rambling of a girl who has nothing better to do

The Cruelty – S. Bergstrom


The Cruelty Book Cover The Cruelty

Young Adult, Thriller
NuCodex Publishing
February 26th 2014

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 survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting.

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 because she doesn’t swim the same way as the rest of the student body.

Everything sucks until she meets a boy who actually treats her like a human being. He is known as “Scholarship” but is probably richer than most of the kids in school. That’s what happens when you’re not a WASP, eh.

It would have been a love story if this was in the romance genre. But life happens when Gwendolyn finds herself with the dark suited people at her doors and being told her dad has gone missing. Oh and that he is actually part of the CIA.

Here’s where the book kicks off.

Gwendolyn being a bad-ass to rescue her dad because the CIA thinks he’s a fugitive and gives up on him.

Literally kicking ass and taking names. Gwendolyn, with the help of the boy she just met and the couple downstairs who were ex-spies, flies to Paris as it is the last known place her father was spotted.

I really hope this book is a standalone because it is perfect the way it is.

5/5. It was captivating and you can’t help but to cheer for Gwendolyn – even if all of this is highly unrealistic and improbable. Or maybe there are kids out there who do this but none of us will ever know.

Author: Ivy

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