What’s up, Epic Readers? Ready for another round of Thoughts While Reading? This month I’m diving into THE CRUEL PRINCE, a book I have wanting to get my hands on ever since the barest of descriptions was announced. I’ve never read a Holly Black book somehow, but the last few Shadowhunter books have established a pretty healthy love of anything modern Faerie. So I have hopes. High hopes. I really don’t think this will disappoint. BUT ENOUGH ABOUT MY EXPECTATIONS.
I’m here to read, you’re here to read about me reading, so let’s dive in!
I think John Cho dancing is the approriate level of excitement here. Scroll through for all my thoughts while reading THE CRUEL PRINCE!
1. “For Cassandra Clare,” omg
2. You guys there’s a map we’re starting on a real high note here
3. ROLL CALL: Main character Jude, twin sister Taryn, older faerie sister Vivienne
4. Also tall man in menacingly dark coat
5. He’s knocking on the door and I want to tell Jude not to answer it but I have a feeling this strange man would come in anyway so ok I guess
6. I do not know Balekin but if he is this man’s informant I do not trust him
7. Green skin and fangs fantastic
8. HE KILLED HIM
9. A MAN IS ALREADY DEAD
10. Well this is NOT going to end well
11. Jude is a feisty little thing isn’t she
12. Me: You know being a faerie could be cool
Holly Black: In Faerie there is no television
13. Taryn is fine but also I don’t trust her
14. Vivi seems like the shady b#tch I’m gonna love
15. I love this because you can already tell there’s going to be so much drama
16. Oriana strikes me as someone who would compete on the Bachelor
17. She wouldn’t win but she’d probably be there for the right reasons
18. I aspire to be described as a twilight creature
19. Omg it’s Balekin
20. I wonder whose circle I’d be in
21. Probably Elowyn I’m too lazy to really try for the others? But Dain seems cool so really idk!!
22. Prince Cardan! There he is!!!!!!
23. Oh my god he has a tail
24. Omg ew wait it’s probably like… skin and hair LMAO EW
25. WHAT IS THE TEXTURE OF CARDAN’S TAIL
26. I have no idea what’s actually going to happen but I’m so excited for Jude’s arc
27. Imagine everyone around you smelled like pine needles and you had the stench of dried blood
28. Honestly if I was stolen away to a magical world and still had to go to their version of normal school with history lessons and stuff I’d be so pissed??
29. Lol Vivi just doesn’t go ok big mood
30. Imagine this was an 80s movie instead of a semi-fantasy YA novel
31. Oh my god Cardan’s group would be the Heathers
32. I wonder if he’s Heather Chandler or Veronica Sawyer
33. Jude is kind of impulsive and dumb but Taryn is too blah and boring!!
34. I mean she’s smart and reasonable but I’d be friends with Jude probably I think
35. Jude: “I do not yearn to be their equal. In my heart, I yearn to best them.”
36. Omg aw Vivi
37. I would never survive in Faerie because I hate salt
38. I’m sorry she NEVER MENTIONED that part of her FINGER was BITTEN OFF
40. I love these little retcon chapters though
41. Oh my god
42. They could literally kill them
43. This is so brutal I LOVE IT
47. I’m 100% picturing Vivi saying “Get up, sleepyhead, we’re going to the mall,” in the tone of Regina George’s “Get in, losers, we’re going shopping.”
48. Don’t worry Jude, I too could be bribed with coffee
49. LMAO JUDE PUNCHED THE MAN TRYING TO FLIRT WITH HER
50. We could all stand to be a little more like Jude, I think
51. She just threatened Cardan NEVER MIND
52. I… don’t know how I feel about Madoc
53. Lol the Isle of Woe
54. I feel like for the last year we’ve all been LIVING on the Isle of Woe
55. Elowyn seems nice I like her
56. But I do NOT like Valerian!!
58. J U D E !!!!
59. She is going OFF on him!!!!
60. Aw I like Locke
61. Omg is Dain… going to recruit her…
62. Jude a spy is so much cooler than a knight
63. LMAO NOGGLE SASSING VALERIAN this is the content I’m HERE FOR
64. Sass and murder
65. Oh no
66. “Oh no no no no no,” is RIGHT
67. Someone get her OUT OF THERE
68. “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.”
