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Awesome start to the series! I gave it 4 stars ⭐️ If you like fairies this is a great book for you. It is YA fantasy but I think any age could read it.

#TMSkellington #Wintergames @Crimson613 @Crimson613 #TBRread

Crimson613 16pts! It feels like everyone is reading this series and saying its good, maybe I should pick it up soon too :D 4d
kymmiesreads @Crimson613 it‘s an AMAZING series! 3d
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RiseoftheReader
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This book was so amazing both the first time and second time I‘ve read it!!

InsomniacGhuleh Easily one of my all time favorites. This series is amazing. 4d
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juls29
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I‘m finishing up the cruel prince today. The story is great but honestly all the different types of creatures and the different courts is so confusing to me. Are these typical faerie creatures that I am supposed to know about? Would someone explain some of them to me?

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Lovesbooks87
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Because of all the hype around this series I had to start it right away. I am not hooked yet. But I am very interested in what is going to happen to Jude. So on to the next book after running my errands.

Gaylagal2 So cute!🐾🥰🐾 1w
HOTPock3tt The next book is way better! It‘s what HOOKED me. It‘s masterfully done!! 🎉😁😎 1w
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Lovesbooks87
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I ate way too much food today. Relaxing with a new book and Ruby!

AnansiGirl “Why are you reading when you should be petting me” look 😹 1w
Stacypatrice Ruby‘s expression 😅 1w
Bookzombie 💕🐱 1w
kaysworld1 That cat could murder!! 🤭🐈 1w
kspenmoll 😻😻 1w
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Letora
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So many people love this book. I love Holly Black and was willing to give it a try.
I couldn't for the life of me enjoy it.
Jude annoyed me as a main character. She doesn't really develop, or change. And the style of writing put me off. I don't want to read bullet points of a character's past, I'm here for a story! Sorry guys, not a series I will continue.

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kymmiesreads
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“Nice things don‘t happen in storybooks,” Taryn says. “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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LibrarianRyan
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The blanket isn‘t much wider than the chair but it‘s the perfect size for a single reader. It‘s also really soft. #owlcrate

Mishu94 How are you finding the cruel prince? 3w
LibrarianRyan @Mishu94 I have not started it yet. 3w
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hermyknee Oooh I love that blanket! 2w
LibrarianRyan @hermyknee yes. So does my dog. I‘ve yet to convince her it‘s mine. 2w
hermyknee @LibrarianRyan did you get the Queen of Nothing special edition box from OwlCrate? I didn‘t, but I‘m wondering what all was inside! 2w
LibrarianRyan @hermyknee no I didn‘t. I know a litten did because they posted the review I‘d the book and it was the Owlcrate copy. Let me see if I can find it. 2w
LibrarianRyan @hermyknee @alisonrose got the Owlcrate. I didn‘t see an unboxing on her feed but it might be on insta. 2w
alisonrose @LibrarianRyan @hermyknee Yes, if you go to alisonrose711 on Instagram, I posted it as an IGTV video ☺️ 2w
alisonrose @hermyknee 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 2w
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“if you hurt me, i wouldn't cry. i would hurt you back.“

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FantasyChick
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Well this looks fun!

1. I was a teen parent, I've lived in the same town my whole life, I love the beach
2. Tagged series. It's ok but I don't get the hype 🤷‍♀️
3. A couple. The locals usually set up in the grocery stores when they self publish so you run into one from time to time.
4. Hot. I hate the cold

#litsylearn @Alora

Alora Thank you so much for playing!! 💜 Is the lie that you‘ve lived in the same town?! 3w
Eggbeater You hate the beach! 3w
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sherryvdh I think the beach is the lie? 3w
BookishTrish I‘m guessing beach 3w
Alora I don‘t like the beach either! Swimming in lakes/beaches freaks me out lol. 3w
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Mrs_Organized_Chaos
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Bailedbailed

I really wanted to love this book but at 227 pages I am still not wanting to drop everything and pick it up. I decided to end my suffering. I dont want a book to be a chore. In fact, I would rather do chores than sit and read this book.

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NAM99
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It‘s true, happy storybooks are boring 😉

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CWilson
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Unpopular opinion: why did this book get so much positive feedback?

So disgusted with the way she was treated and abused/ humiliated for her to just make nice and kiss the very same guy. A guy kills her parents so she lives with him and learns about politics from him? Sorry, but how does this story make it through a publisher? It felt rushed, and cruel just for the shock factor of being cruel.

