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Read + Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black



Jude Duarte’s throat closes up every time she’s reminded that she is merely a mortal. Quite frankly, she amounts to nothing compared to the high-ranking faeries. However, Jude is willing to prove her worth as an individual at all costs. No matter how consequential her actions are, she won’t let society change her. After Jude unearths new abilities and powers, a betrayal wreaks havoc in the royal family. Jude’s responsibility is to save her family and the entirety of Faerie.

The word choice of The Cruel Prince indubitably exceeds all expectations. There is not the slightest hesitation when I say that the author’s characterization and imagination are awe-inspiring. Heartbreaks, obstacles, and bloodshed advanced the plot and allowed the story to show its full potential. Although it was somewhat difficult to understand how the society of Faerie operated, the plot of The Cruel Prince was unquestionably intriguing.

One memorable thing about The Cruel Prince was the tragic and agonizing betrayal that took place before Jude’s very eyes. It was certainly a surreal event that altered the outcome of the book immensely.


Reviewed by Jessica, Grade 9, Glen Allen Library

Snow Day for schools, but we are open until 5:00 pm.

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We are closing early at 5:00 pm today, due to the snow. Between now and 5:00 pm, you can stop by the library to grab a book for a nice Snow Day read.

If you want to stay home, you can still get books, audiobooks, music, movies and TV shows from the library. All you need is you library card and a device (laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc…) to download to, or stream with. OverDrive has ebooks and eaudiobooks, Hoopla has ebooks, eaudiobooks, manga, graphic novels, music, movies and TV shows — all FREE with your library card ūüôā

Not sure how to use OverDrive or Hoopla? Give us a call, or txt/chat with us.

Top Teen Reads of 2017 from your HCPL Teen Librarians!

2017 was definitely a roller coaster ride. There were some incredible peaks, plenty of quick drops and more than a few twists and turns.  We costumed up and partied at the Library Comic Con, saw the sun go dark during the Great American Eclipse, and fought the rise of fake news.

But 2017 was also another awesome year for YA books.  We read SO MANY great books this year, it was hard to choose our favorites.  We cheered for new titles from past favorites John Green and Philip Pullman. We were bowled over by brand new authors like Angie Thomas and Sandhya Menon. And we loved seeing YA lit continue to tackle topics relevant to all teens, reflecting the diversity that surrounds us every day.

Without any further adieu, here is your HCPL Teen Librarians’ Top Teen Reads of 2017. ¬†You may just find your next book to read on this list – click on the titles to head to our catalog and place copies¬†on hold!

We dedicate this list to Amanda Giannini (1982-2017), Teen Librarian at the Fairfield Library. We miss you, Amanda.

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