Cruel Beauty is a hauntingly beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast, written by author Rosamund Hodge. The writing is so magical that there are certain quotes that stuck with me long after I finished the book, so I thought I’d share them with you. Without further ado:
“We fell until we had been falling forever and always, and always would continue falling, because nothing existed outside this chaos of fire and shadow.
But I held on to him.
And he held on to me.”
Time unwound. Priced were unpaid.
The world changed.
“We’ll both be foolish,” I said, “and vicious and cruel. We will never be safe with each other.”
“Don’t try too hard to be cheerful.” His fingers threaded through mine.
“But we’ll pretend we know how to love.” I smiled at him. “And someday we’ll learn.”
“Where you go, I shall go; where you die, I shall die, and there will I be buried.”
“He is a monster, I said. Maybe I’m a monster to pity him”
“Though mountains melt and oceans burn,
The gifts of love shall still return.”
“Almost immediately, I found the red door into the library. I opened it idly- and the breath stopped in my throat. It was the same room I remembered: the shelves, the lion-footed table, the white bass-relief of Clio. But now, tendrils of dark green ivy grew between the shelves, reaching toward the books as if they were hungry to read. White mist flowed along the floor, rippling and tumbling as if blown by wind. Across the ceiling wove a network of icy ropes like tree roots. They dripped- not little droplets like the ice melting off a tree but grape-sized drops of water, like giant tears, that splashed on the table, plopped to the floor.”
You can find my review of here: Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge . I hope you were as enchanted by these words as I was!