Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel_Beauty_Cover_EpicReadsCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Me thinks it’s a stand alone. YAY (shrug)

Publishing Date: January 28, 2014



This is beauty and the beast meets Greek mythology.

Nyx’s little town is ruled by a demon who grants wishes that always has a catch.  Before she was born, Nyx’s father made a foolish wish and now Nyx must marry the demon-Ignifex.  Nyx has known of the arrangement since she was a child and her father has trained her to kill her soon to be demon husband.

The Good

  • The cover is beautiful.  This book will fly off the shelf simply because of it.
  • Who doesn’t love a beauty and the beast retelling?
  • For a debut novel, Hodge is a beautiful writer.
  • Hodge’s imagination is amazing.  You get hooked right away.

The Bad 

  • There was too much story.  Imagine the last 3 Harry Potters crammed into 352 pages.  I wish it were simplified or longer.
  • I honestly can’t say anything else because I skipped through the second half.


My knowledge of Greek Mythology is BASIC.  A 3rd grader knows more than me.  This is most likely the reason why I skipped thru the second half.  It began to be very confusing.

This, however, is my problem not the book’s.  Because the first half was on its way to a 5/5. I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy fair tale retellings and Greek mythology.

Book Clubs for Tweens/Teens-

Please stop reading if you don’t want to see spoilers!!!

I do this b/c I am a librarian that runs a book discussion group for 5th-7th grade. Parents of younger teens are expecting librarians to pick clean books and it is helpful to know if the book is okay for middle school.  Otherwise, I am all for Intellectual Freedom.

  • I did not read every word, so I can’t give a full review. Based on the first half:
  • There was no profanity
  • Nyx repeatedly talks about her breast and her uncomfortable corset.
  • Sex is mentioned on the sly.  “She shares a bed my my father.” “Do your wifely duty.”
  • Okay for 14 and up.

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