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review 2016-01-22 18:22
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden)
Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge,Elizabeth Knowelden

I am once again the party pooper or just the one with horrid taste.  This book didn’t thrill me. It didn’t start out that way. It started out fabulously, actually. I’m a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings and I loved the angry, revenge-filled heroine and her prickly interactions with the man she was forced to marry. He was actually pretty humorous.  She punches him in the face, tries to stab him with a fork and all he can do is slyly smile and say, “I do like a wife with a little malice in her heart.”  I saw at least a 4 ½ star rating in this books future but then, as many a book does, it frustrated and eventually lost me.

 

The narration was wonderful.  Elizabeth Knowelden gave it everything she had and breathed life into the characters but somewhere, I’m guessing it was about the midway point but who really knows, after the introduction of a unique love triangle (but still . . . love triangle, ugh), much dithering back and forth and kissing of both men (who can blame a girl, right? ugh), and much less of the fun dialogue that I so enjoyed in the beginning, my attention started to wane.

 

So like any good Beauty & the Beast tale, there’s a big curse. There’s also a justifiably angry heroine and a plot filled with mythology and mysteries and many twists and turns. Those weren't my problems. The biggest problem for me was Nyx’s dithering between her lover boys and her loyalties and the fact that all of her relatives were just selfish and awful and basically ruined her future happiness for their own gain. She should've let them all suck it. But, alas, instead of stabbing them with a fork as they so well deserved, she acquiesces to their wishes time and again and it made me very growly. They were completely deserving of her hatred, if you ask me. I know you didn’t but there it is. On a final note, the ending was decent but the frustration to get there nearly did me in.

 

The first half (or so) gets a 4 ½ the rest a 2. I guess I’ll have to settle on a three.

 

Borrowing my funny friend Shelby's gif because it suits me too ;)

 

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text 2016-01-20 16:59
Reading progress update: I've listened 480 out of 600 minutes.
Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge,Elizabeth Knowelden

Darn, it started out so good but now it's just another book that everyone but me loves.

 

 

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text 2016-01-14 15:17
Reading progress update: I've listened 90 out of 600 minutes.
Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge,Elizabeth Knowelden

She's punched him in the face, she's tried to stab him and all he can say is:

 

"I do like a wife with a little malice in her heart.”

 

Something tells me I'm going to like this book a lot :)

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text 2016-01-13 18:09
Reading progress update: I've listened 45 out of 600 minutes.
Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge,Elizabeth Knowelden

So, there's a place that has been plagued by demons controlled by a Demon Prince. The people live in fear of the demons but none of them are brave enough to sacrifice themselves to end the torment.

 

Teenager Nyx must marry the demon prince to fulfill a long ago promise made by her father. If she refuses, her mother apparently will “have died in vain” and she must “save her people” from the curse. No pressure here. . .

 

Nyx has known this day was coming and has been dreading this day and resenting her family for a very long time. Now the night has arrived. The night she will become the evil prince’s plaything and save her people at the expense of herself. She is pissed and I don’t blame her. I’d be pretty pissed too!

 

In this case, I hope the "demon prince" turns out to be nothing but a sweet, misunderstood widdle demon with a heart full of love. Usually that’ll drive me mad but not today.Nope. Not today. And I hope he even has the face of an angel.

 

 

 

 

Take that you cowardly bitches. Sacrificing an innocent teenager to a demon to save your own asses. Stew in your own jealousy you jerks.

 

 

 

Well, I can only hope things go this way.

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review 2015-01-09 00:00
Cruel Beauty
Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge,Elizabeth Knowelden Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Feb 4, 2015

Full review is now up on Word Revel.

Jan 6, 2015

Initial thoughts: Now where do I start? With my feelings right now or my general feelings throughout? Generally, I liked Cruel Beauty but in the end, something didn't entirely sit quite right with me. As I sit here staring at the screen, I feel like there was a missing piece I didn't quite grasp. Cruel Beauty was beautifully written and narrated. It truly was a fairy tale retold. The timeless setting was glorious and while the style emulated the fairy tales of olden times, it still felt like a modern story because it was like a fresh and new fairy tale. Yet I felt a sort of emptiness after the closing lines. Regretfully, that wasn't because I was sad the book was over.
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