Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Review: The Cruel Prince By Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Series:The Folk of the Air #1
Genre: Fantasy Young Adult
Published: January 2, 2018
Source: Hardcover
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
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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 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.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal 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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I'll share my reasons as to why I gave this book such a high rating, the world. I loved the faeries in this book, they're mean, conniving, and treacherous and that's what I'm here for. I didn't like the characters, or the plot, just the twists lol. Yep you read that right. I've never read a book like this before where there are unlikable characters but I still like the story.

Jude, the protagonist in this story is a human is a faery world and she is trying to prove that she is no fragile human, she can face anything thrown at her and she goes to great lengths to prove that. the twists and turns of this story are seriously everything. Prince Cardan is a cruel spoiled royal brat and not even for a second is this story a romance novel. With Jude and Cardan it's like who hates who the most and who could do the most harm. One of the cruelest aspects of this novel is the fact that in Jude and her sister were made to live with their other sister's father who killed her parents. I thought that was absolutely insane and for a child to go through that it had to have been so traumatizing.

For a book named after a Prince, it's not in his perspective the story is more about Jude. This book has a trigger warning for bullying so intense that it's the worst bullying I've ever read about. I kept waiting for the book to get better and it did when the intense bullying stopped. I don't have a favorite character and the plot is ok as well but what keeps me reading the series is the magical world building and the political intrigue. I also love that the books are so short but filled with such a huge stories. I have to say that Holly Black is the Queen of faeries and this book as well as The Wicked King have gotten me to read many of her other books.  


“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It's disgusting, and I can't stop.”

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

“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.”

“So I am to sit here and feed you information,” Cardan says, leaning against a hickory tree. “And you’re to go charm royalty? That seems entirely backward.”
I fix him with a look. “I can be charming. I charmed you, didn’t I?” 
He rolls his eyes. “Do not expect others to share my depraved tastes.”

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Next book in the series is The Wicked King which I will be doing a review on really soon. These pictures are my own from my instagram account @bookishgirlreads

About The Author

Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.

She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

Roar (Stormheart, #1)

Title: Roar
Author: Cora Carmack
Series: Stormheart #1
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
My Rating: 4/5 Stars


In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough. 

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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Rage (Stormheart, #2)

About The Author

Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult Romance and YA fantasy. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora lives in Austin, TX, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss and her dog Sherlock. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website.


When thinking about this book two things come to mind, it reminds me of Cassi Claire's books full of action and Six of Crows and the awesome group of characters. And I absolutely love that it reminds me of other books that I've enjoyed. The magic system was different and unique from from anything I've read before. 

Aurora, Rora, Roar- She seems to be a sheltered royal, she had never been out of her kingdom and actually had no idea what was going outside of her fortress. As she finds out secrets that are revealed her world turns upside down and she makes decisions that affect her whole kingdom. Aurora thinks she's doing the best she can and as she prepares herself to be queen she learns more about herself. On a quest keep her crown she learns she's not as powerless as she thought. And honestly she's the only character I remember. Charming Storming Prince who has everything is what he seems to me like. 

I think this story a fantastical element, cool magic system, an original premise, and political intrigue. 
I really enjoyed my time reading it and I can't wait to read the next one that seems to be another magical adventure and next book is set to be even better. 


“Sometimes she was Aurora. Confident. Clever. Cultured.

Sometimes she was Rora. Afraid. Alone. Ashamed.

And more and more, she was Roar -- bold, brash, and increasingly baffled by the situation in which she found herself. And sometimes she was none of them, lost and adrift somewhere in between, like the wildlands between Stormling cities.”

“If she were a storm, she could destroy him, and he would never lift a finger to protect himself.”

“And I am here with you. If you have questions, ask them. If you have fears, shed them. If you have doubts, give them to me and I will crush them beneath my heel. If you need help, I will provide it. Even if you only need someone to yell at, I can be that too. And when the time comes that you need someone to trust, I will be that person. I promise.” 

“You are lightning made flesh. Colder than falling snow. Unstoppable as the desert sands riding the wind. You are Stormling, Aurora Pavan. Believe it.” 

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