Brittybuhh I think these books are very overhyped. I enjoy them enough to read them but this and the wicked king are no where near my top favorite books. I though book 2 was even worse than book 1. 😂 I like the idea of the story I just don‘t think enough time was spent in character/relationship/world building. All that being said I still ordered the exclusive owlcrate for queen of nothing. 😂 1mo
ofclumsywords I thought the exact same thing. I read this entire book just to finish it but didn‘t like it at all. And this was my first Holly Black book too and not sure if I want to read anything more of hers. 1mo
CWilson @Brittybuhh oh yuck, book 2 is worse? I wanted to like this one because of the pretty blanket in November‘s box 💁🏻‍♀️ 1mo
CWilson @ofclumsywords I agree, I definitely don‘t think I‘ll be in a hurry to read anymore of this author! 1mo
Brittybuhh @CWilson I thought book 2 was extremely predictable and anticlimactic! Like everything that happened is what I figured would happen so I found it extremely boring. 1mo
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Genstl3
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the story but I wasn‘t smitten with it. I felt like it was missing something, I can‘t really put my finger on it. I did continue to the next book though and have pre ordered the third book. I feel like it is a see for yourself kind of read, I‘m not running to tell everyone about it but I‘m not disliking it to where I stopped reading it.

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Usagi
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Mehso-so

Alright! So, I FINALLY read this after it being on my shelf for a bit. I have a love/hate relationship with Jude, she is a catastrophy waiting to happen; However, I can understand her line of thinking. My biggest gripe about this book would be: predictability. I do like the story though, it was twisted with flawed characters (my favorite). If you are looking for cuteness, candy, ❤️'s and insta luv, this is NOT it.

Overall? 3.5 - 4 Envious Stars

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NAM99
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The hardest part of loving someone is realizing that you can‘t always protect them and sometimes, having to ignore the things that are making them hurt. #yallfestprep

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Deborah42
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Faeries may be beautiful and immortal, but they‘re also cruel and deceitful. As a human living in their world, Jude knows this all too well. Her determination to have some control over her own life leads her into a complex web of betrayal and political intrigue.

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ILoveReading28
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Just brought this on my kindle today 👑

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megzlynn
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Today‘s Prompt: Trick or Treat: Name a character that is a trick and name one that is a treat.

Trick: Taryn

Treat: Oak

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fire_skyee
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Soon the adventure can continue!

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Shamzi
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A good fantasy book or series is not just about good story, its about creating a whole new world which is beyond imagination yet very believable. Its beauty lies in the fact that you see yourself living in this world. This is a good fantasy book.
The start was slow but once the story picked pace, it was very enjoyable. The end was superb. I quickly started book 2 and came to know book 3 is still to be released so will have to wait for a while.

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Chrissyreadit
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OMG!!! Read this on my flight and loved it!!! This is a favorite for sure. Faerie, mortals, angst, anger, betrayal- absolutely yes!

aprilpohren One of my favorite books! 3mo
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Shamzi
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Started this one, the start is slow, hoping it would pick up soon!!

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Schnoebs
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Mehso-so

3⭐️

With all the hype surrounding this book, I was really hoping for a lot more. And on top of it, I wasn't expecting to predict the endings of Book One and Two (especially coming from someone who can't predict anything).

Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2890109449

#bookmark #bookishbox #fantasy #overhyped #mpls #twincities

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Chrissyreadit
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I‘m reading 100% for me tonight. It has been a day of mourning in my area. A beloved co worker from my past job with Birth To Three was killed by a drunk driver. She served families in her job and as a volunteer at a special camp. We will feel her loss keenly for a very long time.

