Book Review: ‘Cruel Beauty’ by Rosamund Hodge
January 28th, 2014
Rosamund Hodge’s debut novel is the re-imagining of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast. It follows Nyx who has been betrothed to a demon king of the land. This was the result of a bargain her father had made with this King. She has been training since birth to end his rule.
After her marriage to him, she moves into his castle she tries to search for ways to bring him down and in the process meets Shade. She also finds herself in love with the man she had sworn to kill. This reimagining of Beauty and the Beast is quite good. Cruel Beauty combines Greek mythology and a beloved fairy tale and makes for a pretty good novel.
Cruel Beauty is not without its faults. This is supposed to be a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, but I don’t see much of the fairytale in the novel. Also, it was too romancey. Yes, I’m well aware that it is a romance novel, but there was a lot of kissing and she spent a lot of time hating herself for loving the Beast. On the bright side, Nyx was a very good and strong character.
What I didn’t like was the setting. The world under a dome of parchment sky didn’t really appeal to me that much. Nevertheless, Cruel Beauty was an enjoyable read. If you’re into fantasy romance and fairytales and don’t mind much of the romancey stuff, this is the one for you.