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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty
by Rosamund Hodge
HarperCollins
ISBN: 978-0-06-222473-6
Suggested Ages: 13 + (very mild sexuality)
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Description: 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

Random Thoughts
  • Greek Mythology mixed with Beauty and the Beast - truly unique and highly readable
  • Fabulous opening paragraph. Hooked me in right away and didn't let me go
  • Characters are extremely flawed which makes them all so interesting.
  • You are never really sure where the story is going and it keeps you on your toes and totally enthralled
  • Some great uses of dark humour
  • I fell in love with Ignifex right away, but I have always had a thing for the naughty boys - yup even married one
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the ending
  • Nyx was so unusual for YA fiction and I think that is why I enjoyed her so much. She is fierce, defiant and at times very wicked, yet so broken inside that you cannot help to feel for her
  • Reminded me of times of the Bluebeard tale, which was a personal favorite of mine growing up
  • Fantastic cover - I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but lets face it, a good cover makes you pick it up & in this day and age, it makes a difference in terms of sales
  • Pretty impressive for a debut novel
  • Nothing is ever as it seems and it makes you think and would be a fabulous book for discussion
Memorable Quotes/Passages

"He had seen me, in all my ugliness, and never hated me, and in that moment, nothing else mattered."

"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."

"We finish the bottle." I passed it back to him.
Ignifex held it up to the light, squinting to see how much was left. "Mortal customs are more fun than I thought."

"They said that love was terrifying and tender, wild and sweet, and none of it made any sense."

4 Dewey's

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