Shelf Control #2 & This Week in Books 12/08/18


Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.

35181811The Cruel Prince
by Holly Black

Jude was seven 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.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal 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.

I haven’t had the best experiences with Holly Black’s writing in the past; I didn’t enjoy The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and I wasn’t a big fan of her story in My True Love Gave to Me. She’s the kind of author whose ideas I love, but something about her writing means she and I don’t get along.

I’ve seen The Cruel Prince all over the place this year, though, and I’ve heard enough good things that I’m intrigued. I mentioned in my recent review of Rosemary and Rue that I’m not usually drawn to books about faeries and the fae, but I’m interested in giving this one a try and I’m hoping to pick it up soon.

If I like it, great! If not, then I know Holly Black and I simply aren’t meant to be.

Are there any authors you struggle with?


This week I’m joining in with Lipsy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found to talk about the books I’ve been reading recently!



I’m still reading The Invisible Library! I haven’t completely got into yet, I’m still waiting for it to grab me, but I trust Natalie @ A Sea Change‘s taste and I have a feeling it’s going to really get going soon.


I received a copy of this from NetGalley last year, I’m ashamed to say, because I loved the premise, but I read YA contemporary so rarely I kept forgetting to pick it up. I was in the mood for a mystery this past weekend, though, and I ended up sitting down and devouring One of Us is Lying whole on Sunday evening. I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would – look out for my review coming soon!


I can never be 100% sure what I’m going to read next because I’m such a mood reader, but recently I’ve been leaning towards some more N. K. Jemisin and I’d like to give her Inheritance Trilogy a try which starts with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. I’ve seen quite mixed reviews of this one, but I’m hoping to love it.

What are you reading?

6 thoughts on “Shelf Control #2 & This Week in Books 12/08/18

  1. Lisa says:

    I almost read this one — but it was a library book, and once I had it, I found I just wasn’t in the mood to start. I’ve read some Holly Black that I’ve loved, but my tolerance for fairy stories is kind of limited. (And now that I’ve fallen in love with October Daye’s world, I’m not sure that I want to read any other fairy stories!). If you do end up reading this, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Maybe that will help me decide whether to try again!

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  2. Angela says:

    I’ve never read Holly Black before, but I’ve heard good things about The Cruel Prince. I always seem to have problems with authors that everyone else loves – I recently read Leigh Bardugo and Maggie Steifvater for the first time and wasn’t overly impressed with either!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      You’re not alone there! I’ve never been able to get into Maggie Stiefvater either. I’d like to give The Scorpio Races a try because it’s a standalone, but it’s not a priority.


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