Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

15839984I can’t remember how this got on my Kindle…I think it was a bargain book on Amazon and I fell into the one-click trap. I can’t remember.

That being said, I don’t regret it. In fact, I actually enjoyed this read. It wasn’t extraordinary or at the top of my favorites list, by any means.
It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast…kind of. I actually thought it was a far cry from any type of Beauty and the Beast story I’ve ever read—in the best way.
Since birth, Nyx has been destined to marry the Gentle Lord, a demon lord who oversees the trapped town she lives in. The Gentle Lord strikes deals with desperate people, and her father begged the Gentle Lord for children. The Gentle Lord obliged, but Nyx’s mother was killed in the process–and the deal was that one of the twins born from the deal would marry the Gentle Lord when she came of age. Her mission during her marriage? To kill the Gentle Lord and set her world free from his reign.
Nyx has never met the Gentle Lord before, but it sent straight to his dark, dangerous house that is teeming with demons and secrets. She befriends Shade, the Gentle Lord’s shadow servant. She spends a good deal of the book being naughty and trying to discover his secrets.
The world building was fabulous—it was intricately woven, given to the reader slowly rather than all at once, and was chockfull of minor details that made the story richer.
The plot was decent, though quite predictable. I knew what the ending would be like one-third of the way into the book, but I stuck around to see if I was right (I was).
The instalove was very strong and slightly nauseating, though I understood where Nyx was coming from. At first, it wasn’t bad, but it became progressively worse as the book wore on.
Overall, I rated this book a 3.5/5 on Goodreads—-it was enjoyable, but probably won’t stick in my mind.
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