17. pro 2013.

ARC Review - Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Release date: January 28th, 2014
Blazer & Bray

Book summary

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.

       Beauty and the Beast retelling. One of my favorites fairy tales was a story about young girl who gets to be offered to Beast by her father in exchange for a rose. If you think about this story, it is one of the weirdest fairy tales - I remember Jean Cocteau movie adaptation.

      Beautiful and dark. This is not a typical young adult fantasy or paranormal romance. There is nothing light or fluffy as that cartoon adaptation some of us watched as kids. Cruel Beauty is different kind of story. Nyx is not damsel in distress - she is a girl who was raised to save everybody from a monster - no matter the price or what she has to. We are used by now to expect love story in this kind of books. I am not sure that everyone will be happy with that part - let me explain. You know how books like Captive in the Dark or Comfort Food are quite popular lately? (Maybe you even read them.) In those books love - if it can be called love - comes from a very dark place, capture-bonding relationship is main motif and the bad guy is represented as anti-hero we end up loving no matter his wicked ways. I'd say that Rosamund Hodge wrote lighter version of that premise. Something more appropriate for younger readers or for those who like strange characters and plot twists, but still are uncomfortable with extremes of that genre.
I love my stories a little bit darker so I enjoyed reading Cruel Beauty. Characters are... perfect. Author manages to avoid cliches and melodramatic situations, but still gives you something special and magical.

      Standalone novel. One of the most refreshing things is that this book is not a first in the series. If you find this trend of writing sequels after sequels annoying - even after author tells that there would be no more books - this is a right pick for you. Gilded Ashes is a novella that is set in the same fictional world as Cruel Beauty and it will be published in April next year - but it is not sequel or continuation of Nyx's story.

      Who should read it? Fans of original fairy tale. All of you who like a little bit darker fantasy. Everyone who read and loved Falling Under and Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes.

***Note! Copy of this book was provided by publisher, Blazer & Bray, via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.***

Broj komentara: 14:

  1. YES. I reviewed this one today too and really just loved it. I think the dark aspect is some a few readers may struggle with, but I was so drawn to it precisely because of that. Great review, Glass!(:

  2. I loved Falling Under and Dreaming Awake so I'm super excited for Cruel Beauty. I love that its set in a darker tone. It makes it more exciting for me. Thanks for sharing Glass :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

  3. I've been seeing mixed reviews on this one but I'm glad to read a positive review right now because I'll be reading this very soon! The dark of the story is what intrigues me the most. lol

  4. My review for this one is coming up soon as well and I just adored how dark and unique it was!

  5. Interesting. It's a standalone? I didn't know that. Now I want to read this more

  6. Yay Glass! I absolutely adored this book, but it's definitely not a book that will be universally loved I don't think. It was definitely dark, but I'm so drawn to dark books with characters who have depth and grit and Nyx and The Gentle Lord just fit that bill perfectly. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one too!

  7. Great to hear its beautiful and dark and a good retelling!

  8. The sequel trend is driving me insane so I'm glad that it's NOT. Win in my book! I love how Nyx isn't a girl who needs to be saved, but vice versa--she's the savior. Emma Swanish if you could say that. Also, the dark kind of love intrigues me. I wasn't really interested in this, but I see that Jenny loved it and you loved it so--I'M PUTTING THIS ON MY TBR. Thanks for the recommendation, Glass :)

    PS. I really liked the originality of Gwen Hayes' world so yes yes yes :)

  9. Sounds fabulous. I've always loved BatB, and I'm glad this was dark.
    Great review!

  10. I snatched up a copy of this and I am so hoping for a great read. I can do dark retellings and I totally love that it is a stand alone!

  11. I love my stories a bit darker too, and I'm very curious to read this one! Also the fact that it is a standalone is a major win! Awesome review!

  12. I only peeked at your review because I hope to get to this soon, but I'm glad to see you loved it, Glass! "Beautiful and dark" is making me happy.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  13. I sometimes like dark, it depends on my mood. I'll have to keep this one in mind for when I'm in the right mood.

  14. oh a dark version! glad to hear that actually. Do love different take on my favorite fairy tale.



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