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Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review: Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty 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.
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Balzer + Bray 

How do you prepared yourself for a curse? How do you prepare youself when your life was bargained even before you were born?

Nxy had to learn how to fight in hopes to kill the evil prince Ignifex who bargains people's life, and if they don't say it the right way then you end up getting more than you bargain for.

The people of the kingdom are hoping that Nyx can end this curse that is upon their land but is Nyx strong enough to actually fulfilled what they expect from her? 

I give this an 2.5 Cat Tails Up, it just lack what my perspective of the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast.

MEOW . . . MEOW . . . MEOW
This book really REALLY took a long time to get to certain points and part of the reasons why it took me a while to finish the book was because of the lack of adventures and excitement in the book. I really thought it would have a similarity to the Beauty and the Beast story that I know but so much of it was lost in myths and legends explanations which really bored me. 

The lack of where Nyx has to kill this evil ruler of the kingdom that got an 900 year old curse that everyone relies on her to break. The book really didn't mention a whole lot about this "Curse" and the basic part of it was about the true prince of the kingdom and what he bargained with the GODS.

I like some of the details as far the visual aspect of the book but it also got me a little confused at the same time. I wish there was some more of a romantic aspect, I mean the thing with Shade whose a Shadow was interesting at the beginning but then it dissipate and somehow Shade turn against Nyx which I didn't understand.

If Nyx is supposed to kill Ignifex why not some sparring? I mean he timdates Nyx enough that you would think she would want to fight even if it not him being serious. But he said that he'll let her go if she figures out his name which proves to be more a challenge with interchanging rooms and halls.

The Ending was MEH I didn't know what to think apart that I kind of figure out that Shade was the actual prince but why did Nyx end up home after he made another plea bargain? I couldn't tell if he did that to save her from the bargaining God or what, I was just extremely confused.  

This book did not do it for me as far as the fairy tale of beauty and the beast, not even close which is disappointing because I had hope for if and had also consider gifting this book to a friend who loves beauty and the beauty. 


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