Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
4 / 5 stars
Goodreads description: Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.
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.
This was fast paced and sweet – just how I like my books to be!
When I first laid my eyes upon this book all I could see was that it was retelling of Beauty and the Beast and that made me pick it up because retellings of any kind are my second favorite thing in books (the first one are love to hate relationships, duh).
As a retelling it was good, a bit different than thw original story but still had the aspects of it that I just adore.
The most interesting thing to me was the mythology. I never expected this kind of retelling would have Greek mythology and that just blew my mind. As a big fan of mythology (especially Greek!) my favourite part were the stories and myths Nyx would say. They were so interesting and I loved them. I had a problem with one story, though, that the author totally changed and it was a different than the original myth. I didn’t like that since it’s a very important and famous myth (I’m talking about Pandora and Prometheus here, Pandora wasn’t in love with Prometheus as it says in this book she was actually married to his brother) but I read somewhere that this version from the book is from an older myth so that calmed me down a bit.
Romance was how I expected it to be but I felt that it all went down too fast. Also, I had a huge problem with Shade and I wish he weren’t a character in this book at all.
I didn’t understand what happened at the ending so if somebody did, would you be so kind to explain it to me.
Still, I liked it but I’m not sure if I’ll be reading the second book. Who knows, I might be picking it up some time but I don’t think it will be soon.