The Cruelty (The Cruelty #1)
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There are no real plot spoilers below, though I do point at some specifics in this review.
It smacks of "first novel", overwritten in some parts (slow in the beginning around things and people that don't end up meaning much in my view, and weirdly descriptive about New York in negative ways that are curious) and jumping from one setting to another in a confusing way--how does the main ...more
I'm pretty sure there are plenty morally complicated YA books for me to read, so I won't need this one. So thanks, but no thanks, sir. I suggest you actually try reading a few YA books before you make a statement such as this. I'd be happy to give you a list of morally complicated YA books.
The hardest part about not believing in God isn’t knowing there’s no heaven.
It’s knowing there’s no hell.
The thing with human trafficking is, it has been glamorized beyond recognition in contemporary romance it has started to sound like an appealing way to meet your one true pair. Such a horrible reality has been fluffed out by exceptionally attractive, kinky and ruthless alpha heroes with a heart of gold in fiction that it has started to become a selling point in books.
This is not that ...more
I was really excited to read this book. I thought the premise sounded interesting and author drama aside, I went into the book with an open mind. Sadly, this wasn't for me.
I couldn't connect with Gwendolyn. She's obviously way smarter than I am, but I am 100% on board with that. Annnnnd at the same time, I think that's where I started to lose interest. The story doesn't read like YA.
I constantly put it down and would take days between picking it back up. At one point, I went to l ...more
Also, getting cat-called and harassed in the street is romantic, it seems.
Can you tell this was written by a man? Of course you can.
I have to say... Finding out that an author who wrote a YA book totally puts down YA books in general did not ...more
This book has already had a lot of buzz, mainly because of the author’s condescending and inflammatory comments about YA in general. I have a LOT of thoughts on his comments and general attitude, but I tried – I really, really tried – to not let my view of the author color the book. I agreed to the review before knowing anything about all the drama, so I felt like that was only fair. Usually when I try a new author, debut or not, I d ...more
There are two types of 3 star ratings for me. One is "this was nearly brilliant, but had a few elements that dragged it down". The other is "this is ho-hum, might work for someone else, didn't really appeal to me." The Cruelty is definitely the second type.
It's…fine. There's no real mystery, so don't let the Dragon Tattoo comp fool you; this is Taken essentially, complete with ridiculous action sequences, villainous sex traffickers, and a Mary-Sue protagonist. Gwendolyn speaks five lang ...more
Gwendolyn Bloom is a well-cultured feisty teenager who is just trying to make it in a preppy and snobby school in NYC when her father who is a U.S Diplomat gets kidnapped.
The writing immediately pulled me into the book. I wanted to be best friends with Gwendolyn and was cheering for all of her sass. The Cruelty was chock full of intrigue right from the beginning. Everything was happening so fast and you were as lost as Gwendolyn wit ...more
I would rather read a book by an egotistical author than a homophobic or racist one, thanks.
The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom is a wonderful example of young-adult literature taking a more mature stance on real-world issues such as drug, human, and weapons trafficking, large organized crime operations, and most important of all, satisfactory revenge. Gwendolyn Bloom is a seventeen-ye ...more
When her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government is unable to help, 17 year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him. Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking. As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to su ...more
Sometimes you read the synopsis of a book and you know you want to read it. I found The Cruelty on NetGalley and requested it right away. A plot like this reminds me of the Fearless series back in my teens.
Gwendolyn is your social outcast going to a snobby rich kid private school in New York City. She manages to get in because her father is a politic diplomat. Also that's why she is an outcast since she doesn't come from money. And the fact that she's odd beca ...more
Gwen and her father are currently stateside. Gwen's going to an elite private school while her father works for the diplomatic core. Gwen hates her school mates and moving around so much. But she loves her father and he's all she's got. When her father disappears, Gwen's world is altered. She finds some cryptic clues that lead her to believe her father wasn't just a diplomat. Then people at her fathe ...more
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