Narrator: Elizabeth Knowleden

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, […]

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