Hype or Like Friday: The Cruel Prince review

Happy Friday everyone, and here is a Hype or Like Friday book review and the review for The Cruel Price by Holly Black

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by JillianLarkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

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.

The Review:

I was very excited that this book was chosen for Hype or Like Friday, so it gave me  great excuse to read this book. I haven’t done a Hype or Like review in a while so I am glad that it is this book. Also I was able to meet the author when she came to Boston last week.

The book is a semi modern fantasy, which includes the moral world, which a the modern world and also the world of the Fae. I like the inclusion of the mortal world mainly because I usually don’t see the modern world within the world of the Fae, unless its Lost Girl.

Jude and her twin sister Taryn, were brought into the Fae world after their parents were murdered and was taken in by their parents murderer, Madoc. Years later after spending some time in faerie, she of course wants to be seen as more than just a human, because in faerie humans are always looked down upon, even amongst her classmates.

Jude, is a great character. I like that while she doesn’t delve into an anti-hero, she does isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty when the time comes. Even though she is a human in faerie she refuses to put up with anything that the fae throw at her. She also tries to have a good relationship with her sisters; Taryn and Vivi and also Oak, who is sort of her step brother.

Throughout the book, Jude is wants to become a knight, but being a human is the only thing that is stopping her. She becomes a spy for Prince Dain, one of the princes up for the crown, and she begins to learn a lot more about the kingdom. She learns about what the other princes; Baelkin and Cardan are planning.

I also through the world building was really great. It showed a lot about the faerie, and how the everything is run, with High Courts, along with Kings and Queens. I also like how it including the politics that is within the faerie world which made it seem as if it was a political thriller with a lot of great twists and turns that practically kept me guessing until the final page.

A lot of the characters aren’t exactly black and white, which is a huge positive. Morally grey characters makes those characters a lot more interesting, mainly with the villain, Madoc, who raised Jude and her sisters. While he is of course the villain in the story, you kinda see where he is coming from and it makes him compelling. Most of the members of the High Court, all have their own schemes, and it reminded me a lot of Game of Thrones  in which there are so many sides.

In the end, The Cruel Prince was an excellent first book to a series. It had great world building and also character development. The use of morally grey characters makes the book a lot more interesting, after the cliffhanger this book had I am excited to see where this book goes.

Grade: 4.7/5

Use this when liking a book on the list.

 

 

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Summary:

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

The Review:

This book was another very heavy read, especially after reading Dear Martin. The book is told enterily in free verse poetry, and it really provides a uniqueness towards the book, since I don’t usually read poetry books.

The book is told through the perspective of Will, a fifteen year old black kid, whose brother was shot to death and is now trying to get revenge from those who killed him, and it moslty takes place in an elevator and while he is on the eleavator he keeps getting flashbacks of what has happened.

But it is not just about what happened to his brother but also what happened to some of the other people in his life, and how each of them were affected by violence.  They come in the form of ghosts.

The concept of the book and the main story is basically set within a three minute and it is mostly set in the elevator with WIll constantly having to think about getting his revenge. It really gives him time to think, and really take in the situation.

I was very blown away by this book, and it put me on a whirlwind of emotions and it is a great testament to Jason Reynold’s writing and how you could feel every word on the page come out.

Long Way Down, is another great book by Jason Reynolds. His words always has meaning and delivers a dark and complex story.

Grade: 4.5/5

 

Hype or Like Friday: You Complete Me

Happy Friday everyone, and here is another Hype or Like Friday

The Theme for January is The Fairest Year of All, and the Book of the Month is:

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by JillianLarkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

January 12th – You Complete Me… Who are some blogging/reading friends that have had an impact on you, inspire you, or you just really appreciate their friendship?

Larkin@WonderfilledReads-And no this is not because she is one of the creators of Hype or Like Friday. She is also one of my very first blogger friend I have. It mainly started with discussing Hyped Up books, and wondering why they are very hyped. She also talks a lot about underrated books, that don’t get much love and need some.

Lilly @ Lair of Books: Another one of my first few blogger friends. Also She is one of the bloggers who convinced me to read Six of Crows, which was an amazing book. She also has a ton of great reviews of books that I have yet to read but will be excited to read.

Lindsey @ Paradisbooks: She is another book blogger from Boston, and after spending the past year liking, and commenting on each others blog posts, we finally met in person at a Marissa Meyer signing.

Britt @ Geronimoreads: I shouted out Larkin, I have to do the same for Britt. Another creator of Hype or Like Friday, mainly met by discussing Hyped Up books, and having those conversations on Twitter about them.

Sionna @ Books in Her Eyes: Another one of my favorite commentators. She also talks a lot about underrated books that I have yet to read but want to.

Missy and Tay @ FrayedBooks: Also one of my favorite bloggers. After talking a lot on Twitter, we finally met in person at Boston Teen Author Festival, last fall. They read a lot of the books that I really like, but they also give me some great recommendations.

 

Those are some of the bloggers who inspire me, and even if you are not on this list, I just want to let you all know that I love you all, and make me feel really good at being a part of this community.

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I didn’t get to in 2017

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

January 10th: Books You Didn’t Get to In 2017
–These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

This was a Hype or Like Book, and I was very excited that this book was picked, but then reality set in and I got extremely busy and kinda forgot to read it, but I really hope to read this book.

