Review | The Wicked King Is Good…But Still Not Worth the Hype

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By: Holly Black

Overall Rating: ★★★★

Jude Duarte bound the now-crowned King, Cardan, to her in order to keep her younger brother safe. She thinks she’s super smart and can navigate the political ins and outs of Faerie, but little does she know that some crazy sh*t is about to go down. She’ll be betrayed, Cardan will be betrayed…everyone is going to be betrayed! 

So, Jude does what she does best, thinks of her best solution and then messes everything up.

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TL;DR:

Prefacing this with the disclaimer that I didn’t enjoy The Cruel Prince as much as everyone else seemed to, and my entire review is based on how this book is so much better than CP. With that said, this series is not one of my favorites, so if you’re looking for a hyped review…this isn’t it. The characters are still terrible, minus Cardan (ILYSM), but the double-crossing and ending are soo good that I was willing to overlook everything else.

The Good

The Pacing

The Cruel Prince was sooooooooooooooooooo slow. It took 75% of the book for the pace to pick up and for anything crazy to happen, but The Wicked King starts off with a bang and took me on a wild ride. There are so many betrayals, a lot of bloodshed, and tons of twists. I was so shocked by the differences in storytelling between CP and WK and I was pleasantly surprised.

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CARDAN, YOU DEVIL

Cardan is a huge douche, we all know that, but somehow he’s the only one in this entire series who makes it work. Like, dang, you did just insult me with your sarcastic comebacks…and did I kind of enjoy it?  YES, I ABSOLUTELY DID. If you’re looking to fall in love with a bad boy, look no further. King Cardan has got you covered.

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Karma’s a Huge Biatch

Excuse me, but my petty is showing. I freaking LOVED that everyone got what they deserved in this book, especially Jude. The betrayal is real and it made me so happy seeing everyone stumble and freak out over the scheming. Grab your popcorn and prepare for the drama.

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The Bad

Literally Every Other Character, Omg

Jude is literally the worst spy. Taryn is thee worst sister. Locke is the definition of f*ckboi.  And even Vivianne, who I loved in book one, got on my nerves. I knoooow that these characters are supposed to be morally grey and whatnot, but I can’t stand any of them. It makes this series a little less enjoyable for me. Can’t they be morally grey and have some good qualities? Or maybe be at least a little smarter? Or, you know, just be kind of likable?

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The Ugly Truth

I definitely enjoyed The Wicked King more than The Cruel Prince. It’s a good sequel and Cardan has found a place in my heart. I still don’t think this series is worth all the hype, but after that ending I’m definitely looking forward to Queen of Nothing!

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TL; DR | March Speed Reviews

Check out my mini reviews of all my March 2019 reads!

How is it spring already? How are we already a quarter way through 2019? How have I managed to read 6 books this month and not review any of them yet? Well, I’ll tell you why, because I’ve been neglecting my blog for the greatness that is Elias Veturius (more on that below). I promise to have full reviews for these soon, but since it’s the end of March – here’s some TL; DR action!

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By: Claire Legrand

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

This is a creepy, dark, feminist Rage Fest for the masses. The main ladies are diverse, unique and so refreshingly weird. Read for a new take on female friendships. Down with the patriarchy! You will rage so hard against the antagonist(s) and love the ending. I love monster stories, so it gets bonus points just for that.

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By: Laura Sebastian

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

This is book two in the Ash Princess trilogy and I was not disappointed. It wasn’t as amazing as Ash Princess – I really wish there was more magic – but it definitely lives up to the hype. If you were ever into Avatar the Last Airbender, you’ll enjoy book one. And if you’re into strong, independent queens who don’t need a man by their side to kick ass and take names, you’ll fall in love with Theo in book 2.

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By: Holly Black

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

For all my Cruel Prince fans, please don’t hate me, but this series DOES NOT live up to the hype…like at all. The Wicked King wasn’t everything I expected it to be, but it was way better than The Cruel Prince, so I’m giving it a one-up in my star rating. I’m also going to be petty with my rating and say that Jude gets what she deserves and so much more, and I enjoyed seeing her fumble. I still hate Taryn. Locke is the absolute worst. And Cardan is an evil little d-bag (but he can stay because for some odd reason I’m kind of into it). Even though I didn’t enjoy this as much as the masses, the ending was honestly so great.

