Cruel Beauty Review

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Title: Cruel Beauty

Author: Rosamund Hodge

Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)

Flap Copy:

“Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom’s mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can’t resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who’s gotten in her way by stealing her heart.”

I can see why people had problems with this book. It wasn’t the best I have ever read. The major redeeming factor though was the chemistry between Nyx and the Gentle Lord. I loved the give and take of their relationship. I would say read it I only for that aspect.

It is not the best Beauty and the Beast retelling I have seen, but there were a lot of elements from various mythologies wrapped together: Cupid and Pysche for starters. These elements worked for me, but I think that I would have preferred a straightforward retelling. Again not the best, but not the worst.

Would I have acquired this? Not sure. It was interesting enough and the author is not planning this series to follow the same characters, but I have also seen better retellings that I definitely would have acquired. I think ultimately I might have acquired it, but not for a ton of money.

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