Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom - all because of a reckless bargain her father struck. And since birth, she has been training to kill him.
Betrayed by her family yet bound to obey, Nyx rails against her fate. Still, on her 17th birthday, she abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, disarm him, and break the 900-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not 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. But even if she can bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him?
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.
©2014 Rosamund Hodge (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
I didn't like the beginning because the main character sounded like a broken record but she evolved more than most romance adventure heroines do and still stayed herself in a way. It was also striking that she was normal and human in a way most characters aren't. I also liked how much the story captures the imagination and leaves you wondering.
What I liked best about this story is that it was 100% about The heroine. Yes it involved her love interest too, but that it she wasn't boy crazy. Her Decisions were based on more than just one boy.
The accent she gives to the story makes it feel like a fairytale and I loved it.
I listened to this book on a VERY long road trip. It was fun to listen to and stare out the window.
I am very pleased with this find. I am glad I used a credit on it.
I loved this book. Honestly it blew me away. This is not an easy listen necessarily but a beautifully crafted story. I found myself registering to sections so I could savor all of the different nuances. This is a book to be savored. I couldn't stop listening.
Overall, It was very hard for me to focus on the story. I had to constantly rewind it, especially in the middle of the book. The story was great but some of the details, made me feel like the characters were talking around the point. I was thinking just get to the point already in some parts. Other parts had me completely enthralled and wanting more. The story was a tad bit predictable, but overall it was very interesting. I love a good romance.
This book was a great story with a good narrator. The main character, Nyx, is a well rounded and whole person with faults and redeeming qualities. The end was long and lacked the same pacing of the rest of the book. But overall I enjoyed this book.
The plot is INSANELY slow and the narrator's voice dragged. The author spends a great deal of time describing every single room, outfit, meal, person, and furnishing in excruciatingly unnecessary detail. I don't like to add spoilers to a review, so I will just say that I spent the first 15 chapters waiting for something exciting, and when the excitement finally came it was anticlimactic. I think if the unnecessary filler were taken out of the story, this would have been a very enjoyable book, but it just felt like the author was making this story much, much, MUCH longer than it needed to be.
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