Pavlina's review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Thursday, December 18, 2014
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. 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.
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.




Cruel Beauty is such a beautiful book!! I was really excited to read it because it's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast! So when I saw it was in low price on Amazon I bought it immediately!! I devoured it from the first page!! It was so captivating that I didn't want to put it down!! And one of the things that I loved even more in this book, is that there's Greek mythology in it! So as a Greek reader I find it interesting, because I knew about them!! This book has everything I wanted! The unexpected darkness (this made me love it more), the mythology,the mystery and the romance!!!

It's not your typical fairytale...But it's simply unique and brilliant!


."I was raised to marry a monster."

Her whole life Nyx was prepared to marry the "Gentle Lord" in order to kill him and save their world from his evil ways.She is a sacrifice for her father's bargain with the "Gentle Lord". But how can she manage to kill him when she has to fight her own demons?
I would not say anything else about the story because it's so beautiful and smart...that I think you should read it and see what happens :))))


Let's say about the characters..who I loved them so much!!!I liked Nyx a lot!!She is a strong character!She isn't your typical good heroine but she has darkness in her!She tries to kill Ignifex but while she meets him she falls in love with him slowly..What I can say for the "Gentle Lord" or..Ignifex??He is charming!! You cannot help but fell for him even thought that he is her enemy! He teases Nyx all the time and this is what made me love him!!The romance between these two is so worthy!! It takes a while for them to get together.It's so cute how they are always against each other and then they fall in love!!

The ending wasn't what I exactly expected, I was a little confused.This is why I give it 4,5 stars..However I believe that the author truly has created something unique!!!With a very popular fairytale..retelling it with fairytale and mythology together!!Amazing!!I'm going to read Gilded Ashes very soon!!


  1. Wow, fairytale retelling and Greek mythology? That sounds like a great mix. Lovely review, Pavlina :)


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