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Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this book. Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Adult Written by April R. The setting is in a made up world like earth, but no "known" location. The characters are easy to unde Teen, 13 years old Written by twistedlover December 16, Best word I could describe it as really.

Quite different from the genres I usually read.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

But let me say, it was really, really good. Is it any good? Talk to your kids about January 28, Publisher's recommended age s: Nook, Audiobook unabridged , Hardback, Kindle. Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More. For kids who love romantic fantasy and fairy tales. That's why I love you. I just don't know how much I like the execution.

While there's definitely no rape in this story, there are points where non-consensual kissing occurs between the main couple. I don't feel the narrative glorifies these actions— actually, they're decried by the narrative and by Nyx herself— but it really squicked me out. I have been waiting, all my life, for someone undeceived to love me. Now let's talk protagonist, because again, I have no fucking clue how I felt about Nyx. She's complicated, she's flawed, she's badass, she's a little dark— I should love her, right?

I don't know if I do, and I don't know if I don't, either. Again, I thought her character arc was messy. It's a good character arc, but she keeps going back and forth, as a character, between developing and not developing. This back-and-forth is a common issue in debut novels, so I'm not particularly surprised; it just annoyed me.

I have to say that the love triangle was my least favorite thing about the book. Yes, it's not a typical love triangle; no, I still didn't care for it.

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What was the point? Nyx's relationship with Shade was a crushing disappointment of instalove. Why couldn't Shade just be a platonic friend? Rosamund Hodge really does like her hopeful, yet imperfect endings. I love them too; I've found all of her books' final scenes absolutely perfect.

However, she often gets her readers to those final scenes through some really rushed twists. Pacing her complex plots has never been her strongsuit, and unfortunately, it shows in her often-confusing endings. Despite all the typical debut novel issues, this was a really compelling story and I'm so glad I picked it up. Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Cruel Beauty.

It made me happy to see you suffer. I would do it all over again if I could. Every night I would torment you and laugh. You are never safe with me. He opened his eyes and stared up at me as if I were the door out of Arcadia and back to the true sky. Because it reminds him of what he truly is". We will never be safe with each other. Nyx Triskelion, will you be my wife? But I felt like I had been waiting all my life to hear them.

Cruel Beauty

I had been waiting, all my life, for someone undeceived to love me. And now he did, and it felt like walking into the dazzling sunlight of the Heart of Earth. Except that the sunlight was false, and his love was real. Very deliberately, I pulled my hands out of his. It seemed forever since that first day when I had ripped my bodice open so easily.

Ignifex touched my cheek very gently, as if I was a bird that might be startled into flight. Finally I met his eyes. May 8, — Shelved as: May 21, — Shelved as: May 22, — Shelved as: May 29, — Shelved as: June 10, — Shelved as: September 12, — Shelved as: May 27, — Shelved as: Jun 03, Aug 03,