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Annotating The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince
As part of a new series called “Annotation Highlights” on the Fable For You Feed, I choose a book every week and share some of its most annotated passages (without being too spoilery, of course). This week, we dove into “The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black. This is the first book in the Folk of Air Trilogy. 
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I personally enjoy my books so much more when I annotate. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a stack of annotated books and flipping through the pages to find drawings, notes, tabs, and sometimes just some really random words. Creating a system with my tabs, choosing my pen and highlighter, making little drawings in the margins – it’s an experience by itself. You have to analyze to determine which tab to use, and so maybe you’ll find something you wouldn’t have even considered had you not been annotating. Not only that, but it is incredibly aesthetically pleasing.
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I’m sure many of you have heard of "The Cruel Prince" before now, as it went Booktok viral a few years back. While it has often been marketed as an enemies-to-lovers fantasy romance, it’s important to note that romance is more of a subplot in this story. In reality, fae politics are at the very heart of it. However, it has numerous other thrilling elements aside from those politics, such as humor, romance, and betrayal—oh, and a really badass FMC. With all that being said, here are the annotation highlights for “The Cruel Prince”: 
The top highlighted quote is … 

“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”

The most tabbed quote is … 

“The bones of an earthly woman and her unborn child in the burned remains of my estate were convincing. Do you know what it is to return from battle to find your wife dead, your only heir with her? To find your life reduced to ash?”

And last but not least, the quote that has the most reaction emojis is … 

“Years later, when Jude told herself the story of what happened, she couldn’t recall the part where they packed. Shock seemed to have erased that hour entirely. Somehow Vivi must have found bags, must have put in their favorite picture books and their most beloved toys, along with photographs and pajamas and coats and shirts."

In my opinion, this trilogy is iconic (yes, I am most definitely biased when saying this because it’s one of my favorite series ever, but let’s look past that for a moment) and you should give it a shot! You can start reading “The Cruel Prince” now on Fable.Now I want to ask YOU what book I should feature in the next Annotation Highlights post. Drop your requests in the comments!

How I started annotating

Annotating became such a huge part of my life after I launched my annotating kit in November of 2021 that I decided to create my own bookclub in May of 2022 that focuses primarily on annotating. In other words, annotating has made me enjoy reading so much more in the last year and I am beyond ecstatic to be able to share my love and knowledge of the practice with my followers and customers!
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