collegecatlady So sorry about your loss 3mo
Jas16 I am so sorry 3mo
RvnclawWhovian So sorry about your loss! Hopefully this book helps a little, I read it in one day and loved it 3mo
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TamTracy So sorry for your loss. That‘s terrible. On another note...this is a great book! 3mo
Lcsmcat I‘m so sorry - such a loss to the community. 3mo
CBee I‘m so very sorry 🙁 3mo
cobwebmoth Oh, I'm so sorry. Sending hugs. 3mo
Crazeedi May God comfort you and her family, so very tragic. 💔 3mo
JessClark78 Sorry for your loss. 💔 3mo
twohectobooks Sorry for your loss! 3mo
AmyG Oh no. How horrible. I am so sorry. 😢 3mo
mrp27 So sorry for your loss, sending warm thoughts. 3mo
jmtrivera I'm so sorry. 3mo
bromeliad Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry for you and your community! 3mo
CarolynM That's so sad. I'm sorry for your loss. 3mo
Leftcoastzen So sorry for your loss. 3mo
xicanti Oh no. What a horrible thing. 3mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai That's horrible. So sorry for your loss. 3mo
Chrissyreadit @collegecatlady @Jas16 @RvnclawWhovian @TamTracy @Lcsmcat @CBee @cobwebmoth @Crazeedi @JessClark78 @twohectobooks @AmyG @mrp27 @jmtrivera @bromeliad @CarolynM @Leftcoastzen @xicanti @GrilledCheeseSamurai thank you all for your condolences. It‘s hard to share the type of impact this will have and how fortunate I was to have known her and worked with her. 3mo
Avanders Oh so sorry 😢🖤 3mo
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Schnoebs
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Damn, just attacking my storybooks and fairytales 😂

#hollyblack #thefolkoftheair #truth #mpls #twincities

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cewilf
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Hello #bfc team - I‘m still here! Fell off the wagon a bit this past week and haven‘t had a chance to catch up on everyone‘s posts, I apologize, but I‘m going to try to get to them tomorrow! Overall I didn‘t have a great week, but I‘m trying to pick it back up again 💪 if anything, I‘m reading more frequently now, so that‘s a plus! #bfcr3 @tjwill @Megabooks @bromeliad @Tineke @Emilymdxn @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @TheEllieMo @guinsgirlreads

Megabooks Me too. Honestly, I‘m not holding the fitness part together really well. Hang in there, Cassandra! ❤️❤️ 3mo
cobwebmoth Sorry you had a rough week. Hang in there.❤ 3mo
Suelizbeth But you do have a beautiful reading companion. 😻 😻 3mo
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tjwill Good job with the reading! I hope you have an easier week! 3mo
Dragon 😻 3mo
KathyWheeler The reading is good. That‘s the only thing I accomplished today. 3mo
bromeliad Hey, it's all good! Remember that health is a journey, not a destination! We're here for you if you need anything. 🤗 Also your cat is GORGEOUS. 3mo
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RvnclawWhovian
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While the fiancé watched college football, I started and finished The Cruel Prince today. A couple chapters in I thought, “Well, good thing we don‘t have plans today because this is what I‘m doing”. Now I can officially say I read more than one book this month ??‍♀️ This one reeled me in fast and didn‘t let go. Good thing I bought the second book first by mistake lol! Review forthcoming when I catch up on my increasing backlog ?

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Eva2
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Mehso-so

I can see why teens enjoy this, but it was all a bit ‘clunky‘ for me. Just didn‘t read smoothly. And little things annoyed me. Apparently, Faeries can‘t lie....yet they are all scheming, backstabbing and lying their way through the entire book!. Bizarre

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AbigailJaneBlog
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Super good, and nothing like I was expecting 😍

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Mishu94
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Almost done with this! I ordered the second book a week before so that I could start it without any delay butttt to my misery I got the wrong book through the mail! 😭😭 now I‘ll have to wait another week 🥺💔

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Eva2
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Another YA read. Haven‘t read this author before. Hope it‘s a good one!

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malloriebane
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This has been on my #TBR for what feels like forever now and this is the month I‘m finally reading it! I‘m so excited to dive into this world this month! What‘s your most anticipated book on your TBR this month? #newtsreadathon2019 #newtstbr #cruelprince

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majkia
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Ugh. Definitely not the target audience for this. Cruel teens being cruel for no reason. Ugh.

ofclumsywords I wasn‘t a fan of this book either! I‘m so glad I‘m not the only one 🙌 4mo
majkia Glad to be of help 4mo
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Snowphie
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To me it was a book that you needed to force yourself to keep reading to try to find the good bit, the bit that would get you hooked on it. It did have a couple of twists where you thought you knew what was going to happen but then it slightly changed. But for me the characters seemed a little flat, they weren't like able , they were predictable characters.

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AriThomas
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The BEST Fae/Faerie book I've come across!!!

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TamTracy
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I really enjoyed this book. YA fantasy is not a normal genre for me but this book came to me highly recommended and I really loved it. The characters and the world they live in were so interesting and the writing was amazing.

