Title: Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe)
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Published On: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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.
Rating: 4 Stars
Whoa!!! Great story and totally unique!!!
I borrowed my friend's book as soon as she purchased it, in fact I snatched it from her before she read it. I loved the story totally. Great descriptions and I was stunned to see the different descriptions of 'shadows' that the author included here. Every scene had it's unique description of darkness and I'm feeling a little shy to confess that I'm so afraid of dark and after reading it I started imagining eyes in shadows, creepy right?
The characters were so good and fascinating. I couldn't believe that Ignifex and Shade were the same person and when the actual reason behind it was stated then the picture became clearer and the pieces started to click together to solve the puzzle.
Nyx and Ignifex were a great couple and I liked their chemistry a lot and I totally understood her pull towards the bad boy, it's obvious!!!
Nyx's father was a total jerk and I had mixed feelings about Nyx's sister and aunt, sometimes they felt to be caring but sometimes they were totally indifferent about Nyx's life, that was frustrating !!!
I had have a small complaint that is the language sometimes felt a little confusing and I had to read at least two times before properly grasping the scene and visualizing it. The ending part where Nyx forgets everything at first and later she remembers and bargains with the Kindly Ones for her love, well that part felt totally confusing, I just hope it would have been much clearer so the experience would have been otherworldly instead of just good.
What about you guys? Did you face this problem too or was it a total otherworldly experience for you?