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.
Can I list all the ways that I loved this book? I don't think I can, but I'll try, but I know I'll run out of words, but I know I will try, because I am now! It had so many good things, and yeah, it was just so freaking good! It's definitely going on my favourite book list!
I loved the characters. Nyx, Ignifex, Ignifex's shadow. They were good or bad, or mixed, or a blend, with a myriad of motives, Nyx wanting to free her country from Ignifex, Ignifex was a mystery, though he's had a few wives, they've died, and then his shadow, well, he seems to want the same thing as Nyx, but does he? There were so many mysteries!!!
I loved the writing! So beautiful, descriptive when needed, and complex, and wonderful, with such wonderful conflicts that just had to be read, a world that we need to be in more, to learn more about, the above amazing characters, and so much more!!
I loved the middle, end, and beginning. The middle, because things happen in it, she develops feelings for both Max and Ignifex, and discovers the elements, and I loved the end, because it was happy, different, and brought everything together so well, and the beginning, because it was introduction, so well, and creepy, and captivating!
Yeah, I really loved this book, and I hope there's going to be another book besides Gilded Ashes!!!
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Series: Cruel Beauty Universe #1
Read: January 29th, 2014
Reason Why: Wanted to read it! And it's a DAC Book, 2014 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, and a Historical Fiction 2014 Book!
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: January 28th 2014