69. “That’s the home of Balekin,” and SO IT BEGINS
70. “A massive half-tester bed takes up most of the space in the first room, the headboard panel carved with various animals with women’s heads and bare breasts—owls and snakes and foxes—doing some kind of weird dance.” Lmao what the f#&k
71. A mysterious note!! I love mysterious notes!!!!
72. SH#T THEY’RE HERE
73. Ha take that Cardan
74. Oh no Cardan
75. Oh… aw… Cardan…
76. Ugh I LOVE COMPELLING VILLAINS I don’t even know if Cardan is a villain technically but I love him I think
77. “And worst of all is Cardan’s empty face, his eyes as dull as lead.” Aw
78. Was I wrong to assume that Cardan is the cruel prince
79. Is Dain going to end up being the cruel prince I cannot tell where this is going
80. LMAO he just lets her walk into the door
81. Omg the Ghost and the Bomb I love the Court of Shadows
82. I don’t trust Locke but I love him
83. “Why should I?”
“Because they could kill you!”
“They better,” I say to her.
Lemme tell ya Jude, big mood
84. Yeah Cardan just AGGRESSIVELY WRITING JUDE’S NAME OVER AND OVER AGAIN totally normal completely fine no problems there
85. I don’t know where Jude’s character arc is going but I love it
86. She’s POISONING HERSELF
87. Jude is so metal
88. “Is he more angry that you chose me over him or that I chose a mortal over you?” Damn Locke don’t gotta put her on blast like that
89. Omg sh#t she’s going to have to reveal the geas
90. She would literally be DEAD
91. Oh my god
92. LMAO SHE LITERALLY JUST STABBED HIM
93. JUDE!!!!! YOU CAN’T JUST STAB PEOPLE!!
94. (I mean I’m v glad you did but JUDE!!)
95. “She’s clearly shocked by my behavior. She should be. My behavior is shocking.” I’m dying this is incredible
96. “And if I can’t find a good enough story, I make one.” Locke you’re being sus!!
97. But also I just like him even more so it’s fine
98. Omg the mushrooms…
99. Aw Locke
100. Aw this is cute I like when Jude is happy
101. An ornamental golden acorn that is not suspicious at ALL
102. “The one you don’t like,” I tell her, ignoring her jibe.
That makes her give a high, false laugh. “Oh, you might be surprised how some of us feel about both of you.”
See at least Jude has personality
103. Ugh Cardan so questionably seductive in your methods
104. “He ruins things. That’s what he likes. To ruin things.” HE’S A RUINER. HE RUINS PEOPLE’S LIVES.
105. “The crown is cursed so that a murder of its wearer causes the death of the person responsible.” HM
106. God Taryn is so weird
107. Secret messages!!!!!! Ah!!!
108. Yes Jude break out those detective skills
109. Lmao she has zero f#&ks to give I love it
111. RECKLESS KINDNESS!!
112. Ugh she forgot her cloak OF COURSE SHE DID
113. “Jude, you keep smiling a pleasant smile in front of Madoc, but all I can see anymore is bared teeth.”
