review: Cruel Beauty

“They said that love was terrifying and tender, wild and sweet, and none of it made any sense. But now I knew that every mad word was true.” 
― Rosamund Hodge, Cruel Beauty

This fairy tale retelling has a beauty, a beast and a cruel destiny

Ahhh. Fairy tale retellings can be absolutely amazing or just be trash. I loved this fairy tale retelling and this one but didn't care of this one. It truly all depends on the retelling, the characters, the setting, the writing and well... basically everything. Cruel Beauty starts like this...

Meet Nyx. She had her future planed out since her mother died. The person who killed her mother is the evil ruler, I knew you couldn't guess it. To pay back, Nyx's father made a bargain with the evil ruler that bargain is that the oldest daughter must marry the evil ruler when she turns seventeen. That daughter is Nyx and she's been training to kill the evil ruler. I know what you mean! Such a secret plan. Now, that's the only thing I got straight because everything else was very confusing. There's a ton of made up religion that is very confusing and Nyx says she believes in it but she really doesn't but then she does. But... I gotta say... that is part of Nyx's personality.

The thing I didn't like was Nyx's couldn't make up her mind. Does she believe in this religion? Does she love the evil lord? Are her and her sister friends again? Does she hate her father? Yes. No? Maybe. Everything was very ahhhhhh then uhhhhhh then noooooo then ughhhhhhh then ahhhhhhh. I think Rosamund was trying to keep me on my toes and have ohmygodohmygodwowowowowahhhhh moments; but it just really annoyed me. That just really.. ugh. Anyway, I did love Nyx curiosity and her independent. She was pretty strong female character which is really fantastic to see.  

My final thoughts are... 

This fairy tale retelling was quite interesting. The religion was very confusing and Nyx's choice making was very annoying but the romance, the evil lord, Nyx and other things turned out to be pretty good. This retelling wasn't trash but wasn't a favorite for me. 

Thank you for reading my review!
 Cruel Beauty was published January 28th 2014 
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 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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  1. Ahh, no! I loved this book when I read it a few years back, but I will be the first to admit that it was all sorts of confusing. Especially that ending. But those photos you took are so pretty, Anna! XD

    1. Such a confusing book, I'm glad you agree with me! Thank you so much Erin! :)


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