Author: Rosamund Hodge

Book Review 80: Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge

Book Review 80: Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge

I’ve been mesmerized by the World created by Rosamund Hodge since listening to Cruel Beauty last summer. There is something enchanting and heartbreaking about the World ruled by the Dark Lord and his band of demons. “Gilded Ashes” returns readers, via short story, to this World through a sad re-telling of Cinderella. “Gilded Ashes” is not a lighthearted tale. It’s a dark and depressing lesson-filled story about family and the lengths one will go to make sure one’s family is happy. I did enjoy it as it seemed much more straight forward than Cruel Beauty—not so many twists and turns. I was also more able to see the parallels, from start to finish, with Cinderella’s story. Being this is a short story it didn’t take long to finish it as a good portion of the book is a preview for Cruel Beauty. Besides existing in the same world as Cruel Beauty there’s not a direction connect to the novel. Hodge does spend some time explaining the Dark Lord and the rules for his deals so it is not necessary to have read Cruel Beauty to understand “Gilded Ashes.” If someone was unsure about Cruel Beauty or is a fan of […]

4 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on March 25, 2015
Book Review 45: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Book Review 45: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

My Rating: Thumbs Up     Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge was the second of several audiobooks I downloaded this summer via the SYNC Free Downloads event. As I have mentioned before, I don’t listen to many audiobooks as my commute is 20 minutes each way, but the idea of a retelling of Beauty and Beast and striking cover caught my attention. Right from the start of the audiobook I was captivated. I loved Elizabeth Knowleden’s narration. Her voice set the tone for the dark sad tale that unfolded over several weeks on my drives to work. My favorite parts! Nyx. She minces no words. She’s honest about her situation and her father’s motives for “selling” her to Ignifex. She is not some angsty, woe-is-me character. It was quite refreshing.The world of Arcadia. Hodge does a beautiful job of painting this world that lives apart of everything else. It is trapped in a sort of purgatory. I imagined this snow globe of a world about the size of Wicked Witch’s in the The Wizard of Oz movie—clouds swirling—just barely being able to see the city. The vivid history. All through the story, I wanted to know more about the shadows, […]

5 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 29, 2014