Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

YA/Fantasy. 3 begrudging stars

Another decent story ruined by first person narrative. Nyx wasn’t strong enough to carry this book. She became whiny and confusing and aggravating. It’s the First Person Curse. When an entire paragraph starts with “I” the person speaking better be really really interesting. That’s a lot of pressure for a 17 year old girl.

This is alleged to be a retelling of Beauty and The Beast, but that link is tenuous. Nyx’s father has promised her to a demon as part of a bargain. She’s resentful of her entire family bc of this. Once she arrives at the demon’s castle there are a bunch of mysteries. Nyx sort of blunders through solving them.

Part of the story felt sudden and rushed. The relationships and decisions came out of nowhere. Despite being privy to the incessant ramblings in Nyx’s head I still didn’t get a lot of things that she did.

I liked the scenes with Nyx and Ingnifex. I enjoyed the imagery. I spent a lot of the book slightly irritated. I was at times bored and disgruntled. I wasn’t thrilled with this book overall. (Did you see what I did there?) 😉

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