Books from the Backlog #106

Posted April 2, 2020 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 15 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.
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This week’s neglected book

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.

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.

Why did I add The Cruel Prince to my bookshelf?
I guess you could say that I am pretty committed to reading this trilogy.   I have an ARC of The Cruel Prince that I received from a local bookstore.  I like the covers from Barnes & Noble so I bought the boxed set of all three books.  I bought the audiobook for this book when it was on sale not too long ago.  Now I just need to either take the time to either read or start listening to the series.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?

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15 responses to “Books from the Backlog #106

  1. I've seen many mixed reviews on this one, I personally thought it was just okay… but that didn't stop me from purchasing the other two books. I just need to get around to reading them. It's wonderful that you have all three when you do decide to read it, that way you don't have to wait for the next book. πŸ™‚

  2. All the reviews I see for these books seem to be good. I often find myself forgetting to finish series. I think that's why I don't really start any new ones these days.

  3. You've got that one covered with the editions no matter whether you lean more toward print or audio. πŸ™‚ I've done that with one or two books or sets.

    I've seen some rave reviews on this series.

  4. Well you're ready to go no matter which format you feel like reading. πŸ™‚ I'm not really a fantasy reader but I loved this trilogy. All three books had me totally hooked. I hope you'll love it, too!

  5. Well it's more YA so it's not for me BUT I've seen great reviews for the trilogy. I would recommend you plan to read it in May as part of the series in a month at Because Reading.

    Anne – Books of My Heart