Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

cruel beautyBook Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Nyx must kill the Gentle Lord. She’s know that since she was a child. But as with most stories, it isn’t that easy. When Nyx’s father makes a deal with the Gentle Lord she is promised as his wife when she comes of age. All of her childhood is spent preparing to kill her future husband, knowing that this action will most likely result in her own death.

This is more than just a simple Beauty and the Beast retelling as some reviews suggest. Yes, that is still there, but there is a lot of mythology and relationships build into the story as well. Nyx is complicated, as is the love that soon develops between Nyx and both the Gentle Lord and Shade. I really liked Nyx and appreciated that she was so conflicted, and so rough around the edges. She resents her family and her situation and knows she can be better but isn’t sure if she wants to be or not.

Quote on falling in love: “For a moment I felt like a river running down to his ocean.”

Recommended Grade: High School-Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion: Recommended
Source: audiobook (free from

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