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MzTownsend
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I didn‘t find it as good as her other fae books!!! Took me forever to read it. But I am gonna read the next book whenever I get it.

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my.books.in.squares
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Picking this up for #thereadingrush as I had an early finish from work. Who else is participating and how are you getting on? 🙂

Challenge: book I meant to read last year.

Q84 I am but I havent even finished one book yet😟 5mo
Mishu94 I just started reading this, how did you like it? 4mo
my.books.in.squares @Mishu94 I loved it and I am looking forward to reading book 2. 3mo
Mishu94 @my.books.in.squares I‘m liking it so far! I hope the ending is good aswell 😂 3mo
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ElzBubble
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Another one of my favorite authors, Holly Black. I just can‘t get enough of her stories and I love her representation of fae worlds. Its amazing!

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How do I go about finding people to write to from #litsylove ? I'm 42 years old and I love reading books in any format (paper, Kindle, audiobooks). I enjoy paranormal/urban fantasy fiction, as well as some mysteries and historical fiction from the 1920s US and Victorian England. I read both adult & YA. Pic is Persephone sleeping on my Kindle. Tagged book is one of my current reads.

StayCurious If you would like to join the #litsylove pen pal group, check out @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks page. She‘ll give you the details 🤗 5mo
witchyreader13 @StayCurious Excellent. Thank you so much! 5mo
Kaylamburson Welcome to #LitsyLove!! I just joined that group, too, and everyone is so sweet and wonderful. 5mo
witchyreader13 @Kaylamburson Thank you! I can't wait to participate! 5mo
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BookFreakOut
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Audiobook challenge for #24in48! I don't buy audiobooks, and prefer the convenience of streaming through Overdrive and Hoopla, but will get CDs for readathons when I'm listening for a long stretch of time. @24in48

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mattthebookworm
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Mehso-so

Sometimes the plot is hard to follow. There are to many events happening that are not needed in the story.

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shanaqui
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Right now, I'm afraid I'm mostly wondering when this will start going somewhere less well trodden, because it all feels entirely familiar...

Clare-Dragonfly I felt it really started to surprise me toward the end, and then The Wicked King ramped it up more. I have no idea where the third book is going to go. 5mo
shanaqui @Clare-Dragonfly Hmmmmmm. It's difficult to keep going for payoff at the end! :/ 5mo
Clare-Dragonfly If you find it difficult to keep going, maybe it‘s not worth it for you! I love this kind of book so the familiarity of the earlier parts was cozy for me. 5mo
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bernadette
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Mehso-so

I'm not the target demographic for this one so maybe that's why I ended up skimming it. There are twists and turns in plot but I didn't really like the characters who perhaps should have been sympathetic for all the cruel things that happen to them but they somehow never earned my sympathy. I can see why people might like this one but it wasn't for me. But I would recommend The Coldest Girl in Coldtown also by Holly Black.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Okay I've read this thing twice now and maybe I'll get attacked for this but I still don't get it.

Is it a fun fantasy? Absolutely! Solid characters, romance and conflict

Is it "sell your Barnes and Noble special edition copy for $300 USD"? No

I'll absolutely read the sequel and the ending to this was great but I just don't get why it's so different from all other YA fantasies with faeries

Sweetkokoro I have to agree, while I myself did enjoy the book, and it‘s one of the few YA books I will recommend (I don‘t like much YA) it‘s definitely not THAT good. Haha. Sometimes the hype around a book can be so over the top. 5mo
Lucy_Anywhere While I enjoyed The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King and thought they stood out among YA fantasy, I just don't find YA as good as books aimed more at adults 5mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I am giving the book another shot

Lucy_Anywhere Stick with it 😀 I wasn't sure at first, but it gets deliciously dark. And The Wicked King is a great read! 5mo
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cewilf
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Current predicament: Out of my reading slump! I finished two books yesterday. But now I can‘t decide what‘s next 😂 I started The Cruel Prince, but alas, it‘s in present tense and that‘s incredibly hard for me to get past. I‘m five chapters in and not quite convinced I want to continue. Meanwhile, husband is reading TOG and I‘m jealous and want to reread it...but that would lead to a full series reread.. 🆘📚 Suggestions? Other books to pick up!?

Dragon Maybe try 5mo
cewilf @Dragon I have that one! It‘s been on my shelf forever. I think I will try to start it this week :) 5mo
Dragon Hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🤞 5mo
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