Book Haul: The Cruel Prince Problem

Posted February 3, 2018 by Kim in book haul, stacking the shelves / 4 Comments

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

I never thought I would read a Holly Black book, because I’ve never been particularly interested in them. Except Cruel Prince took every bookish outlet I follow by storm. Suddenly everywhere I look, it’s there front and center telling me that yes, you are indeed very interested in Jude. It’s been sold to me as a dark story where every character, not just Cardan, lives up to the title. I’m hoping I’ll love it just as much as the brutal And I Darken.

The Three Body Problem is a strange one; I never would’ve picked it up in a bookstore because I don’t wander into the science fiction section. There’s something about translated work I find interesting though. More often than not, I have these bursts of motivation to learn a new language. It’s not quite enough to commit to fluency, because thirty minutes a day for a streak of five days is usually my max, but I love the idea of speaking multiple tongues. Right now, I just like using duolingo to feel productive. I think I’ll try to ease into The Three Body Problem with some young adult science fiction.

Do you enjoy cutthroat protagonists? Do you have any recommendations for stories with uncompromising heroes/heroines or science fiction?

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4 responses to “Book Haul: The Cruel Prince Problem

  1. I’ve been curious about The Cruel Prince because I’ve kinda wanted to try Holly Black, based on other blogger recommendations? But I will admit the hype machine has made me a tad skeptical, and I’ve had a couple OTHER bloggers I trust say they didn’t like it, so I don’t know! lol I hope you enjoy it, and Three- Body Problem as well!

    I like cutthroat protags sometimes, I guess it depends on the story. I probably don’t have any good recommendations, but I did enjoy World of Water by James Lovegrove. It’s sci- fi with a water planet and the protagonist is interesting, plus the indigenous life forms (merfolk basicall) have a cool method of communicating. It’s fast paced too.
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  2. I got The Cruel Prince last week and I hope to read it soon. I loved Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl In Coldtown and The Darkest Part of the Forest, so I have high hopes for this one. I hope you enjoy all your new books. Happy reading 🙂

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  3. I normally don’t like dark protagonists, but i was sucked into the hype of The Cruel Prince, and just had to see what all the fuss was about. I was worried going in that I wouldn’t like it because the synopsis didn’t sound like something I would normally like, and sometimes when books are hyped up so much they just fall flat. But I really liked it! I couldn’t put it down and now I really want more! I hope you like it too! 🙂

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