Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A deep, thoughtful, beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is simply a triumph--an amazing story that I will treasure forever!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Nyx was raised for one purpose: to destroy The Gentle Lord, the evil ruler of her world. Angry, hateful, and out for revenge, she arrives in The Gentle Lord's house guns blazing. But as time goes on, she gets to know him, and they fall in love, and Nyx realizes she must choose what is more important: revenge, or her own happiness..
What I enjoyed:
-The worldbuilding--it was flawless, and the setting Hodge creates is rich and unforgettable
-Nyx, the complex, multi-faceted main character--I loved the way Hodge created her--she was so human, and her character development was a treat to read
-Ignifex, The Gentle Lord, a sympathetic, hilarious villain
-The tension between Ignifex and Nyx throughout the novel, finally coming into romance
-Astraia, Nyx's sister, just as complex as the main character and I was rooting for her, too!
-The way Hodge so creatively retold a timeless, classic story, but in her own unique way
-The ending--it was perfect, though at first it worried me a little bit
-The way Hodge seamlessly blended Greek mythology into her narrative and worldbuilding
What I hated:
-Nyx's father and aunt
I loved, loved, loved, loved Cruel Beauty--it was a complete gem and I am so happy to have read it! Next on deck: Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne!