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Let me say it now Cruel Beauty is one fantastic, gorgeously written, spectacularly dark debut Many of its aspects may not appeal to some readers, and I understand that although I really loved how the romance in Cruel Beauty and the love triangle note the quotation marks don t run off played out, I do understand why some other readers, a handful of my friends amongst them, take issue with much of this novel But honestly, it s been over a week since I ve finished Cruel Beauty, and I have truly nothing negative to say about it, other than the fact that the world building and terminology may be a bit overwhelming at first However, when I got accustomed to the world in Cruel Beauty, and got a grasp on where Hodge was going with the story around fifty pages in, I was absolute putty in this book s hand Cruel Beauty is a very ambitious novel, and it s one that will likely throw some readers off in how odd it is it s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, with some Greek mythology thrown in, a whole lot of fantasy, a maybe even a hint of dystopian aspects, and trust me when I say it s all handled really, really well What could have easily been a convoluted and silly novel instead incorporated each and every one of those aforementioned plot points seamlessly Nyx is a strong willed character, and is at times a bit frustrating, but she is also one of the most realistic characters I ve read about this year After all the things she goes through in the novel, she s understandably angry and fickle regarding whom she truly loves, and why In reality, I think anyone would react similar to how Nyx reacted if they were placed in the same situation as her As well as being an authentic character, she does eventually grow past the anger that was so evidently boiling up inside her in the beginning of the novel, but she never truly gets past it, much like anyone wouldn t And that s why I love her character arc and development you may be just as frustrated as Nyx is with her anger and fickleness, but you can t deny that her emotions are real, and you d react the same In any other novel, with any other character, Nyx s actions may just have annoyed me I m aware of this but in Cruel Beauty, Rosamund Hodge creates a character in Nyx that is, while not always likable, wholly relatable, and that is a great feat in my eyes And then there s Ignifex, who is one charming little bastard, and I ll leave it at that There are muchthings for me to touch upon in regards to the romance in this novel, all of which are spoilers So I m just going to let the readers of this unravel the mysteries of this romance on their own And trust me, it s something you ll want to discover on your own The romance is something you ll either love or hate see below , but it is definitely intriguing and original But yes, Ignifex awesome, complex character, with a unique and surprising backstoryyes Yes, yes, yes Lovers of Cole from the Everneath series by Brodi Ashton, this guy s for you I think Cruel Beauty is a novel that will have some pretty contrasting opinions once it s published Although some think its romance is insta love which I disagree with since it was said that five months passed before any love thoughts occurred, but I digress with an unnecessary love triangle which I also respectfully disagree with because of reasons, but you all know how I feel about love triangles , I found Cruel Beauty to be a truly beautiful and stunningly original debut With it, Rosamund Hodge has taken some aspects from Beauty and the Beast that manage to make the novel stand out as an adaptation, but she also introduces so many new concepts of her own to make the ageless tale as old as time we all love even lovelier. 3.25 3.5 StarsLast night I got a bee up my ass and decided to count and see how many unread physical books I have on my home library shelvesand let s just say the number was pretty shameful Thus, I decided it was time to cull the herd So decided I would try the cliched booktube trend of reading first chapters of books that have been on my shelves awhileunhauling anything that didn t at least mildly capture my attention This book has been on my shelves the longest, so I grabbed it and figured I d read one chapter and set it aside in the donate pile342 pages later, I can proudly say I unhauled one fucking book But it s now a read book So nanner nanner nanner I really enjoyed certain elements of this story and was obviously drawn in from the very first page I thought the ending got a little dicey as far as plot details and general continuity is concernedAnd I feel like the romance love was never truly cemented enough for my tastesbut all in all a decent story I m glad I readIf only so I can say I read a book from my shelves I had started to think I never would get to A truly satisfying feeling. 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 HimWith 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 PeopleBut Ignifex Is Not At All What Nyx Expected The Strangely Charming Lord Beguiles Her, And His Castle A Shifting Maze Of Magical Rooms Enthralls HerAs 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 Important The Future Of Her Kingdom, Or The Man She Was Never Supposed To Love For one moment, I felt like a river running down to his ocean.i feel like i need to drop a few lines here about what, precisely, i felt was lacking in this story i so rarely throw down a fewer than three stars rating on here, i figure an explanation may be helpful i m not going to go into too much plot detail, since there are a bazillion reviews of this book already on here i just want to have a record of my own reaction, for the day when some stranger asks me WHYYYYYYYYYYYY i didn t like this there are a few reasons.1 i am confusedon paper, the concept of fusing multiple fairytales with classical mythology is exciting and should make for a pleasantly dense story that is at once comfortably familiar but also studded with surprising AHA moments as the overlaps and contrasts begin to manifest however there wasn t a true marriage between the elements here their presence wasdecorative than functional, and while it occasionally meshed well, overall it was just too cluttered it s like when you have a really delicious cupcake and it s already got a tasty frosting on top but then someone thinks add gummy worms and it throws off the texture and the taste and you have to chew SO MUCH you forget about how tasty the cupcake was because you re so focused on not choking to death 2 nyx, the heroine of this book and NOT the greek goddess of night whose name is a bit problematic in a book that incorporates so many other aspects of greek mythology and in which darkness shadows but not specifically nighttime are a preoccupation anyway, her she s meant to be the sacrifice and savior of her people, trained since she was a little girl in both fighting and magical arts and yet she is not at all a badass heroine once she gets to the castle, she s completely directionless, which makes the book directionless she s inconsistent, unstable, easily distracted, prone to violent and short lived outbursts that simmer down into grumbling recriminations directed at multiple targets it s emotional whiplash with her sister, she is loving and resentful, protective and hurtful, with ignifex, she goes from attraction to attempted homicide and back again in the blink of an eye the inconsistency makes it confusing and difficult to root for her to succeed, because it s hard to know what success would even look like, with all the cross purposes and competing goals and obstacles.3 bizarre love trianglethis book is best categorized as a fantasy romance, but i was completely unmoved by the romance itself which yes, is a familiar feeling for me, since i m not a fan of romances, so i m an easy target for your accusations of not being the right audience howevs, even when i read a romance that doesn t make me swoon or whatever, i can usually understand why it would work for other readers i can see that the bones heh of the relationship are solid and why the two would fall for each other and why readers would cheer but this one this is such a perfunctory romance that exists only because we are told it exists technically it s a love triangle, and it s at least an interesting version of a love triangle, but it s also the worst kind of instalove because it s unfounded, unearned, and circumstantially selfish those are the big three complaints, and all i can muster as a review right now i still really want to read the second book in this standalone series i think there s a great story underneath all this clutter and i am really rooting for it to manifest in the second installment at the very least, i am excited because it s a love story between a monsterfighting girl and a boy with no hands which is pretty hot my guess is that some joker broke into my digital copy of this and gleefully altered its contents transforming it from the amazing, life changing book everyone is raving about into some half baked romance featuring a sloppy and confusing mythos mashup and completely lacking in either emotional tension or a cohesive narrative.this is either some sort of magic eye puzzle i m just not equipped to see or i have forgotten how to read books.maybe i ll review this further tomorrow, or maybe i ll take a nap.come to my blog One of the Best, Angriest, Cruelest, Beautiful Retellings..Not just a different retelling of a story as old of time ,But it also mixed with as many of ancient Greek Myths.And by the end you ll feel that it s came so, Original Even if you hated it, got angry by the middle of it. you ll appreciate the ending..that will make amends..makes you see the whole picture betterwith the tricks of time InstaLove Mini English Review Well, I loved the beginningpromising of Dark, Cruel Beauty and the Beast retelling..mind the spitful, cruel, protagonist that in