Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge


Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

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


Page Length:352
Publication Year: January 2014
Genre: Fantasy/Retelling/Romance
Characters: Nyx, Ignifex

This is my first DNF of this year. I really hate not finishing a book but after 6 chapters I just couldn’t read anymore.

That’s not to say that this isn’t a good book, it has 3 1/2 star rating on GoodReads so I think it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

I had difficulty connecting to the main character. I also couldn’t get on with the writing style. I felt the story was very slow going.

I don’t really have much more to say. I’m not going to give it a rating because I think it would be an unfair one considering I didn’t finish it.

I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has read it and enjoyed, though, so feel free to leave a comment about what you liked about it. ☺

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