114. I love Vivi and Jude
115. Aw Sophie
118. Oh my GOD
119. He’s going to make her STAB HERSELF
120. DAIN IS A CRUEL PRINCE
121. EVERY ONE OF THEM IS A CRUEL PRINCE
122. HOW HAS SHE NOT PASSED OUT I WOULD BE GONE
123. Aw Oriana
124. I love every one of these characters!!
125. I hope Vivi and Heather get a happy ending precious lil’ youngin’s
126. Taryn is so petty and annoying
127. Is it really a YA fantasy if there isn’t a surprisingly beautiful gown delivered for the heroine to wear?
128. Omg Oriana was a consort WHAT OTHER SECRETS IS SHE HIDING
129. NOTHING IN THIS BOOK IS AS IT SEEMS
130. Is Oak secretly Liriope’s royal son
131. … Balekin was there
132. That cannot be good
133. Um VALERIAN
134. THIS!!! CANNOT BE GOOD!
135. Oh my god
136. Oh my goddddd
137. Oh my GOD JUDE
139. SHE’S JUST!! HIDING THE BODY!!!!
140. What was it Valerian said?? When Jude dies it won’t be worth acknowledging?
141. OH HOW THE TABLES HAVE TURNED
142. Oh my god… Valerian is Heather Chandler
143. What a night
144. Spy mission!! I love this
145. “KILL THE BEARER OF THIS MESSAGE.” Ummmmm
146. Her dad was an apprentice in Faerie omg
147. Ugh I love this world
148. So many secrets beneath the surface
149. Locke you are so sketchy!!
150. I think I love Cardan and I have absolutely no idea why
151. Dain yay
152. Oh naked Dain
154. Something is happening
156. Oh my god it’s a coup
157. Oh my godddd
160. OH MY GOD
161. Aw he killed Taniot
162. Poor Taniot
163. Jfc bye Eldred
165. THE GHOST
166. EVERYHTING HAPEPNS SO MUCH
167. R H Y I A
168. Oh my goddddd what a night
169. RED WEDDING WHO
170. And they’re still partying!! What the f#&k!!!!!!
171. Oh my god Cardan
172. Aw Cardan
173. This is CRAZY
174. SHE TURNED ON HIM
176. I am living for this the sheer DRAMA of it all
177. “You could be a kingmaker,” the Ghost says. “That’s seductive.”
I love the Ghost
178. LOCKE AND TARYN
179. I’M SCREAMING LOCKE AND TARYN
180. Jude is challenging her to a duel for her honor I love her so much :’)
181. THEY’RE ACTUALLY DUELING
182. Locke is so TWISTED I love him even MORE
183. Omg Jude please go with Vivi please
184. “How quickly Oak was born and how we weren’t allowed to see him for months because he was so sickly.” I KNEW IT
185. Yaaas Oriana UNRAVEL THIS STORY
186. Oh my god he wants… to make Oak… the king… and RULE
187. Lmao of course Cardan charmed the shadows
188. Ew no not the tail again
189. Oh my god
190. Cardan is a sinnamon roll
191. I LOVE HIM
192. “I HATE YOU BECAUSE I THINK OF YOU.”
193. Oh my god just KISS already
195. Aw she sees her mom
196. “Just tell me what I get to blow up.” I love the Bomb
197. She’s… the bomb
198. Omg Jude is making moves yes I love it
199. She’s going to crown Oak herself!! Yes b#tch yes!!
200. Lol and Cardan just wants the liquor
201. “Let it be so for one year and one day…and not for one minute more.” Here we GO
202. Lmao I’m dying
203. “Um, hello,” she says, decidedly un-smooth
204. “I know, don’t bore you by dying.” Their back and forth I just… I love it
205. Okay cool a tad bit more clever this time!!
206. Lmao and then she goes and gets herself caught sneaking beneath a tent I clearly spoke too soon
207. Jude is just making promises all over the place isn’t she
208. LET’S! STEAL! THE KINGDOM!
209. Yes thank god finally telling Vivi SOMETHING
210. Lol byeeee Taryn
211. There is so much tension in these glasses of wine I love it
212. Oh my god Madoc
213. Oh no
214. A FIGHT
215. THEY’RE GOING TO FIGHT
216. JUDE YOU CANNOT BEAT HIM IN A FIGHT
217. But she doesn’t… have to…
218. *Leslie Knope voice* POISON!!!
219. “But how did you know which one I would choose?”
“I didn’t… I poisoned them both.”
220. Ugh Locke go away
221. “Have I told you how hideous you look tonight?”
“No. Tell me.”
“I cannot,” he says.
222. IT’S HAPPENING
223. Oh my god Balekin and Cardan
224. This is going to get f#&ked up isn’t it
225. TARYN HAS THE CROWN
226. “My story just got more interesting, and I know how much he loves story above all else.”
227. “His hand is pinioned to the dining table by a crossbow bolt.”
228. “Still believing we’re on the same side.” Oh my god
229. “Just like we practiced.” Oh my GOD
230. JUDE!!!!! WHAT A SLEIGHT OF HAND!!!
231. I cannot believe this
232. THE QUEEN
233. “It’s all yours.” Oh my goddddd
234. I just… wow
Okay so basically I need book two immediately and also a spinoff for Locke please!!
Have you read THE CRUEL PRINCE yet? How are you dealing with this book hangover?! I need advice. And hit the comments to let me know what I should read next!
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