Book Review ~ The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)26032825
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 2 January 2018

Goodreads 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.

My Review

“You have only seen the least of what I can do” – The Cruel Prince

      I would not be the first to mention that author, Holly Black is the queen of Faerie! Her stories about the faerie dive deep and are so intricately woven that you will never want to put them down. Her novel, The Darkest Part of the Forest was quite literally glued to my hands for the 6 or 7 hours it took me to read it. Her new novel, The Cruel Prince, the first book in The Folk of the Air trilogy, was no different. The Cruel Prince takes you on a rollercoaster of deception. Twist and turns fuel this story and you never know what is going to happen next.

      The main character, Jude, a total girl, wants to be accepted by the Faerie world. A world in which she has grown up, but has never truly belonged. Jude shows great strength and courage throughout the novel.  The decisions she makes have consequences. Whether right or wrong she will do what she needs to in order to accomplish the tasks before her. These moments of precise decision and occasional impulse seamlessly move the plot along its twisting path.

      The book also provides us with a stunning case of character, where even the smallest role is given a name and a purpose. The light air of romance that fills the pages is subtle it adds mystery to the story. Most of all, I loved the descriptions of the faerie realm. Holly Black adds color, glamour, and intrigue in her beautiful depictions of buildings, clothing, and people who you encounter throughout the novel, that you see them so vividly in you mind’s eye. I love that I can truly envision what I am reading.

      I highly suggest picking up this book on your next trip to the bookstore! It’s a wonderful start to what I’m sure will be a deliciously dark and beautiful trilogy!

Coming Soon:
The Wicked King – The Folk of the Air #2 (expected publication 2019)
The Queen of Nothing – The Folk in the Air #3 (expected publication 2020)

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      Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my review of The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black. Our first review of 2018 is in the books!

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Kimberly – WhimsicalNarratives

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P.S. I had the joy of attending Holly Black’s book signing when she stopped in Atlanta on Wednesday!  It was fantastic and it was such fun listening to her talk about faerie. If she has a tour stop near you, I highly suggest going. 

 

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Book Review ~ Talk of Shame by Alex Everwood

Title: Talk of Shame: What a Rush
Author: Alex Everwood
Publisher: »be« by Bastei Entertainment; an imprint of Bastei Lübbe AG
Published: 14 November 2017

Available Now On Kindle: https://goo.gl/kh1VYF

Publisher Summary

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Goodbye, high school. Hello, Alpha Chi!

Somerville University. Katie, Jill, and Beatrice kick off freshman year with high hopes, but life doesn’t go as planned. Old grudges bubble up. New friendships aren’t what theyseem. One thing is for sure: no one wants to get caught on the Talk of Shame feed, the university’s unofficial gossip site. One bad pic, and your reputation is shot. Unfortunately, that’s a lesson learned the hard way… #TalkOfShame

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Katie, Jill, and, Beatrice may not always get along. But together they champion and struggle with the ins-and-outs of Greek Row, a life of hook-ups, heartbreak, backstabbing, and cheating. Both in and out of the classroom.

My Review

“Talk of Shame” was a fun and fantastic read. It was one of those books that you want to bring to the beach or on long car journeys. This book has all you need for an intriguing New Adult – Contemporary novel.

The story is told for the POV of three freshman girls, who are all rushing sororities. The author did a fantastic job of giving each of the three girls their own personality and voice. I could always tell who was narrating each part of the story.

While there is some romance, I appreciated that it wasn’t the main focus of the book, and that it let the friendships and drama unfold in a more realistic way. Really though, I wouldn’t mind some more romance if a sequel is in the works.

The only thing that I wish was a bit different is the unfolding of the climatic action. I would have liked the “Talk of Shame” plotline to have come to fruition a bit sooner. I think it would have increased the energy in the plot, so we could have had more of a dramatic finish. That being said, I loved the ending! It answered all leftover questions, and, by doing so, really hit home the key messages of the book.

P.S. Who wants a cute fire escape desk area? I know I do! 

***Thank you to NetGalley & be-ebooks at Bastei Entertainment for supplying this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you to for visiting and reading my blog. It means a lot! 

xxx

Kimberly – WhimsicalNarratives

Book Review ~ Hunting Price Dracula (SJTR #2) by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books, an imprint of Little Brown and Company
Published: 19 September 2017

“Bone White. Blood Red. Along This Path, You’ll Soon Be Dead” – Hunting Prince Dracula

Publisher Summary

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    Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

     But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

My Review

     Kerri Maniscalco has done it again! Much like her debut novel, “Stalking Jack The Ripper”, the sequel entitled “Hunting Prince Dracula” did not disappoint!

     The novel begins a week after the ending of “Stalking Jack The Ripper”The book gets right into the bloody, or not so bloody good stuff right at the beginning. The first death, taking place on the train, kicks the tension into high gear as Audrey Rose deals with the aftermath of Jack the Ripper’s unmasking. She is on edge herself, but she does continue to be the strong, female character we saw in the first book.

     The romance burns quite a bit brighter in this novel, and with it comes many more witty, and slightly naughty comments from our dear Thomas Cresswell. We also see their relationship hit some snags that may not have been a big deal for other couples of this time, but for Audrey and Thomas it causes some disturbances. This gives way to even more independent action taken in the book, on Audrey Rose’s part, which I absolutely loved. Though I do love this duo together in the romantic sense, I really enjoy their Sherlock & Watson vibe.

     This story will keep you guessing the true identity of the murderer until the very end. I was in shock when the reveal came and all the pieces finally fell into place. It was definitely a mystery. Kerri’s writing really keeps you intrigued and guessing all the way through. I love the way she takes liberties with historical truths to create a very entertaining plot.

     The one thing that I wished would have been different was the quick resolution of the ending. Much like the first novel, it felt slightly rushed. However, I would not let that deter you from enjoying this suspenseful mystery and the abundance of new characters you get to meet. 

     For those of you who like to listen to your books, I want to highly suggest the audiobooks of this series. I read this book, by switching between the hardcover and the audiobook. The narrator, Nicola Barber, did a wonderful job of bringing depth and emotion to Audrey Rose, as well as creating unique voices for our other characters. I want to go back and listen to both books in their entirety, as well as listen to other books narrated by Nicola.

     I hope you enjoyed reading my review for “Hunting Prince Dracula” by Kerri Maniscalco. If you have read the book, let me know your thoughts in the comments. I wish the third book could be in my hands already. 

Thank you for reading!

xxx

Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives