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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 rulGraceling 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....

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Cruel Beauty Reviews

  • Emily May
    2019-01-20 22:53

    Well, I thought this was wonderful.What is Cruel Beauty?• It's a gorgeously written blend of Beauty and the Beast retelling and Greek mythology.• It's at once a powerful, wonderful, heart-breaking love story and so so much more than that.• It's a dark tale that stabs you in the heart at every turn and constantly throws all new levels of craziness into the mix.• And it's the latest addition to my favourite YA of all time shelf.Cruel Beauty shouldn't work. But somehow it does. It managed to have me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It shocked me. It creeped me out. I laughed. I cried. I'm still not sure I understand the ending but I am sure that it doesn't really matter. In short, I loved it. It was one of those rare books that literally glued my eyes to the page, had me devouring each sentence in a mad need to find out what the hell was going on and what would happen. It was a bizarrely beautiful little addiction and I only hope this signifies the start of a great year for young adult (after the last was so disappointing).So... Nyx. The best books are held aloft by a great protagonist and Cruel Beauty is no exception. Nyx is exactly the kind of character I love. She's strong-willed, witty and brave. She's also angry, bitter and ferocious. She's lived her whole life being prepared as a weapon; and as a sacrifice. Her father made a deal with the Gentle Lord - the evil ruler of their kingdom - before Nyx and her twin sister were born. Their mother had been unable to conceive a child, so their father foolishly asked that the Lord grant them children and promised one of his daughters to the Lord in exchange. But he also lost his wife to childbirth in the bargain. The Gentle Lord's habit of cashing in double on his deals is well-known. Nyx, as the child her father loved less, has long-known her destiny to be the wife of the Gentle Lord. When the times comes, she goes with determination, fear and anger. She does not play by the Lord's rules. She is defiant. She tests his patience. I liked her instantly.Then there is Ignifex, of course. The Lord that has terrorized their kingdom for centuries. The one who carries the blood of countless innocents on his hands. But, unsurprisingly, things are never quite that simple. What I liked best about Ignifex was his wicked sense of humour. There's nothing quite like a villain who is constantly witty and hilarious. The complex layers of each character in this book just blew my mind, no one is ever simple or cliche. The heroine does plenty of bad things and the evil villain... well, be careful you don't fall in love.Cruel Beauty was just so unexpected. I thought I knew exactly what it was as soon as I glimpsed the cover, title and GR description. I thought I understood perfectly and I thought I'd probably read countless versions of the same book. How wrong I was. This is honestly quite unlike anything I've ever read before. I liked how everything about the book, the setting, the story and the characters was a bit like one of those Russian dolls. Something else within something else within something else. Then there's that whole haunting bittersweet tone that permeates this entire novel. I swear Ms Hodge has perfected the art of raising goosebumps with a perfectly-spun twist on an old Greek myth. And it just got better and better. I think this review is more of an incoherent mess of feelings, so I'll stop now before the drooling starts. What I want to know is this: when is the author releasing another book?Blog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  • Navessa
    2019-02-03 21:51

    Goddamn it. I wanted to like this one. Hell, I expected to like this one. Sadly, I did not like this one. I almost don’t even have the energy to review it because I’m just so fucking disappointed that I want to forget about it and pretend it never happened. So here you go. One lazy ass review:Nyx is a sacrifice. Her asshole of a father made a deal with a demon to beget children on her mother. Like every other deal EVER made with a bad guy, it blows up in his face. His wife suffers the consequences. His eldest daughter suffers the consequences. He goes on his happy asshole way (view spoiler)[ and starts boinking his dead wife’s sister (hide spoiler)]. Nyx is forced to marry the bad guy while her younger sister gets to bask in the love and affection of their parental units. It’s okay, Nyx doesn’t need their love. Her righteous fury sustains her. She’s going to end her husband and his cruel reign over her kingdom! But then she meets him. And then she meets the enslaved shadow of said bad guy. Enter double insta-love and a love triangle. Enter one fickle fucking MC. She loves one. No wait, she doesn’t. She loves the other. Oops, I mean the first guy is really bad so she doesn’t love him. Er, I mean the SECOND one is bad so she doesn’t love him. She loves them both. *kissy faces* One betrays her. She DEFINITELY loves the other. Enter selfish bliss. She hates her family. She loves her family. But she really hates her family. I mean she WANTS to love them. But doesn’t. Or does she? She’s going to betray them all. But then she visits her asshole little sister. No, no, she’s going to betray her twu wuv now. She definitely loves him though. Or was it the other? MAKE UP YOUR MOTHER FUCKING MIND.Oh and some other stuff happened too. Sort of. I'm not going to get into it because I could basically complain about EVERYTHING. The drama, it killed me. The ending, is a HEA. The fucks, I did not give a single one.This review can also be found at The Alliterates.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Michelle
    2019-01-30 21:09

    I love twisted fairy tale retellings, and “Cruel Beauty” definitely hits the mark for me. This is more than a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” though. It is a story on its own, with hints of a familiar tale yet completely new. Nyx has been trained from an early age to marry Ignifex, aka the Gentle Lord, then kill him and free her kingdom. He is beautiful, wicked, seductive, and with a really ugly side. When her wedding day comes and she is suddenly married and trapped in his beguiling house -- she discovers that nothing, including her husband, is what she expected.The setting is fascinating. Based on Greek mythology, this world is in many ways a creation all its own. Almost every fantasy element has some place in mythology, so they might not all make sense to those going in with no knowledge of them. But those who do may enjoy catching the references. I know I missed some but I enjoyed the ones I caught because it gave the story added layers. The island of Arcadia resides within what, from the inside, looks like a parchment paper dome, protected from the outside world but also separate from it. No one knows exactly what happened 900 years ago when the Sundering began, but Nyx's father believes that she can break it when she destroys the Gentle Lord. Of course as is the case in all stories, nothing is as simple as it seems, and that's when the wonder of this book unfolds. I find the main characters interesting, and I liked that their interactions were fiery and vivid. I love how Rosamund Hodge played with the original tale, especially in the complexity of the main characters. There is much less of a focus on Ignifex's physical appearance, and more on the evil and darkness that surrounds his character. Whether or not the perceptions about him are true, no one would presume to call him a good guy. Nyx is also not an innocent beauty. She is driven, starved of love, and recognizes the darkness that lives in her own heart. I think some people may find the main characters too dark and self-centered to enjoy their story, and at times it was edging on a little too much for me. There is some terrible violence and pain in the story, and the characters didn’t always respond the way I wanted them to (though I usually understood why they did). Anyway, I didn’t mind this too much because they interested me, and I did come to like them.Both Nyx and Ignifex have been forced to live lives not of their own choosing and both have become bitter and resentful. Though they are enemies and their role is to destroy one another, their flawed, lonely lives are fulfilled by one another. They are not the lovely, perfect, and incredibly-kind-despite-it-all couple but they matched each other in anger and passion. The romance develops slowly and is lovely to watch, and it would have been perfect if not for the forced love triangle.(view spoiler)[ I have a gripe with the character of Shade, the only other being that Nyx encounters in Ignifex's house. I recognized Shade's importance but I didn't like the way he was portrayed or how his relationship with Nyx progressed. I didn't like her near instant trust of Shade, and her interactions with him shifted focus away from what was far more interesting to me: the mythology, her task and Ignifex. I was suspicious of Shade from the beginning, which made Nyx's immediate assumptions and trust in him tough for me to understand. (hide spoiler)] The good news is that in the second half of the book, the love triangle becomes a non-issue. The book was moving. It is beautifully written, and it was so easy to get lost in. Even the use of my all time least favorite plot device in the last part turned into a favorable climactic ending. Without spoilers, it's hard to be specific, but when that portion of the story started I almost stopped reading because of how much I hate stories that end the way it was seeming to go. Yet I was so enthralled that I had to finish, crossing my fingers (without much hope) that I wasn't going to be let down in the last pages of an incredible story. And to my surprise, it was fabulous! Despite some flaws, I definitely enjoyed “Cruel Beauty”. I think this is a great gothic fantasy! The characters have dark personalities that you have to accept. It was refreshing to see true humanity, and in ways inhumanity, in the protagonists. In the end I was sad it was over yet there was nothing left to ask for. It is so incredibly and beautifully written, that it left me feeling wholly satisfied.

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-02-11 17:06

    I don’t know if Cruel Beauty truly deserved five stars on merit but goddamnit I’m awarding it all the points for enjoyability. All of them. I loved the hell out of this story. The passion. The intrigue. Ignifex. Nyx’s rage. Ignifex. All the kissing. Nyx.This book kind of had it all for me. Plot, mystery, intrigue and a whole lot of making out. It’s almost like Hodge was trying to distract me from the crazy plotholes and loose story structure. It was fantastic! I haven’t been this entertained by a book in ages. I immediately went out and bought a copy (I got mine from the library).So if you’re into mythology and kissing and just looking for something eminently, page-turningly good, then this is your book.This is only a mini review as I wrote a guide to Beauty and the Beast retellings here.

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2019-02-04 18:53

    If one of us had to die, it ought to be the one with poison in her heart.Actual rating: 3.5Maybe it's just me, but I've rarely encountered a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I haven't loved. Ok, except Beastly. That abomination was just horrible all the way around. And let's not even mention the movie. Some people just have the kind of face that just begs for an encounter with my fist, and pretty boy Pettyfer is one of them. But I digress.This was a very enjoyable read, though not without its faults. It is supposed to be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but I felt like it had hints of the fairy tales Rumpelstiltskin and Bluekbeard as well. I can go on for days about the plot, setting, grammatical structure blah blah blah, but let's be honest, what makes or breaks a book is its narrator. If you don't like the narrator, screw the rest of the book; I really liked this book's main character, Nyx.I like my heroines flawed, strong, and strong-willed. I like it when they're angry. I like it when they're defiant. I like it when they lose control. I like it when they snap like a rubber band strung past its tautness. I like it when they see their own weakness. I love it when they fall apart. I love it when they hurt someone they love, while hating themselves for it because they are past their breaking point. Nyx is strong, but not to the point where her overwhelming bitchiness eclipse the book; she never, ever, ever comes off as bitchy.I do have a few problems with Nyx, and my problem with her ties into the plot as well, my main complaint about this book is that it is just overwhelmingly romantic at times. "But Khanh!" you protest, "It's a romance novel, I mean, it's based off a fairy tale, what did you fucking expect?" Well, yes, my friends, it is a fairy-tale, but the premise promised me more than that. It promised me intrigue, it promised me a kick-ass heroine, one who is the savior of her people, one who will sacrifice herself and become a killer of an evil immortal. I didn't exactly get that.I wanted bad-assery. I wanted more plotting. I wanted an assassin. Instead, I got not a lot of plotting, I got a lot of illicit kissing, I got a lot of falling in love. As beautiful as this book was, it felt to me that the MAIN plot of mayhem and murder got tossed aside for a love triangle. It wasn't exactly Throne of Glass bad, but it bothered me a lot the way Nyx skirted her mission for romance and dreams. In terms of plotting, the second half of the book was a big mess of confusion for me.The Summary: Some people are born to a grand destiny, others have it forced upon them. Nyx was born to be a sacrifice. Demons have control of the country of Arcadia. There is no sun, there is only a parchment paper sky, painted with an artifice of the sun. Her country lives in fear. To gaze upon the demons is to lose your mind as the shadows prey upon your soul. For 900 years, this has been Arcadia's curse.Nyx was intended by her father to be the savior of her people. It means she will most definitely die. Her father made a deal with the king of the demons, the Gentle Lord; in exchange, Nyx will be given in marriage to the Gentle Lord when she turns 17. In return, her beloved twin sister, Astraia, will be able to live a normal, happy life. Nyx truly loves her twin sister, the innocent, sweet Astraia, but it is so hard not to feel resentment at one who has been the recipient of all their father's love, while knowing that her happiness will come at the cost of your own, but she is determined to fulfil her mission:I had broken my sister’s heart. I would never see her again, so I could never beg her forgiveness. I had let hatred fester in me so long, I didn’t think I could ever learn to love her properly, either. But I could make sure she lived free of the Gentle Lord, no longer afraid of his demons, with the true sun shining down upon her.Nyx has been groomed half her life to be the Gentle Lord's bride, but her father and his secret society has other plans for her: she will marry him, she will seduce him, she will kill him. Nyx will save Arcadia from the demons.The Gentle Lord is not what she expected. He tells her to call her Ignifex, but that's not his true name. Instead of ravishing her, he leaves her in a tenuous peace. He has but two rules for her (which are so reminiscent to me of Rumpelstiltskin and Blackbeard): "One. Every night I will offer you the chance to guess my name. If you guess right, you have your freedom. If you guess wrong, you die.”"Rule two. Most of the doors in this house are locked. This key will open all the rooms you are permitted to enter. Do not try to enter the other rooms or you will regret it dearly...though not for very long.”Instead of someone unimaginably cruel, the stuff of nightmares, she finds him full of laughter, full of mockery, full of games. He likes her spirit, he likes her defiance.I do like a wife with a little malice in her heart.But Ignifex is also capable of unimaginable cruelty; he makes her shudder with fear. Unexpectedly, she finds an ally in his magical castle, one named Shade. One who is close to the Gentle Lord, but who can never betray him.Who can Nyx trust?The Setting: Interesting...but it didn't quite work for me. The setting is not the star here, and it's a rather vague alternative universe that is rather jarring at times. It is based off of an ancient Greco-Roman world, as far as I can tell, gods and goddesses in the Greek Pantheon such as Aphrodite and Hermes and Zeus are mentioned, and it seems as if they are part of the traditional belief system. There is a vague system of magic, alchemy of sort, called the Hermetic sciences. There is not much detail given about this world, short of the fact that it exists under a dome of parchment sky due to a demonic curse, and honestly...I just didn't get it. I never felt immersed in the actual setting. The names and places are strange, you have all these Grecian-based names like Damascus and Adamastos and all of a sudden...Lily Martin? What the fuck?The castle itself and the setting are a lot more well done. This book truly runs very parallel to Beauty and the Beast in that regards. We have a magical shifting castle, we have wondrous ballrooms filled with sparkling water. We have ivy-covered libraries. We have a wondrous library, we have a magical wardrobe (I NEED ONE FOR CHRISTMAS), we have invisible hands conjuring up feasts and utensils (except without the singing and dancing, the best part!), we have a forbidden object.But of course, all is not wondrous, and some corners of the castle is filled with horror.My fingers found cloth, then something soft and cold.I shuddered, but my mind refused to recognize it until I groped farther and my fingers slid past teeth into a cold, wet mouth.With a scream, I bolted back against the door. I rubbed my hand viciously against my skirt, but the fabric could not wipe away the memory of touching the dead girl’s tongue.The dead wife’s tongue. Because now my eyes were growing truly accustomed to the light, and I could see all eight of them, laid out on their stone blocks as if stored for future use.Dead wives. Shadowy horrors that drives a person into madness. The castle is equally splendid and sinister.The Characterization: I really liked Nyx. She was frustrating to me at times, but overall, I felt she was a really good, flawed character. Nyx is so, so very angry at the beginning of the novel, and I seethed with anger along with her. She has been dealt a crappy blow by the fates, and who can blame her for her bitterness? Nyx has been doomed since she was born, thanks to her parents' selfishness.I hate you [Mother], I prayed silently. Father only bargained for your sake. If you had not been so weak, so desperate, I would not be doomed. I hate you, Mother, forever and ever.I love a good depiction of sisterly relationships, and Nyx's relationship with her twin sister, Astraia, was so well done. There is absolutely no doubt that Nyx adores her sister while simultaneously hating her as well. Astraia has been adored by everyone since she was born, while her twin sister, Nyx, has been groomed to die. Nyx has lived her life in resentment, and who can blame her for that? Even so, she never, ever shows her bright, innocent sister any hate until she is overwhelmed by her emotions on the day of her wedding...which might as well have been a funeral.I had thought the words so often, they felt like nothing in my mouth, like no more than a breath of air, and as easily as breathing I went on:“The truth is, Mother died because of you, and now I have to die for your sake too. And neither one of us will ever forgive you.”Then I shoved her aside and strode out of the room.Nyx speaks her mind, regrets it immediately, and spends the rest of the book tortured by those final words to her beloved sister.Nyx has spunk, she has fire. Instead of cowering to Ignifex, she turns against him, surprising him and herself...and earns his respect in the process. She hates Ignifex, but Nyx is not a person of absolute cruelty. Despite herself, she is a gentle person, she wants to be more than that girl with hatred in her heart. Despite knowing Ignifex is evil, she finds that she is unable to ignore someone when they are in pain. She is better than that. She wants to be better than that.But I was a girl who had broken her sister’s heart and—for a moment—liked it. I had left somebody in torment and liked it.I didn’t want to keep being that person.The Romance: It was well done, but there were entirely way too fucking much of it. As I said above, there were too much romance at the expense of the actual plot. Once Nyx got into the castle, I expected her to plot, to finalize her plan to kill Ignifex. She didn't. She spends her time moping. She spends her time making googly eyes at Shade, then after resisting Ignifex (who is technically her husband), slowly lowers her resistance...then kisses Shade. Then kisses Shade some more. COME ON, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE PLOTTING TO KILL THE EVIL GUY. What pisses me off is that Nyx and her father has a plan to kill Ignifex using Hermetic sciences and she did not follow through except in the most halfhearted way. Instead, this is what we get: It was nothing like kissing Shade. That had been like a dream that slowly enfolded me; this was like a battle or a dance. [Ignifex] took possession of my mouth and I took possession of his, and we held each other in a perilous, perfect balance like the circulation of the planets.Less romance, more plot, please.Thanks to the wonderful Faye for lending me this book.I received this book as an Advance Review Copy; all quotes are taken from an uncorrected galley and is subject to change in the final edition.

  • karen
    2019-01-24 16:04

    For one moment, I felt like a river running down to his ocean.i feel like i need to drop a few lines here about what, precisely, i felt was lacking in this story. i so rarely throw down a fewer-than-three-stars rating on here, i figure an explanation may be helpful. i'm not going to go into too much plot-detail, since there are a bazillion reviews of this book already on here - i just want to have a record of my own reaction, for the day when some stranger asks me WHYYYYYYYYYYYY i didn't like this. there are a few reasons.1) i am confusedon paper, the concept of fusing multiple fairytales with classical mythology is exciting and should make for a pleasantly dense story that is at once comfortably familiar but also studded with surprising AHA moments as the overlaps and contrasts begin to manifest. however - there wasn't a true marriage between the elements here. their presence was more decorative than functional, and while it occasionally meshed well, overall it was just too cluttered. it's like when you have a really delicious cupcake and it's already got a tasty frosting on top but then someone thinks "add gummy worms!" and it throws off the texture and the taste and you have to chew SO MUCH you forget about how tasty the cupcake was because you're so focused on not choking to death. 2) nyx, the heroine of this book and NOT the greek goddess of night (whose name is a bit problematic in a book that incorporates so many other aspects of greek mythology and in which darkness/shadows but not specifically nighttime are a preoccupation) anyway, her. she's meant to be the sacrifice and savior of her people, trained since she was a little girl in both fighting and magical arts and yet she is not at all a badass heroine. once she gets to the castle, she's completely directionless, which makes the book directionless. she's inconsistent, unstable, easily distracted, prone to violent and short-lived outbursts that simmer down into grumbling recriminations directed at multiple targets. it's emotional whiplash - with her sister, she is loving and resentful, protective and hurtful, with ignifex, she goes from attraction to attempted homicide and back again in the blink of an eye. the inconsistency makes it confusing and difficult to root for her to succeed, because it's hard to know what "success" would even look like, with all the cross-purposes and competing goals and obstacles.3) bizarre love trianglethis book is best categorized as a fantasy romance, but i was completely unmoved by the romance itself. which - yes, is a familiar feeling for me, since i'm not a fan of romances, so i'm an easy target for your accusations of not being the right audience. howevs, even when i read a romance that doesn't make me swoon or whatever, i can usually understand why it would work for other readers - i can see that the bones (heh) of the relationship are solid and why the two would fall for each other and why readers would cheer. but this one - this is such a perfunctory romance that exists only because we are told it exists. technically it's a love triangle, and it's at least an interesting version of a love triangle, but it's also the worst kind of instalove because it's unfounded, unearned, and circumstantially selfish. those are the big three complaints, and all i can muster as a "review" right now. i still really want to read the second book in this standalone series. i think there's a great story underneath all this clutter and i am really rooting for it to manifest in the second installment. at the very least, i am excited because it's a love story between a monsterfighting girl and a boy with no hands. which is pretty hot. ************************************************************my guess is that some joker broke into my digital copy of this and gleefully altered its contents; transforming it from the amazing, life-changing book everyone is raving about into some half-baked romance featuring a sloppy and confusing mythos-mashup and completely lacking in either emotional tension or a cohesive narrative.this is either some sort of magic eye puzzle i'm just not equipped to "see" or i have forgotten how to read books.maybe i'll review this further tomorrow, or maybe i'll take a nap.

  • Mohammed Arabey
    2019-02-11 17:44

    One of the Best, Angriest, Cruelest, Beautiful Retellings..Not just a different retelling of a 'story as old of time',But it also mixed with as many of ancient Greek Myths.And by the end you'll feel that it's came so, Original.الجميلة والوحش هي قصة قديمة كالزمن، لكن في أعادة الحكي القاسية، الغاضبة، الجميلة تلك الأمر مختلفافهي لم تكتفي بأعادة حكيها وإنما أيضا مزجتها بأساطير أغريقية عتيقة...وببناء عالم مختلف وسماء من ورقوبمشاعر 'بشرية' أكثر واقعية، بقسوةقصة تلاعبت بالزمن لتنتج بعض الجمالEven if you hated it, got angry by the middle of it.. you'll appreciate the ending..that will make amends..makes you see the whole picture better...with the tricks of time.***** الجـمال القـاسي *****-------------------كان ياما كان في مملكة بعيدة نساها الزمان ، لها سماء شبيهة بالورق معزولة عن العالم بسبب لعنةيحكمها "اللورد اللطيف"، هو سبب اللعنة..اللعنة التي استمرت لتسع قرون حتي الانلكن لا تدع إسمه يخدعك، ولا تدع وسامته تبهرك ولا حلو كلامه يجذبكهو ليس وحشا...هو يبعد ملائكة الجحيم عن المملكة -لكنهم مازالوا يصيبوا أهلها باللعنات- ، هو يحقق لمن يطلب الامنياتلكن ان طلبت منه فاعلم ان الأمنيات لها ثمنا باهظا...أعلم أن الأمنيات لن تتحقق بالضبط كما تتمني، وإنما كما طلبتلن تعرف الفرق الا متأخراإذا كان هذا هذا وصف المفترض أنه "الوحش" في قصتنا، ماذا عن "الجميلة" إذن؟الجميلة هي الاخت التؤام المقدر لها أن تتزوج "اللورد اللطيف" بناء علي اتفاق والدها معه كي ينجب من الاساسوالدتها ماتت اثناء الولادة، ابيها يخون ذكري أمها مع أختها...ويفضل الأخت التؤام الاكثر جمالا ورقة ومثالية عن "جميلة"، القاسية، الغاضبة دائماجميلة، المقدر لها الزواج من الوحشلكن ابيها لديه خطة، خطة خيميائية عجيبة يجب أن تنجح فيها "جميلة" لتحرير مملكتهم من تلك اللعنة أن تهدم قلعة "الوحش" من الداخلنعم من المرجح ألا تنجو الجميلة اذا ما نجحت الخطة بالطبع، وبالتأكيد ايضا لن تنجو ان فشلت الخطةلذا يمكنك ان تدرك لما تشعر الجميلة في قصتنا تلك بالغضب الدائموﻻنها قصة شبابية حديثة، بالطبع ستقع في حب "اللورد اللطيف"، ولكن المشكلة هنا أنها ايضا ستشعر بمشاعر تجاه تابعه المسكين "الظل"، والذي هو مجرد خيال للورد اللطيفستشعر انه هو من سيساعدها لتحرير المملكة وفك اللعنة ، والانتقام لمن كان السبب في موت امهالكن لا شئ ابدا ينتهي كما ابتدي~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~القصة بدايتها -التي حكيتها تلك مجرد ملخص ربعها الاول- عبقري ومبتكرولكن سرعان ما تحولت معي لقصة مملة ومضجرةربما هي رغبة البطلة هنا في "البصق" علي كل من تقابله وغضبها وضجرها الدائم اصابني بالعدوي فلم احتمل البطء في منتصف الاحداثربما هو الحب المبالغ به في وصفه -كعادة الروايات الشبابيةInstaLoveوالذي حولها من بطلة غاضبة قاسية الي بطلة غاضبة قاسية بلهاء ومملة بالاخص بعلاقة الحب الثلاثية المعتادةلكني لا انكر ان الجزء الممل بالمنتصف وحتي قبل الربع الاخير كان به الكثير من الايجابيات، المزج الساحر للميثولوجيا الاغريقية كصندوق بندورا، كيوبيد وتوم الوحيد وغيرها جعل الامر مثيراولكني ظللت بسبب التطويل هنا أشعر انها رواية متوسطة، نجمتان ونصف علي الاكثرثم جاء الربع الاخيروالذي بدأ ببعض اللمحات من التشابهة بين احداث القصة وقصة "الجميلة والوحش" التي جاءت بذكاء بشكل مختلف عن الاصل متشابه في الهيكل فقط ايضا كان ممتعاثم انقلبت القصة بمفاجأت وتلاعب بديع بالزمن لتتحول لقصة مختلفة تمامالتأتيالنهـــايـةوالتي كما قالت من رشحت لي الرواية بذكاء أنها مفتاح الروايةالمفتاح الذي قد يجعل لكل الاحداث التي قد تكون مملة احيانا ، لكل الغضب مستمر، لكل قصة حب لها قيمة ولها معنيقصة يتضافر فيها الحب، والقسوة والتضحية بشكل ممتاز بل ويظهر "مورال" الحكاية بشكل واضح ولكن غير مباشر بنفس الوقتبالربع الاخير ستدرك أن الطبيعة البشرية بها الجمال وبها القسوة لاسباب هي قصة المتناقضات البشرية..الحب والواجب، القسوة والتعاطفطبيعة البشر في الامنيات..الامنيات التي لا نعرف ثمنها الا عندما تتحققلم اتخيل ابدا تلك النهاية الساحرة، ولا مدي قسوتي علي الفكرة الرائعة للرواية نعم مازلت اري ان يعيبها التطويل بمنتصفها لكن يكفي انتقاص نجمة واحدة لهذاإعادة حكي تستحق القراءةقبل اعادة فيلم الجميلة والوحش قريبا~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mini English Review-----------------Well, I loved the beginning...promising of Dark, Cruel Beauty and the Beast retelling..mind the spitful, cruel, protagonist that in need for a serious 'Anger Management'..-not the beast, nope..the girl actually made me really angry most of the time-Oh and don't expect that since she's the cruel angry one here she'd marry a gentle-beast..nooo, he's like Lucifer himself.Well, this 'angry' bride, full of hatred.. is destined since she was very young to marry a monster.And as most YAs...she will fall in love with him..., and again, as most YAs, she have feelings for his servant, his Shadow, Shade.So..the story after the strong introduction and good setting, turned fast to feminine dull slow rant...with Love Triangle.., It was as boring as Uprooted, and bit of A Thousand Nights's dryness..But it was only adorned with Greek mythology every now and then that made me feel better.. some real myths like Pandora's Box myth, and some strange as Nanny-Anna and Tom-Alone..But still , I felt bored in the middle many times... wanna spit as the protagonist having the same urge to spit on everyone.But the concept of the myth of "Kindly One", and the wishes, the barging of the Gentle lord is amazing..That was an interesting plot here, people can't understand actually what they wish for...That their wishes has a price..AND then comes the strong last few chapters and the end.. and what an ending... ONE OF THE BEST ENDINGS I've ever read.Where the moral of this Cruel Story, the contradictions of human nature, how the cruelty is compassion and how we never understand what we wish for..How there's no pure pure evil.God, I just loved the ending...and appreciate the story much more than I expected..It's a retelling that worth the reading really.Mohanmed ArabeyFrom 14 Feb. 2017To 17 Feb. 2017illustrator of the art at the beginning of the review

