{Effie Reviews} Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Posted September 30, 2014 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty

by Rosamund Hodge
Series: Cruel Beauty Universe #1
Published on January 28th, 2014
by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

1 Stars


Oh brother …

How am I going to start this review without sounding too disappointed? Hmm, don’t think I can manage that to be honest. Cruel Beauty was nothing, nothing like I expected it to be.

The story just starts of with Nyx getting ready to be married of to the Gentle Lord. Who is supposed to represent as the Beast for this Beauty and the Beast retelling, but it just all went SPLAT, not even 50 pages into the book.

There’s also a lot, and I mean A LOT of Greek Mythology references, but to be honest I never really saw how it all truly connected with the story, it’s as if it was thrown in to fill in the gaps in the story. It just didn’t work for me at all, and I LOVE Greek Mythology, but in this books it just didn’t work at all.

And the romance was not a romance at all! It just one big, giant mess of a semi Love-Triangle between Nyx, Ignifix and Shade and really both Ignifix and Shade are actually just two parts of the same person, so it doesn’t really count as a love-triangle in the end, but still. Plus the “love” between Nyx and Shade was definitely insta-love and I am not a fan of insta-love, unless it is really well written, which I hate to admit, this book wasn’t. And the romance is supposed to be the most important part of the book, instead it just dragged on without getting anywhere. And really, I couldn’t root for Ignifix and Nyx at all, because there’s nothing to connect with. And to be honest neither Ignifix nor Shade appealed to him and once I realized I didn’t love either of them, Cruel Beauty just killed my interest in it.

To conclude this review/rant. I didn’t like it, not one bit and I’m disappointed that I didn’t like it, because the book held so much promise But Cruel Beauty just couldn’t deliver.


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