Review: Cruel Beauty by: Rosamund Hodge

Hello there,

    First off, I know this review is super late. This should have been posted the end of January but stuff happened and today is the day that I was finally able to get this up. Today’s post is on my thoughts on Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Let me start off by saying that I was really excited to read this book and I had been wanting to read this for a year or two. I am so glad that I was finally able to give Cruel Beauty a read.

    Cruel Beauty is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, that is the main reason I wanted to read this book. Nyx our main character has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom since birth. This is all due to the fact that her father struck a deal with the Gentle Lord. The price of that deal was one of his daughters. This story is about Nyx and what happens when she comes face to face with the husband she is supposed to kill.

    My main emotion when I read this book was confusion. I was honestly so confused the entire time reading Cruel Beauty, I will get clarity for a few pages then I will be back to being confused. The plot was very interesting and it was a unique take on the Beauty and fullsizerender-jpg-1the Beast story. I just wish that certain things were explained more so that there would be a clearer picture of what was happening. I did really enjoy the characters especially the Gentle Lord he was not what I was expecting. If was fun following the story and discovering the secrets of the castle along with Nyx and trying to figure out the entire mystery that was this book.

    I ended up giving this book 3.5 stars out of 5. It could have been 4 or 5 stars if certain events were explained in greater detail. I feel that if those things were explained Cruel Beauty would have been a fantastic book. I still say you give this book a read, maybe you will understand this Cruel Beauty better than I did.Let me know if you have read Cruel Beauty and if you were confused as well.

I will be going into spoilers stuff after this sentence.

Spoilers Up Ahead!fullsizerender-jpg-5

  • Okay so who else thought that Ignifex was really funny because I know I did!
  • Can anyone explain to me what happened in the end because I was completely lost. How was the bargain broken with the kindly ones?

If you can answer this question email me at just so that no one gets spoiled. I really want to understand. 🙂

Until next time book nerds,


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