  • Whitney Atkinson
    2019-01-25 19:44

    I loved the first 100 pages of this book so much that i was 99% sure it'd be a 4 or 5 star book. I loved the writing and the main character's sass, and the "Dark Lord" or whatever his title is was REALLY interesting. But holy moly, this book does a 180. It starts out strong but turns into trash. HORRID instalove, obnoxious and confusing love triangle (??????), and I was completely baffled by the world/magic system. I'm not sure if it's because I listened to it on audio, but i am SO confused by everything. It tries to incorporate both mythology and elemental magic, and it just did not work for me. I was so confused on who all the different magical entities were that controlled the world and none of it made sense to me whatsoever. I'm still roiling a bit on what just happened there at the end because it also starts to pull in time travle???? literaly??/ what ?????? I will not be continuing this series and I would not recommend this one.

  • Steph Sinclair
    2019-02-11 15:58

    I have to give the narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden, some credit here. She tried. She really, really tried to salvage this book by giving the main character tons of personality, but not even she could change the source material. The fact is that Cruel Beauty made absolutely no damn sense.How does the magic work? I dunno.Who are the real bad guys? I dunno.Wait, what's the SECRET. Well, I dunno because Nyx learns it and then FORGETS it on the next page to conveniently keep the plot rolling. Awesome.HUH? There's time travel? ....Maybe, but not really. It's a SECRET that you'll never find out and/or stop caring about.Cruel Beauty was like a mixing pot of great ideas that didn't get mixed very well. The oil rose to the top and the cake fell flat. Also, I have no idea what the hell I'm talking about, kinda like this book. But the narrator's voice was nice.

  • Blythe
    2019-01-29 22:48

    Let me say it now: Cruel Beauty is one fantastic, gorgeously written, spectacularly dark debut. Many of its aspects may not appeal to some readers, and I understand that; although I really loved how the romance in Cruel Beauty and the "love triangle" (note the quotation marks--don't run off) played out, I do understand why some other readers, a handful of my friends amongst them, take issue with much of this novel. But honestly, it's been over a week since I've finished Cruel Beauty, and I have truly nothing negative to say about it, other than the fact that the world-building and terminology may be a bit overwhelming at first. However, when I got accustomed to the world in Cruel Beauty, and got a grasp on where Hodge was going with the story around fifty pages in, I was absolute putty in this book's hand. Cruel Beauty is a very ambitious novel, and it's one that will likely throw some readers off in how odd it is; it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling, with some Greek mythology thrown in, a whole lot of fantasy, a maybe even a hint of dystopian aspects, and trust me when I say it's all handled really, really well. What could have easily been a convoluted and silly novel instead incorporated each and every one of those aforementioned plot points seamlessly. Nyx is a strong willed character, and is at times a bit frustrating, but she is also one of the most realistic characters I've read about this year. After all the things she goes through in the novel, she's understandably angry and fickle regarding whom she truly loves, and why. In reality, I think anyone would react similar to how Nyx reacted if they were placed in the same situation as her. As well as being an authentic character, she does eventually grow past the anger that was so evidently boiling up inside her in the beginning of the novel, but she never truly gets past it, much like anyone wouldn't. And that's why I love her character arc and development: you may be just as frustrated as Nyx is with her anger and fickleness, but you can't deny that her emotions are real, and you'd react the same. In any other novel, with any other character, Nyx's actions may just have annoyed me. I'm aware of this; but in Cruel Beauty, Rosamund Hodge creates a character in Nyx that is, while not always likable, wholly relatable, and that is a great feat in my eyes. And then there's Ignifex, who is one charming little bastard, and I'll leave it at that. There are much more things for me to touch upon in regards to the romance in this novel, all of which are spoilers. So I'm just going to let the readers of this unravel the mysteries of this romance on their own. (And trust me, it's something you'll want to discover on your own. The romance is something you'll either love or hate (see below), but it is definitely intriguing and original.) But yes, Ignifex--awesome, complex character, with a unique and surprising backstory...yes. Yes, yes, yes. Lovers of Cole from the Everneath series by Brodi Ashton, this guy's for you. I think Cruel Beauty is a novel that will have some pretty contrasting opinions once it's published. Although some think its romance is insta-love (which I disagree with since it was said that five months passed before any 'love' thoughts occurred, but I digress) with an unnecessary love triangle (which I also respectfully disagree with because of reasons, but you all know how I feel about love triangles), I found Cruel Beauty to be a truly beautiful and stunningly original debut. With it, Rosamund Hodge has taken some aspects from Beauty and the Beast that manage to make the novel stand out as an adaptation, but she also introduces so many new concepts of her own to make the ageless tale as old as time we all love even lovelier.

  • Clau R.
    2019-02-02 14:41

    I'm not sure of what to think of this book... I really loved it... but at the same time I didn´t? Let me try to arrange my thoughts... I was very excited about this book, so I was a little dissappointed because I wasn't really digging it and I was already at page 100... but after that it really became really really good! I started to like the characters and I kinda fell in love with the Gentle Lord, Ignifex <3. I think that I wasn't liking it at the begining because Nyx is always changing her mind and I wanted to slap her sometimes, but also because the world in this book is really confusing! At first I didn't understand a thing about the "Hermetic" laws and the elemental hearts, then it became clearer, but we also had demons, gods, "kindly ones", shadows, mithology, fantasy, and so much more that I don't think I fully understood the world at the end of the book, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it, on the contrary, I found it very interesting! I decided to give this book 4 stars because of the slow begining and because of what I said in the paragraph above, but those were the only things I didn't really like... I just loved Ignifex so much, the way he loved and trusted Nyx <3. Also, I thought his back story was amazing! A true mistery and at the end when we learn what really happened it blew my mind! Really, I devoured the second half of this book! And I nearly cried because of the destiny of Nyx and Ignifex :(. It was so unfair! UGH. About the ending... I'm kinda torn. I didn't expected it and I like that, also, I think it was sweet and overall, a good ending, but I don't know, I feel like I didn't fully understood what happened (again, because the world and the demons and the gods were so confusing)...I'm satisfied with it, that's for sure, and I got a little book hangover! That was also unexpected! When I finished the book I couldn't stop thinking about Nyx and Ignifex and the magical world of Arcadia.OH, and I can't go without saying that one of the things I loved the most of this book was THE CASTLE. I LOVED IT COMPLETELY.

  • sana°¤°
    2019-02-15 22:56

    3.9ish starsThis was so so so good and I loved it way more than I was expecting to. I did have some small issues which is why I didn't give it full five stars. Rtc after my exams, Buddy read with Inej dominating Kaz who i ditched lmao

  • Katie
    2019-01-25 20:40

    I realize that this book doesn't come out for quite a while, but as soon as it downloaded on my Kindle, I started reading it right away, and once I'd finished it, there was no holding back the feels.This book is amazering.It's half:And another half:And considering Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies/fairy tales and the Cupid and Psyche myth is probably my favorite in the entire Greek mythology canon...This book has some of the coolest worldbuilding I've seen in a YA novel. Originally, I thought the book was going to be high fantasy, but now I'm not so sure. It almost feels like "low," or "second world" fantasy, as the setting is a world that was settled by the Greeks and then cut off from the rest of the world. For that reason, the people believe in Greek gods, and the demons that the blurb refers to are supposed to have originated in Tartarus.The mythology spin on the story was a total surprise, as the blurb doesn't mention it, and I found myself even more excited in the first couple chapters because of it. I also saw an interview with Rosamund Hodge on Epic Reads, where she said that her story is based just as much on the Cupid and Psyche myth as it is on Beauty and the Beast (if not more), so I'm not sure why the myth bit isn't in the blurb. It should be, IMHO.Okay, so let's talk about characters. Holy shiz. These characters are so crazy and dark and totally different than most other YA protagonists. Nyx is what I wanted Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy to be - BA and mean, with an iron will, but so broken that you couldn't help but love her. I loved how her family relationships pushed her into her feelings for Ignifex. Her character motivation and development flowed really well, I thought.Ignifex is also pretty amazing. He reminded me of all those Victorian anti-heroes that are more wicked than good, like Heathcliff. Or maybe like the selfish gods of mythology that have to learn compassion. Either way, I enjoyed his development a lot too, and although I figured out early on the big twist about his identity, just like with Cinder by Marissa Meyer, I didn't care.I was totally absorbed in this book. I couldn't put it down. Basically, this was me and Cruel Beauty:And when people tried to talk to me:Okay, and the end.THE END!!!*shakes computer*Loved it, loved it!I won't say anything else.Just know.It's amazing.I know it's terribly CRUEL of me (see what I did there?) to tell you all these lovely things about this book when it doesn't release until January. I'm very sorry. But go ahead and add it to your Goodreads TBR list now, because YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE! It's dark and twisted and original and wonderful. There's fabulous worldbuilding, seriously messed up characters that Rosamund Hodge makes you love, and some really vivid imagery that I didn't talk about before but is also really great.GO BUY THIS BOOK!...IN JANUARY!

  • Tatiana
    2019-01-27 17:10

    3.5 starsThis book, I would have preferred to read written for adults. It is mostly a romance, with a lot of talk of virginity, ravishing, tearing off dresses, etc. But because it's YA, despite being quite sensuous, it doesn't go further than kissing. Too bad really, I don't come across many good adult romances, and setup of "Cruel Beauty" is perfect for creating all kinds of convenient excuses to facilitate sexy times. I enjoyed mythology/fairy tale mix as well, although I got lost a little in it all by the end.

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-02-04 14:40

    4 ''Wow, that was some story!'' starsWhy haven’t I read this book sooner? *Ashamed of herself*First of all, I do not agree with the average rating of 3.80/5 stars on Goodreads. At all. It actually happens pretty rarely that I don’t, but I definitely think that Cruel Beauty deserves a higher one and also much more attention. Much more. Cruel Beauty made me reconsider many things I thought I knew about myself regarding books. For example, I don’t like slow-paced books. Is this a book with slow-paced writing? Yes, it is, and I didn’t even mind its slowness a bit. If you’re not a fan of slow-paced books, I can’t tell to avoid this one because, hey, I loved it! The beginning is indeed a little too extended but don’t give up yet and give the book a chance!The story: I was incredibly curious about this one when I discovered it on Goodreads not so long ago (thank you GR!) because some reviewers said it was a remarkable retelling of Beauty and the Beast and some others actually said that they didn’t see much of the fairy tale in it. I saw a lot of Beauty and the Beast in the story myself and especially as background like the vast library of the castle, its labyrinth halls, the invisible servants, etc. It is narrated with a first person POV. I never had a problem with first or third person POV and this one is no exception. The story starts on Nyx, living her last moments at her house with her father, twin sister and aunt. It was obvious that she wasn’t as close as people normally are to their family and relatives and it intrigued me. I was craving to know why and where did all the hate come from. From the first sentence, I was hooked and was sure Cruel Beauty was going to be something unlikely everything I have ever read. And I didn’t even have high expectations. Nyx had many various and contradicted feelings towards her sister especially because of her objective towards the Gentle Lord (quite an interesting name for the demon Lord). She was scared and angry. I could understand her every feeling and the fact that it mustn’t be easy for her to be the one on which such a responsibility is held. She is the chosen one, the one who has to kill the Lord and free their country from demons. Nyx is brave and strong and a survivor. That’s how I like my heroines to be. Sometimes she really needed to think before she spoke though, because I was a bit annoyed of her always regretting her impulsive words afterwards. I liked her from the very beginning still and it didn’t change throughout the story. She’s human; everyone messes up when emotions are involved, something I think every one can understand.The world-building: Original and unique. With it, the story felt even more important, riveting and captivating. It captivated me to a point that I wasn’t expecting or prepared to. There should’ve been a warning ‘’Prepare to be captivated’’ on the cover. Everything was well detailed and described. Although, the castle wasn’t at all was I imagined it to be. I was imagining it to be quite dark with an eerie atmosphere and not one that made me think of a strange, uncommon house. Some walls are in blue color for example and some have fruits and flower prints. I mean, come on…So yeah, I did cringe my teeth for a bit while reading those descriptions. It marked me and deceived me at first, because I really had an image of the castle in my head thanks to the cover. When I passed that surprised and just played along (more like made an abstraction of it), I started being more fascinated by all the discoveries Nyx made in the castle. All the secret rooms waiting to be open got my attention and I just wished I was Nyx so I could fulfill my avid curiosity. Cruel Beauty definitely has a special and an interesting world-building worth reading about and paying attention to.The writing: As I said, the story is slow-paced but not the boring and oh-my-gosh-seriously-is-it-going-to-end-someday kind. If you usually don’t like slow-paced book, I would still say try it because exceptions always exist and this was one of them for me. Also, the writing was very pretty, beautiful, and admiring. I like when I’m able to learn new words while reading a book and in YAs, I don’t very often have the chance. With this one I absolutely had and I’ve learned some quite complex words. It was obvious that the author, Rosamund Hodge, wrote her story carefully, trying to make it as perfect and as rich as she was able to. And she succeeded. It was amazing! Everything was perfectly detailed with the right amount of details which made easy to picture the characters and the surroundings/setting. Another small complaint I would make is that, in the first chapters, Nyx wasn’t described enough which made it hard to really connect with her at the beginning of the story. Fortunately, the secondary characters were indeed some interesting ones so it finally didn’t bother me that much. Although, I did notice. I didn’t feel like there was a single kind of atmosphere, more like a combination of a calm, ‘’on edge’’, mysterious and by moment eerie too.The romance: I was willing to give this book five big shinny well deserved stars, before the love triangle became really present and annoying. I usually actually don’t mind love triangles that much (depending on the intensity) but this one was one of the worst I have ever read about. Mainly because it made the strong and smart heroine (Nyx) look weak and pathetic by moments. Also, the romance was very very rushed. They were loving each other already a couple of days after they met. Indeed, there were some cute moments remarquably well developed (it wasn’t all bad) but, most of the time, I was just plain bored. Beauty and the Beast retellings shouldn’t, in my opinion have such love triangles ever again. I won’t say which characters were in the love triangle because I think it’s best that you discover it by yourself and I don’t want to spoil it for you.Overall: I think I’ve already use way too many adjectives for this book in this review, so I will simply say that it impressed me and did take my breath away at the beginning of the story. So, if you would like to read a fabulous fantasy story like you have never read before with unforgettable characters, a predictable but nice romance with a love triangle and a well thought plot that will leave you only wanting for more, I would recommend you Cruel Beauty with no hesitation. Happy reading!

  • Simona Bartolotta
    2019-01-28 22:09

    3.5"Why wasn’t my hatred simple anymore?"I'm going to start this review doing a thing I usually find useless and infuriating, but which I am nonetheless sure every reader does, at least from time to time: a comparison. And a random enough comparison at that.Not that many days ago I finished another ya novel that all of you probably know, and that is Angelfall by Susan Ee. You see, I thought I needed to mention it because of this curious question that popped up in my mind as soon as I turned the last page of Cruel Beauty: if I feel that I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed Angelfall, why then did I rate that one four stars without a second thought, while I just can't bring myself to do the same with this?This review is the answer to that question.•Nyx Triskelion and I are not right for each other, this much is apparent. I saw many similarities between her and Penryn (protagonist of Angelfall), which is probably part of the reason why I fel the comparison was necessary; anyway, many were the differences as well. Both heroines are flawed and know it, but while Penryn fights along with her faults making strengths out of them, Nyx's attitude is more ambiguous and, I believe, hypocritical. She never denies having, as she dutifully remind us every now and then, "poison in her heart", but she fluctuates between thinking of herself as the most despicable person on Earth and easily rolling with it, even relishing it. It basically depends on her mood of the moment. I personally prefer the latter case, which is a pity since we see more of the former. Nyx is so volatile that she can convincingly assert she in love with Ignifex and be firm in her purpose to kill him, which she can express with determination and willingness one minute and with nothing but frustrated reluctance the next. She does not seem torn: she seems bipolar. The fact that she simultaneously falls in love with two men ((view spoiler)[I don't give a hoot they are in fact the same person: for the whole book they were separate entities and that's it (hide spoiler)]) does not help me getting rid of the impression, actually it reinforces it: she does not know what she wants, she's indecisive, flighty, erratic, and she remains so for the whole story, never growing up and never deciding until she had but a path to take, so it's not as if she finally did take a real decision. In brief: Penryn knew she was acting selfishly and kept doing so in spite of everything, and I loved it; Nyx knew she was a tool in The Greater Good hands and resented it profoundly, and never, not even once, she thought she could find another way, resulting in her (and us) never understanding which side she was on. And I hated it.•The romance: well, as I said, there is a love triangle seasoned with more than a pinch of insta-love, so it goes without saying that it was kind of doomed from the start. Besides, while it is perfectly clear that calling "insta-love" what Nyx has with Shade is being overly generous, I hoped that her relationship with Ignifex would make up for that at least a little. In fact, more than a month passes before Nyx develops actual feelings, but, since their interactions are very limited both in duration and in variety, it feels like insta-love all the same. This is serious. Seriously bad. I didn't feel like shipping them but faintly. •The house, for which I demand a standing ovation: it is a house of horrors and wonders, a house that changes and has secrets to hide, and, as a setting, it confers on the story such a wonderful air of mystery that the reader cannot help soaking up and being bewitched by. And speaking of the house, the matrioska thing: all the stars. It blew my mind away. Like, it was there and then it wasn't. Generally speaking, I liked very much both the world-building and the ending, which has an unusual rhythm and hit the mark, at least for me, precisely for this reason. ➽ Don't take me wrong: the novel is highly, highly enjoyable, and although many readers lamented its slowness, I actually didn't perceive it and devoured book in a little less than a day. The most difficult feat was to bear with the protagonist, but the setting is so enticing that Nyx won't bother you too much. If you are interested in a new take on The Beauty and the Beast and romance is your thing, you should give it a chance.

  • Samantha
    2019-02-20 16:07

    3.5 stars. Everyone was telling me I would hate this book, and I did not! While it did have its faults, I enjoyed what it was trying to do and the general theme, even if the execution failed at times. It is a Beauty and the Beast/Hades & Persephone hybrid with some folklore mixed in. I cannot hate it. A review to come when I've fully collected my thoughts!

  • destini mia
    2019-02-07 17:08

    I found a rose garden under a glass dome; the roses formed a labyrinth in which I always got lost . . . 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 have to admit, I picked up this book because of the cover *wears cone of shame* The reviews were looking kind of iffy and I wasn't sure I would like this book. All I can say is thank god I went all googly-eyes for the cover because, if not, I would have missed out on a really good book. I loved the complexity of the story, the twists, and surprises. This is a slow burn kind of story; it develops slowly, but still manages to hold your interests. I was raised to marry a monster. The author creates incredibly dynamic characters that aren't quite black and aren't quite white, which made them all the more realistic. Not everything was clear cut and pretty for us. The world-building, the writing, it was all wonderful. I thought it was a really well-done retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It wasn't exactly the same but had undertones of the story."I still might kill you," I told him, much later. He traced a finger along my skin. "Who wouldn't."Why did I rate this 4 stars instead of 5? I felt the romance was a bit to rushed. At first, it was going along perfectly . . . they bantered and insulted each other, all mostly good-natured (I use that word loosely) . . . and then it was like a fire was lit under their asses. I was left there like, O.o Whoa guys, I'm not ready for this. Don't get me wrong, part of me loved all that lovey-dovey stuff. I would have felt cheated if there wasn't any romance, but it just happened too quickly for my taste.I also felt like some things could have been better explained. I had to go back a few times and slowly read over things in order to grasp what going on later in the book. I felt like the author was going for a mysterious and enigmatic vibe (which mostly worked) and some clarity was lost with that.All in all, this was a solid, enjoyable read :)

  • Laura
    2019-02-01 21:01

    La Bella y La Bestia se mezcla con Cumbres Borrascosas y Barba Azul en una tragedia Griega.Sinopsis: Nuestra heroina (?) es hija de un poderoso hombre de la región y son constantemente victimas de los ataques de demonios. Nyx tiene una hermana gemela llamada Astraia y junto a su padre, ellas también viven con su tía por parte de madre.Todo va bien, ¿no? Bueno, no. Resulta que, desde que Nyx nació, fue prometida al Gentle Lord, el príncipe de todos los demonios, el infame señor de los tratos y amo de todo lo que es malo desde hace más de 900 años. Entonces, obviamente Nyx no está muy feliz con ello. En serio, ¿quién lo estaría? Y desde muy joven fue entrenada para asesinar a su esposo y recuperar la paz en Arcadia.Y ése era el plan pero, como todo no es blanco y negro, Nyx se dará cuenta de muchas cosas que pondrán en peligro su misión y el futuro de su mundo.Tenía muchas expectativas en lo relacionado con éste libro, y las cumplió todas, y la vez no.Me gustó mucho, de eso no hay duda pero no sé, como que le faltó algo.Primero voy a hablar escribir sobre las cosas que me gustaron.Nyx es un personaje muy complejo, ¿recuerdan que me gusta mucho los personajes con algo de maldad en su interior? Bueno, ¡Hola, Nyx! Me gustó mucho que estuviera resentida con su padre por elegirla para el sacrificio, me pareció lo más lógico. Es decir, no te van a decir a los nueve años que te casarás con la maldad en persona y tú lo vas a tomar bien. Sin contar que tu padre no daba muestra de arrepentimiento o de dolor por entregar a una de sus dos únicas hijas. El favoritismo hacia Astraia era tan obvio como la luz del sol. Así que sí, el odio del Nyx era justificado.Pero vaya si hubieron partes donde leía lo que ella pensaba y me quedaba en shock, aunque entendía de donde venía todo eso, aún así.No creo que pueda ser muy objetiva en cuanto a la relación con su familia ya que, desde sus ojos, realmente todos me caen mal. Su padre la dejó de lado en plano afectivo, su tía (la cual se acostaba con su cuñado) sólo le enseñaba como seducir a un hombre y su hermana era ese asustado cervatillo que vivía con miedo y que Nyx debía siempre proteger y tener una sonrisa lista, aunque fuese ella quien tuviese el peor destino de las dos. Y no se equivoquen, Nyx es egoísta, altanera, terca, maliciosa, rencorosa y muchas otras cosas malas pero también es amable, se puede llegar a preocupar por otros, perseverante, inteligente, sarcástica y valiente. Luego tenemos a Ignifex, el Gentle Lord, el amor y señor de la oscuridad y los tratos. El tipo está más bueno que el pan con dulce y tiene los ojos de un gato, pero rojos.Honestamente, en mi cabeza trataba de cruzar a¡Ya! Ignifex es un poco de cada uno, ñom ñom.Entonces, intenté no odiar al tipo desde un principio porque sabía que iba a cambiar en el transcurso del libro, pero Ignifex no se dio a odiar realmente.Nunca fue particularmente cruel con Nyx, ella lo fue un poco más con él (a mi parecer) y una vez que se llega a conocer un poco más su historia, chico, uno realmente siente, más o menos, pena por él. No mucha, pero ahí va.Disfruté mucho de la dinámica entre Nyx e Ignifex, se respondían mutuamente de manera fuerte, divertida y oscura (ahí se me parecieron mucho a Catherine y Heathcliff). Se empujaban mutuamente y llegó un punto en el que tuve que sentarme a pensar que tan destructiva era su relación. Al final nos dimos cuenta que no mucho, pero si me hizo considerar muchas cosas.Es decir, la chica está cautiva en la casa del monstruo y ambos planean matarse mutuamente, ¿no? Y me ponen cosas como:Me gusta una esposa con un poco de malicia en su corazón.Y no olvidemos: ¿Qué clase de tonto era él? La misma clase de tonta que era yo, supuse, porque sabía que él era mi enemigo y aún así, yo también, estaba tomando alivio por el contacto.Lo que pasaba por mi cabeza era:Porque realmente era todo muy bizarro y a mi también me empezó a gustar Ignifex y todo eso.Algo que absolutamente amé fue toda la mitología griega que hubo. Desde las historias, las locaciones, la casa en si... Con eso solamente ya me tenían. Le dio un toque muy genial al libro porque sentías que tenías muchos aspectos de el. Por un lado tenías todas las versiones de La Bella y La Bestia, también tenías a estos muy conflictivos personajes encerrados en un mundo oscuro, lleno de magia y con un gran toque de mitología griega. Una combinación perfecta.Tuve algunos problemas con el libro y muchos de ellos pueden ser llamados Shade. Ese desgraciado fue muy bueno en lo que hacía y como lo hacía. Lastimosamente yo misma me arruiné la sorpresa de saber qué era él al ponerme a crear teorías en mi cabeza que resultaron ser más o menos ciertas pero aún así. Maldito desgraciado.Lo otro que no me gustó fue como el 15% restante del libro. Sentí que los personajes se estaban apagando y no era una muy buena sensación. ¿Y cuando Nyx visitó a su familia?Eso fue tan estúpido en tantos niveles. Uno podía ver lo que iba a pasar. Que tontería.En fin, me molestó la manera en la que se manejó toda la parte final y realmente quería que Astraia resultara siendo una desgraciada, y por un momento pensé que iba a ser así, pero no. Y luego nos lanzaron a ése universo paralelo donde el Gentle Lord jamás existió y todo eso y fue muy muy rebuscado.De eso aún no sé que pensar pero en general el libro me gustó mucho y planeo seguir leyendo los que siguen a ver que pasa.¿Saben qué disco escuché mientras leía? Ceremonials, de Florence + The Machine y le quedó PERFECTO

