Day 20 – Best Book You Read Last Year
I hardly remember what I had for dinner last night, let alone remember what I did last year but books? Now they’re something I remember.
I read a lot of great books last year, and some bad ones, but there are a few that stand out in my memory. However, I can only pick one for this prompt.
The best book I read last year was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
I originally was introduced to Holly Black through The Darkest Part of the Forest which I also read last year and loved. It reminded me of a book I read in school which I can’t for the love of me remember the name of but I loved it. The Darkest Part of the Forest gave me those same feelings and so when I got The Cruel Prince I knew I had to get started pronto.
I will admit, it took me a bit of time to get into the story. I found the start dragged on a little but once I got past the initial bump I found I wasn’t disappointed.
It’s a brilliant depiction of what faeries really are, cunning and wicked and cruel. It is full of plotting and deception and honestly, everything a book set in the faerie kingdom needs to be.
This book takes me into Faerie because I am living through the intricate highlighted sensation that Holly Black has created.
I enjoyed it because there is actually a plot to follow that isn’t fully focused on romance. Jude is an interesting character because despite the horrors inflicted on her family she still wants to be like them. And she finds out quickly that she has a taste for the trickery and bloodshed they revel in so much. She is stubborn and fierce and truly a fantastic female lead. I both love and hate Carden and I’m so interested to see what will happen between Jude and Carden.
The book is dark and beautiful, full of suspense and unexpected plot twists. It’s everything I needed.
I’m going to finally get around to reading The Wicked King but by that point the third book is likely going to be released.
- The Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
- Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
- To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
- When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris