Why is it so hard to change what I hate?
To become someone different but still okay.
Why do I always blame myself?
Never point the finger at anyone else.
How do I go on every day?
Without giving up, losing faith.
Is there a secret I don’t know?
Some sort of shortcut to take.
Have I ever seen a miracle?
I memorized these mirages though.
Didn’t let the past bring you down
Because you believed what’s done is done
Wasn’t worried about things to come
Knew you could conquer
Felt you had won
Put so much faith in yourself
Wouldn’t trust anyone else
Since they didn’t see
Every hit you took
They talked about being tired
Yet remained bad liars
So you wished yourself good luck
And walked away without looking back
Title: The Wicked King
Author: Holly Black
About the book: It’s the second novel in a series that picks up right where The Cruel Prince left off.
I received a free copy of the book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I read the first novel about a year ago, and I was curious to see what would happen next.
I love the title and cover. Both capture the essence of the story perfectly.
Characters: The main characters, Jude and Cardan, grew on me. They’re both flawed, even morally questionable. Their development made them more likeable.
Black offers additional backstory, especially in regards to Cardan. Even the evil villains have greater depth to them than I expected.
“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.”
Writing: I’m a huge fan of the dialogue, specifically between Jude and Cardan.
There’s a bit of nearly everything from fantasy to romance to suspense. The scenes aren’t too mature or graphic in nature either.
Final thoughts: The ending is just cruel. I need closure, and Holly Black didn’t give me that.
If you’re interested in reading The Wicked King, I recommend reading The Cruel Prince beforehand. If you enjoyed the first novel, you might love the second novel even more.
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I don’t know what I’m doing. Then again, who does?
Somehow I graduate next year. I don’t feel ready, but at the same time, I can’t wait to get out of university and into the real world.
I’ve had four years to find myself. I still need more time to figure out who I am.
Obviously, I want to have an open mind. But I’d love to be able to work with words. After all, I enjoy reading, writing, blogging.
I tell myself if I want to stand a chance at any career, I have to be my best self. I also feel like I’ll have to work harder than most to get my foot in the door. Regardless, I will choose and pursue the right career path for myself, not anyone else.
In my opinion, what’s on your mind all the time says a lot about who you are, what you want.
I’m a writer. I want to write.
I made memories,
and I’m not sorry.
If given the chance,
I’d do it again.
But I will cherish
those few seconds
because I found my faith
in the most unexpected place.
At the beginning
just getting started
inspiration in the air
got to kindle the fire
make the flames burn
into the winter
better than before
no intention to break
what isn’t broken
can’t see too far ahead
but I know
I’ll get where I need to go.
I’m closer to where I want to be
Not as far as before
I dream of a better time
I doubt I’ll ever stop
Proud of my progress
I have so much further to go
Still I’ve never shied away from hard work
I can’t help but think my time is coming
I’ll put the pieces together
Spread my wings and fly
Find all the ways I can enjoy life
While I cultivate my own happiness