Queen of Nothing by Holly Black is a frustrating mix of satisfying and infuriating. Main character, Jude, remains strong and independent until Cardan enters any scene. It feels as though every few seconds we’re being told how insanely beautiful he is. Yes, we know he’s cute, Holly, we get it. And the use of his poor upbringing as a reason as to why he is abusive towards Jude, is enabling and dismissive. Just because his mother was needlessly negligent and his father cruel, that doesn’t give him the right to behave abusively to Jude. And making it out as though Jude’s strength comes from not just how much of his cruelty she can stand without breaking, but also how much she can dish back out, makes it sound as though victims should feel strong for continuing take abuse. As an adult, I can read these things and take them with a grain of salt, but also as an adult, I see how problematic this can be since it’s aimed at young adults and pre-teens. I can honestly say that I loved the ending, and enjoyed the series, but I would not recommend these books to anyone and will most likely be unloading them in the new year.