The Cruelty (The Cruelty #1) by S. Bergstrom ~ Review

The Cruelty (The Cruelty #1) by 
Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 
by Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars


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. 


Thank you Fierce Reads for providing me an arc of The Cruelty for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

The Cruelty is such a fitting name. This book packs a punch. Very intense and graphic at times. I would not recommend this for younger readers. I however flew through the pages. This book was an emotional and vivid masterpiece. If you love the movie the Taken then you will want to grab The Cruelty. Roles reversed as it is Gwen's father who is taken and he is the only family she has ever known after her mother was murdered when she was still a child. Now Gwen will do whatever it takes to find and bring him home. Now I do mean whatever it takes.

You will be glued to Gwen's journey and be rooting for her to succeed with every turn of the page. That being said I know any parent would go to extreme lengths to save their child but I do not know many teens who would go to the lengths Gwen does to save her father. How believable this was did at times stump me. Gwen was not even a trained assassin or spy but decides she is going to be better then the government. I am interested to see where Bergstrom will be taking the next book.

This book is a must read for action fans who like a fast paced read full of non-stop fighting. This book is great for all genders and I think for older teens.

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About the Author

Scott Bergstrom is a traveler, photographer, and writer who lives in Colorado with his wife and daughters. The Cruelty is his fiction debut.


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