Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: Young Adult Review


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Age Range: 12 and up

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 28, 2014)

Language: English

Series: None

Genre: Fanasy/Fairy Tale

Source: Edelweiss

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known 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 as 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.

For fans of
bestselling authors Kristin Cashore and Alex Flinn, this gorgeously
written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a
feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.

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“A completely engrossing tale.” (Alex Flinn, New York Times bestselling author of BEASTLY and TOWERING)

dazzling and clever retelling, CRUEL BEAUTY is delightfully dark,
lushly romantic, and utterly spellbinding. I adored it, and can’t wait
to read Hodge’s next novel!” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling
author of the Throne of Glass series)

“What a stunning debut.
This is a book you will want to read as fast as you can for the
intricate plot and as slowly as you can to savor the gorgeous
world-building and the ravishing love story.” (Sherry Thomas, author of

“An intricate and arresting tale well worth
readers’ time … Hodge succeeds in creating a refreshingly human and
real protagonist and love interest. They are both strong and flawed, and
they—even more strikingly—embrace those qualities in themselves and
each other. Engrossing.” (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author:

I love mythology, Hello Kitty,
and T. S. Eliot. My debut novel, CRUEL BEAUTY (a YA fairytale fantasy,
where Greek mythology meets Beauty and the Beast), is due out from
Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins in Winter 2014.

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My Thoughts:

If you are looking for your next addictive YA fantasy, this could be it.
Cruel Beauty has an intricate plot with complicated, twisted
characters. Nobody is who they appear to be. There is so much going on
in the story that it is easy to get swept away into this world of
bargains and deceit, where answers lay hidden and just out of reach.

The writing is gorgeous. The author manages to describe events and
feelings in a way that I’ve never seen before. The relationships between
all the characters is a fascinating web of hatred, love, lies, and

While the book isn’t entirely perfect, it is pretty darn close. It’s the timeless romance story that every girl loves.

Content: Clean


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    January 22, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Oh I really want to read this one. Thanks for the review!

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    Tressa S
    January 27, 2014 at 5:29 am

    So, I skipped your review. I just noticed the rating and content info since I'm hoping to read this one this week and like to get my reviews up before I read others' reviews. I'm so glad that you loved it! This is one I pre-ordered, so I'm glad that this should be keeper. 🙂

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      January 29, 2014 at 1:00 am

      I left out all spoilers! But I understand. I don't like reading other people's reviews before I read the book either. You'll have to let me know if you like it!

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