Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
Title: Cruel BeautyAuthor: Rosamund HodgePublisher: Balzer & BraySource: EdelweissFormat: e-bookSeries: No
Cruel Beauty is a fantasy re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and it’s actually done quite well.
The story can be a little confusing at times, but overall it is an enjoyable read. At first, I will admit, I wasn’t a fan of all the characters.
I loved Nyx, the protagonist in this book. She was so brave and daring in the face of what she felt she had to do. She was determined to do what she had been told to do all her life, kill Ignifex. Obviously I disliked Nyx’s father and aunt, as I was meant to, but I also didn’t like the character of Shade. I found him to be annoying in the utmost. This is probably due to the fact that I loved Ignifex. He was so charming and I always seem to fall for the bad guy in books.
As I said before, the story can be quite confusing at times, but this somehow added to the story. Nyx didn’t always know what was happening and so neither did the reader. The most confusing to me, was probably the house itself, which could, it seemed, lead anywhere. At the same time this added to the charm of the story. To fully understand this story I’m definitely going to have to re-read it at some point!
The story itself was very enjoyable and left me feeling satisfied. I loved the ending especially! Again, it was confusing at first, but once all the pieces came together I found myself thinking it was the perfect ending!
The romance in the book was definitely a slow build, no insta-love in sight. I was rooting for Ignifex the whole time and just wanted Shade to disappear!
For me Cruel Beauty is a must read. It was a slow paced book but I finished it in a day. I couldn’t put it down! I definitely recommend for anyone who loves re-tellings or even fans of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. This is a great, quick fantasy read!
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