Friday, February 2, 2018

The Friday 56 (123) & Book Beginnings: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE
Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.
26032825Synopsis from Goodreads...

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.
Beginning: "On a drowsy Sunday afternoon, a man in a long dark coat hesitated in front of a house on a tree-lined street."

56: "There is always a moment when it begins to move that I can't help grinning. There is something about the sheer impossibility of it, the magnificence of the woods streaking by and the way the ragwort hooves kick up gravel as they leap up into the air, that gives me an electric rush of pure adrenaline."
Comments: I had high hopes for The Cruel Prince and wasn't disappointed. What are you reading this week? 



27 comments:

  1. Ah, if she hates him so, why does she want to stay? Sounds like a well-constructed internal conflict.

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    1. The situation turned out to be a fairly complicated one. The internal strife experienced by the characters was one of the things I liked about The Cruel Prince. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. This one is on my TBR mountain and I hope to get to it soon. This week I have A Cold Day in Hell by Lissa Marie Redmond. Happy reading!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it once you get to it. If you've read anything by Holly Black, particularly her books about fairies, then I think this one will be a hit. I certainly enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Great excerpts! Now I'm curious. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  4. I've been seeing this book everywhere and it looks fantastic! It looks amazing. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  5. I've heard good things about this book. I haven't read much of Holly Black's work but it was popular in my library. My Friday Quotes

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  6. I'll have to give this book a second look. It may wind up on my TBR list yet.

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  7. This sounds so good! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!

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  8. This sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend! :)

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  9. I'm seeing this everywhere which is why I just checked it out from the library. Crossing my fingers I enjoy it as much as you. Happy Friday!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it once you get to it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I have been eyeing this one ever since I first heard of it. Your excerpts have my interest piqued and I will be adding it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing it. :)

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  11. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  12. I am really looking forward to this one too!

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  13. Okay, I've heard so many rave reviews about The Cruel Prince. I'm intrigued that you just said you had high hopes and you weren't disappointed - but you aren't raving about it. Excited for more thoughts on it!

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    1. Actually, I enjoyed The Cruel Prince a lot. It read like Black's usual take on fairies, which is always excellent. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. The Cruel Prince is one of my new favorites! Happy reading!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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