Teen Review– Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Nyx Triskelion has been, since birth, engaged to marry the Prince of Demons, as a result of a bargain that her father made. Nyx has one goal: gain the trust of the ruler and kill him to save her family and her kingdom. Nyx faces internal strife as she desires to rebel against her family, the ones who are forcing her to do this. However, she knows that what she must do is not just for her family, but for her entire kingdom. 

This was a superbly written novel. The author’s style was flowing and beautiful, allowing the reader to be fully submerged in the world of the characters. The characters evolved, especially the two main characters, Nyx Triskelion and the Prince of Demons. The plot was fast-paced, and the characters were easy to sympathize with, and their emotions were easy to understand. There was nothing I disliked about this book. In a literary world awash with dystopian novels, a twist on the familiar fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast was a welcome refresher, and the elements of Greek mythology were the icing on the cake. 

The dialogue between the characters was witty and sharp. I enjoyed reading the repartee between the two main characters especially;  it was fun and humorous. Rarely is an author able to create such wit without it seeming forced or awkward. The conversations really seemed to flow.

0-five-stars

Review by Katie, grade 10, Twin Hickory Area Library

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