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Cruel Beauty Audiobook

Cruel Beauty

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    E CYPRESS, TX, US 03-09-14
    E CYPRESS, TX, US 03-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Rocky Start epic finish."

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheekyreviews 05-05-17 Member Since 2013
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    "What a ride!"
    If you could sum up Cruel Beauty in three words, what would they be?

    It is a charming retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a lot of cute twists and interesting turns that kept me in love from beginning to end.


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    Doha New York, NY, United States 03-11-17
    Doha New York, NY, United States 03-11-17 Member Since 2010

    I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now

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    "Really Disappointed"

    I was so excited to finally read this book because of all the hype surrounding it, and also I just wanted to read a retelling of one of my favorite stories of all time, sadly this book wasn't what I was looking for .. it was dark and mysterious but also boring like crazy and annoyed me to no end
    so we have Nyx who is raised to kill this demon lord by marrying him and she is afraid and hates her father and sister for putting her through this and not bothering to save her .. I was so invested in her character and I really wanted to know how will she do when she is married to him .. and then .. she happened, I realized Nyx was just as stupid as Bella from the Twilight saga .. she have no redeeming quality nor the Gentle Lord for that matter .. their love story was so annoying and I couldn't ship them together at all .. god it was such a disaster for my brain

    The Narration was OK I guess .. but I felt it was a bit stiff and no range of voices there .. but it was fairytale-ish and got me in that dark mood of the story

    I really wanted to like this book but sadly it disappointed me to no end

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    Amazon Customer 03-05-17

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    "Fabulous"

    Another stunner from both author and narrator. Richly imagined, ingenious use of Roman mythology, layered and nuanced. A cutting look at human nature and unconditional love.

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    Rachel Harris 02-17-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Way too much crammed in this story"

    There's was way too much going on, it's like steampunk, but not, beauty and the beasy, but not, and there's a weird love triangle thing going on. The main character hates everyone and everything is then is constantly feeling guilty for being so hateful. It was difficult to finish.

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    Labrittney 02-03-17
    Labrittney 02-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "love love love!!! this book is amazing & beautiful"

    this book was beautifully written, suspense and romance and magic!! i can't express how much i loved this novel

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    Amazon Customer Fredericton 10-14-16
    Amazon Customer Fredericton 10-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "where was the editor?"

    although I finally got caught up in the story..it was a struggle for the first third of the book. it seemed like endless repetitions of "I was born to save my country, I was raised for this task, oh I don't want my sister to hate me". it started to feel like the author was filibustering her own book, or trying to beat the reader over the head. fortunately the writing smoothed out and the plot moved on. throughout it all, with the description, phrasing and plot, it was apparent that this writer would become a good writer and her capability for interesting plots and twists would only get better

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    Amazon Customer 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfection woven into a book"

    I loved Cruel Beauty! I had been looking for a book that I could obsess over and after searching for a long time I finally found it. It has become my favorite book. I loved it from beginning through end and I just wished this was a series instead of a stand alone. The voice who narrated the story could not have been more perfect and she took the story to a whole new level. I'm still dreaming of the day when this standalone becomes a series and I shall not lose hope! The romance was beautiful and I'll forever be in love with this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessi 08-22-16
    Jessi 08-22-16 Member Since 2016

    I have lots of kids so I can't sit around anymore and read like I wish I could. So I fold clothes, wash dishes and listen to books.

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    "I'm torn but amazed"
    Would you listen to Cruel Beauty again? Why?

    Parts of it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ignifex because he's a bit of a Mr Darcy


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she's getting to know Shade


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book. It kept me interested. I felt the love was just a touch insta love and that the characters could have been a bit deeper. I agree with people who say it fell short. It did fall just under what it could have been. But I liked it and the ending was great. A bit gothic which I don't hate. All in all it was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 07-03-16
    Stephen 07-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Unique, fantastic story w/near perfect narration"

    There are other reviews that sum this gem up as well or better than I can. Narrator's voice, cadence, pacing was just spot on. Story itself was probably the best YA material I've come across yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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