  • Kiki
    2019-01-21 16:42

    Honest to god, I don't know why I'm kidding myself about this book. I'm probably not fooling any of you. I'm never going to finish it, because what I read was terrible and what I read was over half of it, and it was so bad that even though I'd gotten entrenched that far into it I still couldn't force myself to turn another solitary page. What this book wants you to know:1. NothingThis book will not impact your life in any way. And I mean any way: it won't even entertain you. It's like the eleventh song on a techno album. Bland as shit. If you like your porridge sugarless, then by all means, knock yourself out. But this book and its parchment sky and breasts on a platter can honestly just stay the hell away from me.It's at its worst when it tries to be witty; when it tries to convince you that the male lead is quirky and sexy and not just a series of really painful cringes just waiting to happen. This one time, I was on the train, and it was packed - like, shoulder-to-shoulder. My stomach was feeling weird and I let one go, and it might have been silent, but it was fucking deadly. It was like God's eleventh plague had descended on that train car. It was like the gates of hell had opened and let out the stench of the rotting damned as Charon ferried them to and fro across the Acheron. I honestly was surprised that no one called the cops with accusations of bioterrorism. And the girl standing beside me, who was looking down at her phone, just stiffened, and the people talking in front of me went quiet. I stared at my shoes, and I swear to high heaven, I have never prayed before. I have never fucking prayed before, but in that moment I was begging for a miracle.Disperse, I begged. Please, everyone get off at the next stop. Please, let the air dissipate, or at least let everyone blame it on the dude standing next to me who is very pointedly staring out the window and trying not to touch me with his elbow.That's not as embarrassing as this book. Seriously, I'd rather have everyone on the train think I just shit my pants than drag my eyes across another speck of Ignifex's agonizing "wit". The dude is about as entertaining as that graaaaaaaah sound your stomach makes before you ruin a bunch of tourists' day. Detox, ILY.

  • Regan
    2019-01-21 20:06

    This book really surprised me. When I was first reading this book I was not really digging it, I thought I had a handle on where the story was going, and therefore I thought it was too predictable. However, this story did not follow the stereotypical path that I thought it would. I still guessed the ending halfway in, but I enjoyed the ride nonetheless. The amount of predictability that may or may not be present in this book is not the important part, no, the important part is the story. The story is what really kept me so interested, it was beautiful and unique, and the delivery could not be ignored. The world combined well known ancient lore with (made up?) reinterpretations that added a wonderful level of fantasy. It was whimsical, and I really fell in love with the characters. I enjoyed throughly that they recognized their flaws and accepted them. The last 30 pages or so is what made me write this whole review because I LOVED the ending. So much. This book delivered something I did not expect, so for that I tip my hat to it. Also, it's a standalone. Score.

  • Joel (Throne of books)
    2019-02-20 23:08

    Why did no one make me read this earlier? it was so good. The writing was just astounding. From the very first sentence I was captivated. I haven't the slightest clue as to how to review this properly so just know I loved this. It was beautiful. Nyx was the best main character ever honestly. So savage. Straight up throwing things and hitting Ignifex every 3 seconds and later on telling him she still might kill him after admitting she 'might' love him too. If that isn't me I don't know what is. Ignifex was also just everything. My beautiful demon prince. I also had no idea where this was going or how it would end so being pleasantly surprised by it is an A+ Do yourself a favor and read this If you haven't already !

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-02-08 15:08

    $1.99 today on kindle 9-15-2016When I first started the book I was disappointed and thought I would not like it because it seemed to drag for me. It took a few chapters for me to get interested, pretty much when Nyx got to her wonderful husband's home, the evil Ignifex. She is supposed to be killed by her husband at some point in time, how is that for a honeymoon! But, and there is always a but, Ignifex is not what he seems. Yes, he has the corpses of his eight other brides in a dungeon all laid out, but I digress. He seems to be under some kind of evil spell and he's not like I said what he seems to be. I love the hell out of Nyx snarky attitude, she is great and doesn't take any lip from Ignifex, which he finds divine and doesn't seem to want to kill her. They have this wonderful banter together, he kisses her, she threatens his life, that kind of stuff :) I do not know why, BUT, I didn't like her sister Astraia at all. Why? I don't know, I just said that, she just rubbed me the wrong way throughout the book. She can suck it and go on down the road. So, Nyx has to find out all of these clues to try to save her world. I'm not going to go into all of that, you can read the book, or read another review. :) She is finding... that she wants to save Ignifex because she knows he's really good inside. How does she know? She just does! There are creepy demon shades roaming around in the book along with some other weirdness. Nyx gives her all to save Ignifex and in the end it all pays off. Fin MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • maymay ☕
    2019-02-06 17:49

    I don’t get what the point of this book is?It’s supposed to be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but we got one hell of a desnse-uninteresting-FRIVOLOUS-beauty and one hell of a not-so-beastly-beast. - (s) Not to mention, the insta-love, the love triangle, the my-determined-will-is-broken-by-a-single-kiss, the exhausting amount of lust, it’s all M E S S.So, this girl, Nxy, is supposed to save her kingdom by being wedded to the Gentle Lord. She and her father devised a plan to kill him to free their land yada yada. Now when this kid gets there, she’s all defiant but it takes less than four dinners for her to realize she’s actually in love with the beastWhatTheFrickNOT ONLY THATBut she be kissing every guy she lays eyes on.Okay, I seriously don’t get why she kisses Shade one minute and then goes on to make out with the Gentle Lord the next??????? WHAT THE HECK “You fought and fought to keep all the cruelty locked up in your head, and for what? None of them ever loved you, because none of them ever knew you”^^Oh but im sure you know her soooooooooo well after like 6 days So, she’s supposed to be this bada*s princess, nobelwoman kinda thing but the only thing im getting from her is a big NOPE. She’s confused, she’s rude as hell, she’s arrogant, she’s SO DUMB, and she has like ZERO will. I SWEAR, one minute she’s plotting his death and finding happiness in this pain and the next second she’s stroking his hair and watching him sleep.R E A L L Y ????Also, the writing. The writing is so dull. Gahhh, it’s monotone and Nyx and is a v terrible narrator. Plz, keep your day job. The mythology aspect was pretty cool. I’ll admit that. I enjoyed that more than the characters, the nonexistent plot, and the weird as hell ending. I’m just –I’M JUST ASKING FOR CONSISTENCYIs it that hard to deliver?“Where you go, I shall go; where you die, I shall die, and there will I be buried.”1 star

  • Pang
    2019-02-05 18:44

    Precious This book is just so precious and so dear to my heart. I think the plot is interesting! with the references of myth like.. Tatarus even Pandora adapt in this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Strong characters with hatred in their hearts.. alas how I love anti-hero so much. I enjoy and love Nyx and Ignifex my heart giddy giddy you guys might not understand till reading it. LOL!The romance is so captivating and beautiful Seriouly the best aspect of this book. It's wickedly romantic, dark and touchingly beautiful at the same times oh god how I want to tell more, but it will be spolier but damn it is just so fun, intense, touching, and beautiful *damn* I wish I have hard cover! *damn damn damnnn*

