The Wicked King: Review

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At the end of Book 1 we see Jude and Cardan get into a magical bargain for 1 year and 1 day. At the start of the Wicked King, the time has fast forwarded to almost half that time. Jude’s and Cardan’s relationship has also evolved to a temporary truce of some sorts and Jude is becoming more and more trapped within Emberfall and the sources surrounding it, threatening the throne. This book had more betrayals and politics involved, which I enjoyed.

This book was a major drag! I was about to DNF it at the 30% mark but stuck with it because all the hype I heard about the ending. The plot-twist at the end was, in fact, unpredictable. However, this book still didn’t emotionally attach me to any of the characters, maybe except to Cardan, if only a little.

Overall 3.5 over 5 stars.

The Cruel Prince: Review

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I first picked this book thinking it’s similar to ACOTAR. This was slightly similar but a whole lot of different, so I can’t actually compare the two.

The book revolves around Jude, youngest of three sisters and identical twin of the second. She is determined and feisty. Her goals are well-established from the beginning of the story and she works towards them even in her unconventional situation – human girl who grew up in the Emberfall.

Cardan is the youngest of the crown princes to the throne of Emberfall. He is snobbish, arrogant and well – cruel.

The writing was okay-ish, I felt it had parts where is was dragging and didn’t complement the plot that much. Even as the story unfold to the ‘big’ revel, I didn’t feel I’m emotionally connected with any of the characters. The world building was better than expected, but I can’t say it’s my favorite version of faerieland.

Overall 3.5 over 5 stars. I’ll be continuing the series.