Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – Review 

4 out of 5 stars 
A retelling of Beauty and the Beast that involves Greek mythology? Count me the fuck in. 
Now, I didn’t really have many expectations going into this one. I knew about the Beauty and the Beast thing, but I didn’t know about the Greek mythology thing (I love Greek mythology things btw). I was so pleasantly surprised! I was drawn in right from the get go. Ya know those books where you start them and just think “oh yeah this is gon be good”? This was totally one of those for me. 
I really liked Nyx. She wasn’t perfect, and is incredibly bitter towards her sister because of her own fate. Basically, their father made a deal with the demon king to give one of his twin daughters up for the demon king to marry, and he chooses Nyx. 
“If one of us had to die, it ought to be the one with poison in her heart.”
So Nyx has trained all her life to marry this demon fellow and kill him, but what kind of Beauty and the Beast retelling would this be if they both killed each other?
 A disappointing one, that’s what. 
“I wanted to hit him again. I wanted to cry. Most of all, I wanted to forget my mission and lose myself in the embrace of the one person who had ever seen my heart and claimed to love me after.”

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