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By: Sarah J Maas

Overall Rating: ★★★

The Verdict

It’s been a full year since I’ve read ACOTAR so I decided to reread the series in between some of the newer titles I’m getting to. The first time around, I rated this one 3 stars because I couldn’t get behind Tamlin, and Feyre was a whiny brat. Knowing all the twists and turns now (and obviously that SJM is an evil-genius who deserves an award for playing with my emotions) I’m still giving this 3 stars. The set up is worth the outcome in books 2 and 3, so PLEASE READ, but don’t expect book 1 to take your breath away.

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By: Sabaa Tahir

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS SOONER?! An amazing fantasy world with complex characters and an intense plot. Elias Veturius is the most irresistible f*ckboi ever and I love him to death. Laia is a bit on the annoying side, but she grows on you. I felt like I was reading a Game of Thrones X Throne of Glass Saga and I was not disappointed with the oracular fortune telling, political scheming, and magic. I started book two immediately. Which leads me to…

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By: Sabaa Tahir

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

Per yoozsh, book two isn’t as amazing as book one, but it’s great in its own right. The book is narrated by Elias, Laia and now Helene. If I’m being honest, Helene’s chapters were boring AF but for some reason I can’t resist her character arc. 75% of this book also felt like I was watching season 6 of Game of Thrones. Everyone gets separated, they are all traveling/trying to make it the epic battle, and I had to wait most of the book for the crazy sh*t to go down. BUT, the wait was worth it. That ending…wow. Excuse me while I binge Reaper At The Gates.

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Top 5 Tuesday | Books That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Bionic Book Worm!

Today we’re talking about books that didn’t live up to the hype and I am HERE FOR THIS. I’ve been holding back my feelings on some of these for so long and I can’t wait to let them free. Here. We. Go.

Cruel Prince by Holly Black

So, apparently everyone except me thinks Cruel Prince is sooo amazing. I, however, thought the first two-thirds of this book were super boring and it took FOREVER for any real action to happen. Jude is the worst spy ever and is annoying AF. Taryn is the worst sister ever and is also annoying AF. Prince Cardan is the worst person ever and is slightly less annoying than the others, but still…annoying AF. My little cinnamon roll Oak is precious though, and nothing better happen to him in Wicked King. The ending saved this entire book for me, but still…didn’t live up to the hype.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I was SO excited to read this duology, but for some reason it just didn’t resonate with me. The heists and con jobs are super slick – like The Italian Job but 100 times more intense -but the story itself isn’t that great. I also did NOT appreciate the ending of Crooked Kingdom. I’m still salty over that unnecessary death. Let’s not forget about Kaz Brekker and his crew. I didn’t connect with any of them or find Kaz to be the book boyfriend everyone hyped him up to be. Overall, I could live without re-reading this one.

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Everless by Sara Holland

I was so sad when I finished this book because I was disappointed to the max. I had heard amazing things and the premise of time being bound to blood is interesting, but Holland’s writing seemed more like disjointed, semi-finished bursts of thought and it was a bit more juvenile than I would have liked. Now on to Jules, the “heroine”. She isn’t the brightest bulb in the bunch and most of the conflicts that happen could have been avoided if she would have just listened to literally everyone around her. I couldn’t enjoy the story at all because I couldn’t stop thinking about how slowly Jules caught on to important things. This is definitely one I won’t be recommending to my friends.

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The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey

I’m not a big fan of alien stories but The 5th Wave caught my attention for some strange reason, so I gave the first book a try. I loved it but the rest of the series is so. horrible. This was another one that I had heard great things about and the buzz just grew once the movie came out, but it is not worth the hype. Another story where unnecessary death takes place and writing meant to be “thoughtful” just ends up being bland, boring and a bit confusing.

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The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

This is another series where the first book is amazing but it all went downhill after that. The ending of The Death Cure seemed like such an afterthought to Dashner, like he just started writing before figuring out how it was meant to end and picked out an option from a bowl and said “yup, let’s go with this one. Seems legit.” There was such hype after the movies came out, but not even Dylan O’Brien could save this one. It’s still overhyped.

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