Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
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
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.
is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles
her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
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.
It all began with the cover. Roses, gowns, a running woman and I fell for it. When I saw that there was also the retelling of my all time classic "Beauty and Beast" I adored it.
I waited a year to find a copy available for borrowing and I was surprised to see so strange characters.
On "Cruel Beauty" the world-building is set on a fictional time, where folklore and roman history, greek mythology and magic come together forming an interesting mix. Nyx, daughter of the lord who is trying to destroy the Gentle Lord, the demon who has trapped their world, is send off to marry the demon in order for her father to pay for the bargain.
From the moment she arrives at the house, everything becomes...strange. It really took me time to UNDERSTAND the way the plot was revealed. Nyx is indeed a crule person who later becomes torn between her duty and her feelings. The Gentle Lord was truly a hald crazy, half cocky man who didn't even know the house (go figure) until the second half of the book, where we finally managed to see through the sceme of things.
It was really original the book, I admit that, but mostly it felt way too complicated. I still don't know if the bad guys were destroyed or if they will make any other appearances on the next novel. As a standalone it was really great but I would prefer if the plot wasn't too cramped at least.
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