When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Manon

While YA contemporary isn’t a genre I usually gravitate towards to, but this book seems like a nice cute romance story, which I am starting to take an appreciation for.

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

I remember being excited about the cover, and I am usually not a cover person. I really wanted to read it before the end of the year, but than Christmas was happening and I had finals and shopping to deal, so I didn’t have time to read it.

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

This is a book I really wanted to read. I put it on reserve at the library picked it up, but never got around to reading it, so much that I had to return it, and I couldn’t renew it because it was on a waiting list. So hopefully I will try to read it again.

A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab

I’ll be honest, I am almost scared to read this book. Mainly because after reading Our Dark Duet and being emotionally devastated by it, I am almost scared of what will happen, I love these characters so much. and I really want to see how it ends.

Those are the books I missed out in 2017. What books did you miss out in 2017? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Dear Martin by: Nic Stone

Summary:

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

The Review:

My very awesome girlfriend gave me this book for Christmas, so it was very fitting that this would be my first read of 2018, and boy did my reading year start with a bang (I know very poor choice in words).

Much like The Hate U Give, this book deals a lot with the police violence in the United States especially when dealing with race. Justyce, is a young African American male who goes to a prep school, and is also dealing with being one of the very few black students who attend, a feeling I know all to well. A lot of the book deals with the fallout of his arrest, and him realizing that after everything, people could still arrest him.

While the book is fiction, it does touch on a lor of real life issues. After Justyce’s arrest he learns of other stories about young black men getting killed by the police who are unarmed. He uses his letters to Dr. Martin Luther King in order to come to grasp with his situation.

His issues with racial inequalities also happens a lot in his school with his classmates. Since a lot of classmates are white with the exception of Manny. Most of his white classmates dismiss issues of race and basically claim that white people have it worse, and I have also dealt with them in school. Mainly with Jared, who is most white boys I went to school with.

It also touched a lot of issues of race in regards to Manny’s father, who is a Vice President of a major company and still deals with issues of race.

A major highlight of the book was the “Dear Martin” chapters. I think the use of the letters really gave us a sense of the character of Justyce and what he is going through. I also liked his relationship with Sarah-Jane, or SJ, a white Jewish classmate of his. It kinda falls under the normal teenage love tropes in which they are debate partners and Justyce of course starts to have feelings for her and is very nervous about making a move. I thought is was nice to have a few light moments with them to counter a lot of the heavier moments that the book has.

In the end, Dear Martin is a very powerful book, much like The Hate U Give. It deals a lot of issues with race that is still going on today and Justyce is a great character to see those issues through his eyes.

Grade: 5/5

Hype or Like Friday: New Year’s Resolution

Happy 2018 everyone,

Here is the first Hype or Like Friday of 2018.

The Theme for January is The Fairest Year of All, and the Book of the Month is:

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by JillianLarkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

January 5th – New Year’s Resolution… What are some of your reading/blogging/life/etc. goals for this year?

Read 60 books this year

Last year my goal was to read 60 books I managed to finish just in time. So I will also try to read 60 books this year, and judging by some of the releases coming out already it shouldn’t be that hard.

Finish the first draft of my novel

I have decided to try to write a book. The book’s working title is The Frontier. I would describe it as a Firefly meets Battlestar Galactica. The main premise is, Meera the daughter of the Chancellor of the United Planetary Alliance, after surviving an assassination attempt meets up Jayson, a mercenary and captain of the spaceship The Frontier. I am about 4,000 words in and I am excited of what I have so far.

Actually do my series revisted

Last year I planned on doing a series revisited, which would have started with the Hunger Games. I should be doing that soon, I am currently rereading the Hunger Games trilogy.

Review more non-bookish things

There has been times that I reviewed movies and TV shows, but I want to talk about music, video games and other things that I like.

 

Those are my resolutions of 2018. What are your resolutions for 2018? Let me know in the comments below.

January 2018 TBR

Hello everyone, and hope you guys are enjoying the start of 2018. It is snowing right now in Boston, but after living here for years I just seem to roll with it.

This is my TBR for the month of January,

Dear Martin by: Nic Stone

My very lovely girlfriend gave me this book for Christmas, so she knows what I like. I think I also put it on my books I hope to read by the end of the year. Well since I didn’t have the time, this seems like a great book to start the year off.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Just judging by the cover, this looks like a more bad ass version of Sailor Moon. I have heard some great things about this book. I also like the inclusion of Chinese folklore and mythology that the book has.

Long Way Down by: Jason Reynolds

This will be my second book by Jason Reynolds, the first being Miles Morales: Spider Man. The book is mainly told through poetry form which will be a welcomed change from what I usually read.

Batman: Nightwalker by: Marie Lu

One of my favorite superheroes being written by one of my favorite authors. I am really excited to read about her interpretation of Batman.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I have seen this on a lot of most anticipated lists, and with this being the first YA release of 2018, this should be a good book to start the year with. I also love stories about the fae.

Those are the books I plan to read in January, it maybe subject to change if  I discover new books. What books do you plan of reading in January? Let me know in the comments below.