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

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Hype or Like Friday: The Crown’s Game by: Evelyn Skye

Happy Friday everyone,

and here is a Hype or Like Friday review for The Crown’s Game by: Evelyn Skye

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:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

The Review:

I was very excited that this book was picked for Hype or Like Friday, because it was on my TBR for quite some time and I was glad to have an excuse to read the book, even though I have heard some  mixed things about it.

This book reminded me a lot of an Ember in the Ashes. mainly within its fantasy setting set within a historical time period and it also mixes in a lot of Ottoman empire within the story. The world building was well done, not as good as other fantasy books which entrenched you into their world. I liked that it gave us just enough information about the world without it feeling like info dumping.

The story is told from two POVs, Vika and Nikolai; two of the combatants of The Crown’s Game, which is a tournament that tests their magical skill in order to become an Imperial Enchanter, the loser would have to killed. Both of them are really engaging characters. Vika, is someone who was raised in isolation mostly by her father. I like how snarky and independent she is, but she is also very reserved especially with the fact that she may have to kill someone.

Nikolai is someone who sees the Crown Game as a way out. He was orphaned at at young age and spends most of his time with the Prince, Pasha. I like his friendship with Pasha,you don’t see a lot of male friendships in YA books and I am glad that this one was well developed. Pasha, was a crowned prince but he didn’t act like a spoiler prince, I also liked his courtship with Vika, he actually felt that he had to get to know her. While there is a love triangle between Vika, Pasha and Nikolai it wasn’t to distracting from the actual plot.

The Crown Game is sort of like a twisted Tri-Wizard tournamnt, it tested the skills of Vika and Nikolai and what type of enchanters they will become. While the Crown Game is the back drop for the book, it takes a few turns especially dealing with Nikolai and who he really is. I thought the twist was actually really done.

One of the problems I sort of have is a lack of main antagonist. Without giving to much away, I felt that the villain felt a little tact on without any much development. I also wanted to know a bit more about the conflict. I hope the sequel will flesh out those parts of the book.

In the end, I enjoyed The Crowns Game. It had great characters that kept me engaged at every page and it took full advantage of the Ottoman empire and its setting. I hope some of back stories could be more fleshed out along with its villain

My Grade is: LIKE

Grade: 4/5