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  • Hardcover: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen (28 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062224735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062224736
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HardCover. Pub Date :2014-01-28 Pages: 352 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom. Nyx has always known her fate was to marry him. kill him. and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday. when she moves into his castle high on the kingdoms mountaintop. nothing is as she expected-particularly her charming and beguiling new husband.Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs. yet she cant resist the pull of her sworn enemy-whos gotten in her way by stealing her heart.For fans of bestselling authors Kristin Cashore and Alex Flinn. this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic. a feisty heroine. and a romance...

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2015
Format: Hardcover
A likable main character can make or break a fantasy novel -- it's the difference between an inoffensive plotless story and "Twilight."

And unfortunately, "Cruel Beauty" is hampered severely by a not-very-likable main character, a cold-hearted villain who is also a sexy woobie, and a fantasy world that is intriguing but poorly-sketched out. While the first half of Rosamund Hodge's debut novel is gratingly predictable, she does manage to introduce some interesting twists in the second half... which are usually railroaded by the romance.

Because of a deal her father struck, Nyx has spent her entire life knowing that she will be wed to the ironically named Gentle Lord, Ignifex, the master of the madness-inducing demons. Unsurprisingly, she hates everyone in her family who is involved in this, including the sister who will be safe because of her sacrifice. And when she is finally sent to her new husband's labyrinthine house, she has just one goal: find a way to kill him.

However, Ignifex rather predictably turns out to be incredibly hot, doesn't hurt her, and doesn't have sex with her. Nyx is left to wander through the house with a mysterious, enchanted young man she calls Shade, who looks exactly like Ignifex. But as she gets to know Ignifex better, she learns that he is being controlled by outside forces -- and has secrets that may be her key to stopping him.

One major problem with "Cruel Beauty" is the setting and background... or more precisely, the fact that it's distractingly difficult to even tell what it is. It seems to take place in a Greco-Romanic society set in an alternate Great Britain, with demons and a covered sky...
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By StacieSnape on 23 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Cruel Beauty was a book that I honestly didn't expect to like, where as I might not have loved it , I cant say that I hated it. Cruel Beauty has a lot of similarities to Beauty and The Beast, but Rosamund Hodge took the best bits and made it completely her own.

Eveyone knows the story of Beauty and The Beast right? Young girl agrees to stay in a castle with a hideous beast in her fathers place? Well in Cruel Beauty, Nyx unlike Belle, has always knows that she would end up with Ignifex for a husband. Ignifex is known as the Gentle Lord, the price of demons and Nyx has been training since birth to kill the Gentle Lord and free Aracdia from the curse that was put on the town decades ago. Nyx's mother and father, like so many others, went to Igifex for a favour and came away with much more than they bargained for, leaving Nyx's mother dead and Nyx betrothed to someone before she could even walk.

Once they are married, Nyx starts to see another side to him. Yes he is as cruel as everyone thinks, yes he doesn't seem to have any remorse for the pain he causes people but Nyx finds a piece or her self that connects with the cruelty we see in Ignifex. As we get a little bit deeper into the story we see that Cruel Beauty also has similarities to Rumpelstiltskin, which we see as Ignifex ask his wife every night after dinner before bed, to guess his real name. And in doing so he will be free of his job role of Gentle Lord. At first it seems like just another game, as guessing wrong would leave her dead, but soon we realise that he is just of a prisoner as the rest.

During the day Nyx spends her time with the mysterious Shade, searching for clues to who her husband is, any help to kill him, and the secrets behind the doors that were once looked before she stole the keys.
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Format: Hardcover
This is no Disney fairytale I can tell you that. I expected a Beauty and the Beast retelling to be all hearts and flowers, but Cruel Beauty is a dark and twisted tale of forbidden love and betrayal. So you see how it differs. Of course it has many references to the original such as the enchanted mirror, but when you read this book it fells completely unrelated and a story in its own right.

Nyx the female protagonist is not your stereo-typical heroin who is always selfless and brave to a point when it is unbelievable. She is defiant and bitter, but this makes her relatable because if you were in a situation where you were born to die for others who had never loved you and seen you only as a tool to an end, you wouldn’t be the happiest person alive; far from it. This is why I think that she has to be one of my favourite heroines; she’s not a “hero”. She has her moments of hilarity as well as secrecy, much like Ignifex.

Ignifex who I also love (which was incredibly unexpected). He is the powerful demon Lord that has ruined Nyx’s life and her world, who has the blood of countless on his hands, yet still it’s hard not to fall in love with him. Just like all Roasmund Hodge’s characters he has so much depth past his handsome and witty demeanour.

My one complaint for Cruel Beauty was there was a lot of information dumping about the Greek mythology, and I for one hate when books do this and either skim read it or just skip those chunks, which led to a lot of confusion later on in this incredibly intricate book. But you just have to stick with it because the end will blow you away and answer all your unanswered questions that you hadn’t even realised you had.

I was utterly shocked by this book and more than that by how much I actually liked it!
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