Book Review ~ The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)26032825
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 2 January 2018

Goodreads Summary

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.

My Review

“You have only seen the least of what I can do” – The Cruel Prince

      I would not be the first to mention that author, Holly Black is the queen of Faerie! Her stories about the faerie dive deep and are so intricately woven that you will never want to put them down. Her novel, The Darkest Part of the Forest was quite literally glued to my hands for the 6 or 7 hours it took me to read it. Her new novel, The Cruel Prince, the first book in The Folk of the Air trilogy, was no different. The Cruel Prince takes you on a rollercoaster of deception. Twist and turns fuel this story and you never know what is going to happen next.

      The main character, Jude, a total girl, wants to be accepted by the Faerie world. A world in which she has grown up, but has never truly belonged. Jude shows great strength and courage throughout the novel.  The decisions she makes have consequences. Whether right or wrong she will do what she needs to in order to accomplish the tasks before her. These moments of precise decision and occasional impulse seamlessly move the plot along its twisting path.

      The book also provides us with a stunning case of character, where even the smallest role is given a name and a purpose. The light air of romance that fills the pages is subtle it adds mystery to the story. Most of all, I loved the descriptions of the faerie realm. Holly Black adds color, glamour, and intrigue in her beautiful depictions of buildings, clothing, and people who you encounter throughout the novel, that you see them so vividly in you mind’s eye. I love that I can truly envision what I am reading.

      I highly suggest picking up this book on your next trip to the bookstore! It’s a wonderful start to what I’m sure will be a deliciously dark and beautiful trilogy!

Coming Soon:
The Wicked King – The Folk of the Air #2 (expected publication 2019)
The Queen of Nothing – The Folk in the Air #3 (expected publication 2020)


      Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my review of The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black. Our first review of 2018 is in the books!


Kimberly – WhimsicalNarratives


P.S. I had the joy of attending Holly Black’s book signing when she stopped in Atlanta on Wednesday!  It was fantastic and it was such fun listening to her talk about faerie. If she has a tour stop near you, I highly suggest going. 




Am I Doing This Write???

Here I go…I’m typing my first blog post on my new blog Whimsical Narratives (I also have a YouTube channel and Instagram of the same name). This blog has been sitting empty for almost a year. I never really had the inspiration or motivation to start the writing posts after the rush of excitement over creating the blog itself. The excitement just sorta died…

In fact, my YouTube/Booktube channel as also suffered from this…I’m not going to go to far into detail about why I haven’t been posting as often on my channel. I’m not quite ready for that yet. Let’s just say that my mental health as been on my radar a lot in the past year and a half and I finally decided to get some help.

So, you might be asking, “Why didn’t you just make a video about all of this?” The answer is that it’s complicated, I guess. I’ll contemplate videos all the time but I’ll find countless reasons to end up not filming them. I think that since the last handful of videos have been unboxings, I feel like it is repetitive and dull and so instead I enjoy opening them and oogling at all the fun and geeky things all by myself. I also tell myself that since my room is a mess and that I need to clean before I film and I think we can guess how that goes and it’s all a vicious circle of I’ll film this, but you can’t because A or B…and over and over. Also, I feel like I’ve been out of the game for what feels like so long that the quality of my videos is going to be back down to…let’s just call it beginner status. I feel like I will be lost, awkward and absolutely terrible when I finally sit back down in front of the camera. That is why I’m sitting here typing this instead.

I’m hoping that typing this post will help me get over that awkwardness and frustration I feel. I’m planning to type up a couple of book reviews (not my strong suit) to post and maybe a TAG or two. I guess, I’m hoping that writing and talking about books for a bit here will help my mind reset and get me focused and on track and renew the passion and excitement I had for Booktube, while giving me a new hobby that will tie everything together.

This feels a little intense to be typing as a first post of a blog, but I hope that those of you who see this post will like it for what it is. I hope that you will find this blog as enjoyable as I’m hoping it will be for me and that we can read and get lost in many stories together.