Rosamund Hodge, Cruel Beauty, (2014), 346p
I love Beauty and the Beast. If I was a Disney princess, I would be Belle.
1) Loving books. All of the books. I dream of a library the size of the Beast’s all day.
2) That adorable blue and white dress/apron combo. So practical and adorable.
3) Belle seems the most down to earth. Not whiny like the other princesses.
4) She’s best friends with a cup. Like how cute is that.
When I found out Cruel Beauty was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I HAD to check it out. I downloaded it onto my iPad and gave it a go.
Nyx Triskelion is destined to marry a monster and has trained her whole life to kill him. When she turns seventeen, the marriage is finalized and Nyx is forced to move to the castle to be the monster’s wife. When Nyx arrives, things are not quite as they seem. Is the monster really a monster?
This book was a fluffy book pretending to be dark. It was entertaining and a perfect read for travelling home for my pre-Christmas visit. Nyx didn’t annoy me like many other fluffy teen read female protagonists. It was a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but the heart was still there.
It’s not the greatest book I’ve read this year, but it did the trick.
Happy reading –