Published by Harper Collins on January 28th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, FairyTale-Retellings, Romance
Source: Kindle (Amazon)
The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
For fans of bestselling An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.
Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart.
Before I read Cruel Beauty, a long time ago, I have actually read Crimson Bound and I was pretty much impressed by the world-building and also the way the story was told, in which each and everything felt intricate. So, I was kinda looking forward to that aspect in Cruel Beauty, and I was not disappointed. Written in first-person view, this book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, WHICH IS ACTUALLY MY FAVORITE FAIRY TALE. Excited was probably an understatement, while I was reading this book.
I definitely love the romance in this book, which started out complicated as there were two different “guys” (technically, both aren’t human.) This is probably the part where everyone would go Oh no, love triangle alert! but for some reason, this book made the love triangle FIT into the story line. I mean, there were times Nyx, the main character, did fell for both guys, which could get annoying, but most of the time, you could see her feeling guilty for her actions. So, justified? Maybe.
Nyx was a unique main character, to me. Most authors would portray their MC as the perfect one, but not Rosamund Hodge. Her character was the one with malice in her heart. That’s right. Nyx was definitely not perfect. There were times when I actually thought she had descended into the darkness. I love that she had this evil side to her, which of course, matched the Gentle Lord’s evil side, HEHE. I mean, I was rooting for Ignifex practically throughout the whole book.
I got a little bit confused in the middle of this book, because everything started happening at a really fast pace, and I felt like I was being swept up by the whirlwind. Then when everything had settled down, it all seemed DAAAAMN different. I had to reread parts of it to understand WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED. But the ending kinda made up for it, in my opinion. It was seriously beautiful, and unexpected. And certain characters changed for the worst, which got me a taaaad shocked HAHA.
Cruel Beauty is unique, though. Because it’s not like Beauty and the Beast, in which the Beast had a good reason for being, well, evil. Ignifex didn’t. I kept expecting for someone, something to justify his evil deeds, but in the end, I did fell for that purely evil beast. So, if you’re looking for some Beast with a pure, good heart being wrongly cursed? This book isn’t for you. BUT if you love being dark and twisty all over, READ THIS.