need for a serious Anger Managementnot the beast, nope..the girl actually made me really angry most of the time Oh and don t expect that since she s the cruel angry one here she d marry a gentle beast..nooo, he s like Lucifer himself.Well, this angry bride, full of hatred. is destined since she was very young to marry a monster.And as most YAsshe will fall in love with him, and again, as most YAs, she have feelings for his servant, his Shadow, Shade.So..the story after the strong introduction and good setting, turned fast to feminine dull slow rantwith Love Triangle.., It was as boring as Uprooted, and bit of A Thousand Nights s dryness..But it was only adorned with Greek mythology every now and then that made me feel better. some real myths like Pandora s Box myth, and some strange as Nanny Anna and Tom Alone..But still , I felt bored in the middle many times wanna spit as the protagonist having the same urge to spit on everyone.But the concept of the myth of Kindly One , and the wishes, the barging of the Gentle lord is amazing..That was an interesting plot here, people can t understand actually what they wish forThat their wishes has a price..AND then comes the strong last few chapters and the end. and what an ending ONE OF THE BEST ENDINGS I ve ever read.Where the moral of this Cruel Story, the contradictions of human nature, how the cruelty is compassion and how we never understand what we wish for..How there s no pure goodno pure evil.God, I just loved the endingand appreciate the story muchthan I expected..It s a retelling that worth the reading really.Mohanmed ArabeyFrom 14 Feb 2017To 17 Feb 2017 illustrator of the art at the beginning of the review I loved the first 100 pages of this book so much that i was 99% sure it d be a 4 or 5 star book I loved the writing and the main character s sass, and the Dark Lord or whatever his title is was REALLY interesting But holy moly, this book does a 180 It starts out strong but turns into trash HORRID instalove, obnoxious and confusing love triangle , and I was completely baffled by the world magic system I m not sure if it s because I listened to it on audio, but i am SO confused by everything It tries to incorporate both mythology and elemental magic, and it just did not work for me I was so confused on who all the different magical entities were that controlled the world and none of it made sense to me whatsoever I m still roiling a bit on what just happened there at the end because it also starts to pull in time travle literaly what I will not be continuing this series and I would not recommend this one. I have to give the narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden, some credit here She tried She really, really tried to salvage this book by giving the main character tons of personality, but not even she could change the source material The fact is that Cruel Beauty made absolutely no damn sense.How does the magic work I dunno.Who are the real bad guys I dunno.Wait, what s the SECRET Well, I dunno because Nyx learns it and then FORGETS it on the next page to conveniently keep the plot rolling Awesome.HUH There s time travel.Maybe, but not really It s a SECRET that you ll never find out and or stop caring about.Cruel Beauty was like a mixing pot of great ideas that didn t get mixed very well The oil rose to the top and the cake fell flat Also, I have no idea what the hell I m talking about, kinda like this book But the narrator s voice was nice. I love you, he said I love youthan any other creature, because you are cruel, and kind, and alive Nyx Triskelion, will you be my wife Ignifex touched my cheek very gently, as if I were a bird that might be startled into flight Finally I met his eyes And, I said I suppose I do love you Then he pulled me into his arms Cruel Beautyan enchanting blend of the classicBeauty and the Beastfairytale and a touch of Greek mythology was one of the wildest, cruelest, most beautiful books I ve ever read Its constantly dark atmosphere haunts you throughout, and the painfully slow burn of romance only adds to its thrill.Nyx Triskelion has been betrothed since birth to the evil ruler of her kingdom, the Gentle Lord, all because of a foolish bargain her father made before she was even born And since birth, she has been trained as a warrior with one purpose to kill him With no choice but to fulfil her duty, Nyx s heart is filled with resentment for her family and hatred for herself, but on her seventeenth birthday, she still abandons everything she s ever known to marry the all powerful, immortal Ignifex Her plan is to seduce him, destroy his castle, and break the nine hundred year old curse on her people.But Ignifex isn t what Nyx expected strangely, she finds herself drawn to his charms and enthralled by the shifting maze that is his castle 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 isimportant the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love BecauseCruel Beautyis a tale of romance, and this review wouldn t sufficiently cover everything I loved about it if it didn t touch on Nyx and Ignifex, I m going to begin hereI want my world free I stepped toward him I want my sister never to have been hurt by me I took his hands And I want you to say that you love me againNyx has a black heart full of hatred and poison, and Ignifex has a heart full of malice and amusement Their banter was hilarious and spiked with barbs, and their constant dance around each other was amusing to watchShut up, I snarled, and stopped his mouth with a kiss I stunned him for only a moment then he locked his arms around me and kissed me back as fiercely as the sunlight beating down on my back, and for a few minutes we said nothing at all I didn t know why I had ever felt that he could dissolve or unmake me this kiss felt like coming alive, and I was helpless only in the way that I was helpless to stop my heart from beatingWhat I was really looking forward to was the enemies to lovers playout, and it didn t disappoint at all Nyx and Ignifex s romance was built up really slowly, and for a time, I even wondered if it was going to happen at all Yet now that I think back, the beauty of it is in the delay where they both fell for each other without realising And then they fully captured my heartThey 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 For Ignifex was still himself, still mocking and wild and inhuman, terrible as a legion arrayed for war but in my arms he became gentle, and his kisses were sweeter than wineWhen Ignifex finally opened his heart enough to trust Nyx and let his guard down around her, I swear I was smiling so wideYou seem to be recovered, he said I hope you aren t planning to order me back to bed No, you have far too much crockery at your disposal He sat down beside me and started piling apples into a tower You are losing your ability to terrify me, I observed after his apple tower had fallen twiceThere s wonderful world building as well Every little detail of the fantasy world was fleshed out so well Rosamund Hodge really has the ability to sweep you away into her world, and from time to time it felt like I was right there, under the parchment sky and in the dark ruin of the castle, with shadows creeping all around me and doors that opened ontodoors Nyx was a breath of fresh air She was a heroine with a black heart, and I really enjoyed being inside her head If I had to describe her, I d say she was a villain at heart, yet conditioned to fight on the right side But she was a glorious antihero, and I was so soft when Ignifex saw all the poison in her heart and loved her anyway And her strong personality isn t eroded by love oh no it isn t You ll have to read it to see what I mean The touch of Greek mythology in the plot was something that captivated me throughout the book I ve always been fascinated by the Greek myths and combine that with aBeauty and the Beastretelling Count me in I ll admit the first part of the story was a little ambiguous, but when all the loose threads were tied up and the book sped towards its ending, I couldn t put it downCruel Beautyis a dark, romantic, twisted tale that is bound to dazzle you and steal your heart I m not sure it fully merits 5 stars, but I m still giving it the highest possible rating anyway I can t find the words to explain why I love this book I just do.While I was writing this review, a song came on shuffle and I realised it reminds me so much of Nyx and Ignifex So I m going to leave it here, at the end Enjoy Fading Vallis Alps i ve been wanting to pick this up for a long time.here we go I don t know if Cruel Beauty truly deserved five stars on merit but goddamnit I m awarding it all the points for enjoyability All of them I loved the hell out of this story The passion The intrigue Ignifex Nyx s rage Ignifex All the kissing Nyx.This book kind of had it all for me Plot, mystery, intrigue and a whole lot of making out It s almost like Hodge was trying to distract me from the crazy plotholes and loose story structure It was fantastic I haven t been this entertained by a book in ages I immediately went out and bought a copy I got mine from the library.So if you re into mythology and kissing and just looking for something eminently, page turningly good, then this is your book.This is only a mini review as I wrote a guide to Beauty and the Beast retellings here. If one of us had to die, it ought to be the one with poison in her heart. Actual rating 3.5Maybe it s just me, but I ve rarely encountered a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I haven t loved Ok, except Beastly That abomination was just horrible all the way around And let s not even mention the movie Some people just have the kind of face that just begs for an encounter with my fist, and pretty boy Pettyfer is one of them But I digress.This was a very enjoyable read, though not without its faults It is supposed to be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but I felt like it had hints of the fairy tales Rumpelstiltskin and Bluekbeard as well I can go on for days about the plot, setting, grammatical structure blah blah blah, but let s be honest, what makes or breaks a book is its narrator If you don t like the narrator, screw the rest of the book I really liked this book s main character, Nyx.I like my heroines flawed, strong, and strong willed I like it when they re angry I like it when they re defiant I like it when they lose control I like it when they snap like a rubber band strung past its tautness I like it when they see their own weakness I love it when they fall apart I love it when they hurt someone they love, while hating themselves for it because they are past their breaking point Nyx is strong, but not to the point where her overwhelming bitchiness eclipse the book she never, ever, ever comes off as bitchy.I do have a few problems with Nyx, and my problem with her ties into the plot as well, my main complaint about this book is that it is just overwhelmingly romantic at times But Khanh you protest, It s a romance novel, I mean, it s based off a fairy tale, what did you fucking expect Well, yes, my friends, it is a fairy tale, but the premise promised methan that It promised me intrigue, it promised me a kick ass heroine, one who is the savior of her people, one who will sacrifice herself and become a killer of an evil immortal I didn t exactly get that.I wanted bad assery I wantedplotting I wanted an assassin Instead, I got not a lot of plotting, I got a lot of illicit kissing, I got a lot of falling in love As beautiful as this book was, it felt to me that the MAIN plot of mayhem and murder got tossed aside for a love triangle It wasn t exactly Throne of Glass bad, but it bothered me a lot the way Nyx skirted her mission for romance and dreams In terms of plotting, the second half of the book was a big mess of confusion for me.The Summary Some people are born to a grand destiny, others have it forced upon them Nyx was born to be a sacrifice Demons have control of the country of Arcadia There is no sun, there is only a parchment paper sky, painted with an artifice of the sun Her country lives in fear To gaze upon the demons is to lose your mind as the shadows prey upon your soul For 900 years, this has been Arcadia s curse.Nyx was intended by her father to be the savior of her people It means she will most definitely die Her father made a deal with the king of the demons, the Gentle Lord in exchange, Nyx will be given in marriage to the Gentle Lord when she turns 17 In return, her beloved twin sister, Astraia, will be able to live a normal, happy life Nyx truly loves her twin sister, the innocent, sweet Astraia, but it is so hard not to feel resentment at one who has been the recipient of all their father s love, while knowing that her happiness will come at the cost of your own, but she is determined to fulfil her mission I had broken my sister s heart I would never see her again, so I could never beg her forgiveness I had let hatred fester in me so long, I didn t think I could ever learn to love her properly, either But I could make sure she lived free of the Gentle Lord, no longer afraid of his demons, with the true sun shining down upon her. Nyx has been groomed half her life to be the Gentle Lord s bride, but her father and his secret society has other plans for her she will marry him, she will seduce him, she will kill him Nyx will save Arcadia from the demons.The Gentle Lord is not what she expected He tells her to call her Ignifex, but that s not his true name Instead of ravishing her, he leaves her in a tenuous peace He has but two rules for her which are so reminiscent to me of Rumpelstiltskin and BlackbeardOne Every night I will offer you the chance to guess my name If you guess right, you have your freedom If you guess wrong, you die Rule two Most of the doors in this house are locked This key will open all the rooms you are permitted to enter Do not try to enter the other rooms or you will regret it dearlythough not for very longInstead of someone unimaginably cruel, the stuff of nightmares, she finds him full of laughter, full of mockery, full of games He likes her spirit, he likes her defiance I do like a wife with a little malice in her heart. But Ignifex is also capable of unimaginable cruelty he makes her shudder with fear Unexpectedly, she finds an ally in his magical castle, one named Shade One who is close to the Gentle Lord, but who can never betray him.Who can Nyx trust The Setting Interestingbut it didn t quite work for me The setting is not the star here, and it s a rather vague alternative universe that is rather jarring at times It is based off of an ancient Greco Roman world, as far as I can tell, gods and goddesses in the Greek Pantheon such as Aphrodite and Hermes and Zeus are mentioned, and it seems as if they are part of the traditional belief system There is a vague system of magic, alchemy of sort, called the Hermetic sciences There is not much detail given about this world, short of the fact that it exists under a dome of parchment sky due to a demonic curse, and honestlyI just didn t get it I never felt immersed in the actual setting The names and places are strange, you have all these Grecian based names like Damascus and Adamastos and all of a suddenLily Martin What the fuck The castle itself and the setting are a lotwell done This book truly runs very parallel to Beauty and the Beast in that regards We have a magical shifting castle, we have wondrous ballrooms filled with sparkling water We have ivy covered libraries We have a wondrous library, we have a magical wardrobe I NEED ONE FOR CHRISTMAS , we have invisible hands conjuring up feasts and utensils except without the singing and dancing, the best part , we have a forbidden object.But of course, all is not wondrous, and some corners of the castle is filled with horror My fingers found cloth, then something soft and cold.I shuddered, but my mind refused to recognize it until I groped farther and my fingers slid past teeth into a cold, wet mouth.With a scream, I bolted back against the door I rubbed my hand viciously against my skirt, but the fabric could not wipe away the memory of touching the dead girl s tongue.The dead wife s tongue Because now my eyes were growing truly accustomed to the light, and I could see all eight of them, laid out on their stone blocks as if stored for future use. Dead wives Shadowy horrors that drives a person into madness The castle is equally splendid and sinister.The Characterization I really liked Nyx She was frustrating to me at times, but overall, I felt she was a really good, flawed character Nyx is so, so very angry at the beginning of the novel, and I seethed with anger along with her She has been dealt a crappy blow by the fates, and who can blame her for her bitterness Nyx has been doomed since she was born, thanks to her parents selfishness I hate you Mother , I prayed silently Father only bargained for your sake If you had not been so weak, so desperate, I would not be doomed I hate you, Mother, forever and ever. I love a good depiction of sisterly relationships, and Nyx s relationship with her twin sister, Astraia, was so well done There is absolutely no doubt that Nyx adores her sister while simultaneously hating her as well Astraia has been adored by everyone since she was born, while her twin sister, Nyx, has been groomed to die Nyx has lived her life in resentment, and who can blame her for that Even so, she never, ever shows her bright, innocent sister any hate until she is overwhelmed by her emotions on the day of her weddingwhich might as well have been a funeral I had thought the words so often, they felt like nothing in my mouth, like nothan a breath of air, and as easily as breathing I went on The truth is, Mother died because of you, and now I have to die for your sake too And neither one of us will ever forgive you Then I shoved her aside and strode out of the room. Nyx speaks her mind, regrets it immediately, and spends the rest of the book tortured by those final words to her beloved sister.Nyx has spunk, she has fire Instead of cowering to Ignifex, she turns against him, surprising him and herselfand earns his respect in the process She hates Ignifex, but Nyx is not a person of absolute cruelty Despite herself, she is a gentle person, she wants to bethan that girl with hatred in her heart Despite knowing Ignifex is evil, she finds that she is unable to ignore someone when they are in pain She is better than that She wants to be better than that But I was a girl who had broken her sister s heart and for a moment liked it I had left somebody in torment and liked it.I didn t want to keep being that person. The Romance It was well done, but there were entirely way too fucking much of it As I said above, there were too much romance at the expense of the actual plot Once Nyx got into the castle, I expected her to plot, to finalize her plan to kill Ignifex She didn t She spends her time moping She spends her time making googly eyes at Shade, then after resisting Ignifex who is technically her husband , slowly lowers her resistancethen kisses Shade Then kisses Shade someCOME ON, YOU RE SUPPOSED TO BE PLOTTING TO KILL THE EVIL GUY What pisses me off is that Nyx and her father has a plan to kill Ignifex using Hermetic sciences and she did not follow through except in the most halfhearted way Instead, this is what we get It was nothing like kissing Shade That had been like a dream that slowly enfolded me this was like a battle or a dance Ignifex took possession of my mouth and I took possession of his, and we held each other in a perilous, perfect balance like the circulation of the planets. Less romance,plot, please.Thanks to the wonderful Faye for lending me this book I received this book as an Advance Review Copy all quotes are taken from an uncorrected galley and is subject to change in the final edition.