Hey guys how are y’all doing? So I didn’t really talk about this on my blog but I was in quite an intense reading slump. And by quite intense I mean I had all the time in the world to read since I don’t work at the moment and I only had one college exam and I have successfully finished that. But somehow I didn’t find myself wanting to pick up books at all. I really wanted to read something tat I would truly enjoy. So I started searching for a Fantasy book with a very intense enemies-to-lovers trope. That was unsuccessful because I have read the majority of that kind of books and I’m just scared if I pick up something new, I wouldn’t enjoy it.
So I decided to do re-read the book I already knew I loved: The Cruel Prince. And spoiler alert, I finished the entire series in 3 days!!
This series is one of the most popular YA Fantasies and if you’re a member of Bookblog/Booktube/Bookstagram community, you’ve probably read this. And in my opinion, it’s popular for a reason. Me re-reading this just confirmed my suspicions that this is one of my favorite series ever!
Now let me tell you all the reasons why I like it so much.
My favorite aspect of this book is the very intense enemies-to-lovers trope. By enemies-to-lovers I don’t mean going from ‘Ugh I hate him so much’ to ‘Oh my gosh I love him and want is babies’ in 50 pages. This is such a slow burn romance that it took almost the whole first book for the actual romance to start. And that’s how you write a good enemies-to-lovers. However, if you don’t enjoy a very intense almost sado-masochistic relationship full of hatred, this might not be the one of you. Thanks to my daddy issues, this is the only kind of romance I can enjoy and among all the enemies-to-lovers I’ve read (and believe me I read a lot) this is definitely the best one!
My favorite characters are of course Jude and Cardan. I love Jude because of how badass she is. She’s truly one of those characters you wish to be more like. I love how Holly Black created her as a pretty simple girl who is lead by her emotions and deeper motives. I love how fearless she was and the fact that even though she could always return to mortal world and live a good life, she wishes to be something way higher than that. She wants to be remembered. Cardan, on the other hand, who is our usual bully at first but as the story progresses you see how complex his story is. He is cruel and I enjoy how well his character was written because I, just like Jude, have gone from true hate to true love to him.
I was truly fascinated by the Faerie Folk and how well Holly Black created them. Even though some are better and some worse, all of them are very wicked so you never know who to believe. This series was filled with so many plot twists that, upon reading it, I didn’t know who to trust anymore. It never ceased to surprise me and I loved that about it. That dose of surprise and plot twist with the combination of romance makes this series as exciting as it is.
Wicked King is by far best book in the series and Queen of Nothing the least good one. The first time I read Queen of Nothing I didn’t enjoy it that much because it was lacking something and I decided to rate it 4 stars. However, as I’ve read it the second time, somehow everything made much more sense and although I still wanted more of it, I really enjoyed the ending and so I rated it 5 stars. For YA this is truly one of a kind and it deserves all the hype it gets.
Lastly, I want to finish this off with a message to Holly Black: Thank you for getting me out of my reading slump but I still want more of Jude and Cardan!
Did you guys read this and what were your thoughts about it! Please drop your opinions down below and let’s have a discussion 🙂 Also, if you ave any recommendations of what to read after this or any books that are similar to Folk of Air I want to hear them.
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