Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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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.

Actual Review:

“Where you go, I shall go; where you die, I shall die, and there will I be buried.”
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The very fact that I actually revealed my closet otaku side by expressing my love for this book by using a CCS gif perfectly expresses how much I felt for this book.

Yes guys, I ADORED THIS ONE, and I honestly do not know if my review will be able to express how wonderful this book was. Well, here goes nothing.

As you guys may or may not have noticed, this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a bit of Greek mythology thrown in the mix. It’s an unusual combination, I know. I mean, it shouldn’t really work, but weirdly enough (and to my delight) it did.

And once again, the very aspect that made all of this work were the protagonists and supporting characters; complex, likeable, and cannot be classified as ultimately good or ultimately evil (as it should really be). Nyx has got to be one of my favorite heroines of all time. Strong-willed, damaged, imperfect, and likeable. And Ignifex? Oh my goodness, where should I start? Evil? Indeed he is. But, entirely? Well, read first and decide later on. Just be careful not to end up falling in love with him as well. I did, and I do not like to share. IGNIFEX IS MINE (and Nyx’s) ONLY. Just kidding.

The writing style was also something that appealed to my taste. It had that lyrical and magical aspect to it that reminded me of Keturah and Lord Death. It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

This was a dark, sensuous and spellbinding book. The second I glanced at the first pages, I just couldn’t look away anymore. I initially intended to simply read a small part of it since I had an exam to prepare for at that time but four hours later I looked up, and realized that I finished the book already. I’m a naturally fast reader  (finishing two books in one day if I had enough focus and if the books are magnificent) but 4 hours is still an unnervingly short period of time for me.

Some said that this was confusing, and others said that they couldn’t understand the ending, but I think that if you pay close enough attention, you can and you will appreciate it very very much.

Go ahead and read. You have my blessing. What are you still doing staring at this page? GO AND READ THIS NOW!

Verdict:

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