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2019-01-28 22:06

    Maybe 2.5 stars? The first 100 pages are really enjoyable and very intriguing. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough because of the promising plot-Nyx marrying with the intention of assassinating Ignifex, a demon/monster to save the land of Arcadia. But soon she learns that her husband isn’t what people thought he’d be. Her first few attempts at killing him were just so hilarious and I was really convinced I’m going to love the book. But then a few chapters later, things just got weirder and weirder including the crazy love triangle, Nyx becoming so fickle in her emotions that she’s starting to become annoying and the plot becoming a huge blur and soon I found myself disconnected and disoriented. I’d like to tell more but it’s all a muddle up there in my head. It ended happily though, so I guess that’s a yay! It suffices to say that I think I’m done with Beauty and the Beast retellings for now. I’ll just wait for Emma Watson’s movie. Sorry about the Cruel with no Beauty review. ^^

  • AhmedEjaz
    2019-02-15 23:04

    "You are losing your ability to terrify me."--NyxI have never been so frustrated in my life. I started this book in exams for this ending?!! I really want to hit myself on the wall so hard to get unconscious. Because I don't want to think about this ending. Yesterday was my last exam. Now I am free from exams for a month. But I am not feeling that this book really deserved my interest during my exams. Don't know what got in my mind so badly to start it then. THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE=> What the hell was that ending?! It could have been sooo much better. In trying to make the unique ending, the bookspoiled it. I didn't like it. 3rd last chapter was the end for me. Last 2 chapters were the HUGE disaster for me.=> Beginning was awesome. Breathtaking to be exact. But the way this book was in the middle made me: => I don't think this book is a Beauty and the Beast re-telling. Where is the damn beast?? Ignifex was supposed to be evil. But he was keeping himself gentle. Even though I liked him I wasn't expecting him to be gentle. Or Nyx! It seemed to me that she was our BEAST!! Because she was full of hatred. And Ignifex changed her. Well, I prefer males in the category of beast. => Shade. I just don't know why. He is the most boring character I have ever read. For some people he deserves pity but for me he don't. I cared for Ignifex more. => The major fault I found in the book is the way how it unfolds. The moments of revelations are not appropriate. Things reveal wayy after the time they are told. Maybe I felt this fact more because of my exams. I can't be sure. So I didn't consider this point while rating this book.=> Nyx's falling in love with Shade was completely despicable. But I liked that this book didn't create a sense of love triangle. THINGS I LIKED=> The very thing which kept me reading this book and not DNFing was writing. I was soo in the need of DNFing it and try it some other day but the writing was excellent enough for me to finish this book. And the other reason was I don't want to make the habit of DNFing. It might unfair for the author. Don't know if I am right. But I feel it.=> Ignifex's castle. Loved it. It was one of the most magical places I have ever read."This house has many dangers". I cannot save you from most of them." Then I let go and forced a smile. “I wasn’t born to be saved."=> I liked some parts of Greek Myths in background.This book has many elements of fairy tales. Like Rump, Sleeping Beauty... [both are my least favourite tales]. I liked the concept of original Beauty and the Beast. But couldn't like this book as I should have. It was just little above fine. Don't know if I'd be reading Crimson Bound anytime soon. But I will must give the writer another chance because of her writing. Not soon. Maybe latter. ☆3 STARS☆ with open heart. I can't open more...Because Ithurts. :/April 22, 2017

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    2019-02-16 21:53

    4,5 CRUEL BEAUTY STARSCruel Beauty is such a beautiful book!! I was really excited to read it because it's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast! So when I saw it was in low price on Amazon I bought it immediately!! I devoured it from the first page!! It was so captivating that I didn't want to put it down!! And one of the things that I loved even more in this book, is that there's Greek mythology in it! So as a Greek reader I find it interesting, because I knew about them!! This book has everything I wanted! The unexpected darkness (this made me love it more), the mythology,the mystery and the romance!!!It's not your typical fairytale...But it's simply unique and brilliant! ."I was raised to marry a monster." Her whole life Nyx was prepared to marry the "Gentle Lord" in order to kill him and save their world from his evil ways.She is a sacrifice for her father's bargain with the "Gentle Lord". But how can she manage to kill him when she has to fight her own demons?I would not say anything else about the story because it's so beautiful and smart...that I think you should read it and see what happens :))))Let's say about the characters..who I loved them so much!!!I liked Nyx a lot!!She is a strong character!She isn't your typical good heroine but she has darkness in her!She tries to kill Ignifex but while she meets him she falls in love with him slowly..What I can say for the "Gentle Lord" or..Ignifex??He is charming!! You cannot help but fell for him even thought that he is her enemy! He teases Nyx all the time and this is what made me love him!!The romance between these two is so worthy!! It takes a while for them to get together.It's so cute how they are always against each other and then they fall in love!!The ending wasn't what I exactly expected, I was a little confused.This is why I give it 4,5 stars..However I believe that the author truly has created something unique!!!With a very popular fairytale..retelling it with fairytale and mythology together!!Amazing!!I'm going to read Gilded Ashes very soon!!

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2019-02-07 14:45

    It seems to me that if you break a thing, you can't complain that it's in pieces.I don't remember the last time I've felt so torn over a book.I don't know how else to put this: Rosamund Hodge's books are so, so messy. They have enough issues that I usually can't imagine giving them five stars. But there's something about her mythology, her gorgeous prose, her compelling characters, and even her romances that works. Her books are the very definition of perfectly imperfect. Sure, some may hate some of her books, but she's worth a try anyway, if only because what she writes is unforgettable. I think it's very fair to say that I love all the concepts presented here. This isn't much of a Beauty and the Beast story; this is a blatant Hades and Persephone retelling. I love that dynamic. I love the idea of this relationship, where two bad people meet in the middle. In fact, I really enjoyed their banter and relationship development. You know what you are, and what you deserve. You lied to me but not to yourself. That's why I love you.I just don't know how much I like the execution.While there's definitely no rape in this story, there are points where non-consensual kissing occurs between the main couple. I don't feel the narrative glorifies these actions– actually, they're decried by the narrative and by Nyx herself– but it really squicked me out. I have been waiting, all my life, for someone undeceived to love me.Now let's talk protagonist, because again, I have no fucking clue how I felt about Nyx. She's complicated, she's flawed, she's badass, she's a little dark– I should love her, right? Well. I don't know if I do, and I don't know if I don't, either. Again, I thought her character arc was messy. It's a good character arc, but she keeps going back and forth, as a character, between developing and not developing. This back-and-forth is a common issue in debut novels, so I'm not particularly surprised; it just annoyed me. I have to say that the love triangle was my least favorite thing about the book. Yes, it's not a typical love triangle; no, I still didn't care for it. What was the point? Nyx's relationship with Shade was a crushing disappointment of instalove. Why couldn't Shade just be a platonic friend? Rosamund Hodge really does like her hopeful, yet imperfect endings. I love them too; I've found all of her books' final scenes absolutely perfect. However, she often gets her readers to those final scenes through some really rushed twists. Pacing her complex plots has never been her strongsuit, and unfortunately, it shows in her often-confusing endings. Despite all the typical debut novel issues, this was a really compelling story and I'm so glad I picked it up. sourceBR with that person who thinks she's my wife :)

  • Stacia (the 2010 club)
    2019-02-18 23:05

    Don't look at the shadows too long, or a demon might look back.4.5 stars. Words - lovely, haunting, beautiful words."That's what makes you my favorite." He reached up and wiped a tear off my cheek with his thumb. "Every wicked bit of you."Words - dark, scary, ominous words.You were sent here to die.Words - damning, horrific, perilous words.I am the plaything of a demon.Words - funny, bantering, entertaining words."I hope you aren't planning to order me back to bed.""No, you have far too much crockery at your disposal."This isn't the Beauty and the Beast of your childhood. Do you dare to seek out the man inside the demon?You will hate and hurt each other and become your own monsters.I'm happy to have found another book to add to my beautiful word porn shelf. Laini Taylor was needing some company. What I didn't like : the weird melting pot of mythology and lore, both new and old, real and imagined. We have the B&B mansion happenings, the greek gods and characters on the outside of the story, and mentions of things which brought me back to our world, such as the day of the dead. It was a bit congested up in this mix.That's about all I didn't like though, so no real major complaints. For once, I didn't mind the lack of fantasy-ish action in this particular story, since I wanted to read a re-telling of the B&B couple itself. While I love female assassins in fantasy, I wasn't a huge fan of Graceling, so that comparison didn't mean squat to me.You may know Beauty and the Beast, but not quite like this.Are you an adult who loves to read and chat about young adult books? Join us over in the Rated YA-MA group!