Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty #1)

Cruel Beauty

Author: Rosamund Hodge
Published: January 28, 2014
Pages: 352

Stars: 2 out of 5


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.


I’m not sure how to rate this book. When I started reading it, I was disappointed and upset wih myself for buying the book. This book is based off various mythological legends. The beginning of the book is saturated with them and I found it difficult to read. I don’t remember how many times I put down the book, not wanting to pick it up again. I’m surprised I actually finished reading it. The book finally became interesting half way to a third of the way threw the book. But unless you are a mythology buff/extremist/obsessed, then I’m not sure you will enjoy the book to the extent the author wanted.

The plot held enormous potential but was disappointed with the actual outcome of the story. The main character is strong, cruel, and is always fighting what she feels she should be like/do with how she actually is. I guess I wasn’t able to relate, connect, or really get lost in the story.

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