Book review: CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge

Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Daniela’s rating: 2.5 stars

Daniela’s review

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.

Well… bah.

I’ve been in this stupid funk and I can’t seem to get out of it. I’ve only been reading books that end up getting 2.5 stars from me. What’s going on? Can’t I pick something I’ll like anymore?

It’s getting so frustrating and sad.

Anyways, I was expecting a lot more from this book. It started off ok, I was entertained and intrigued by what was going on. We have a girl who’s entire life has been told that she’s this sacrifice. She has to go and marry the one evilest of them all. The monster that keeps everyone at bay, scared that he’ll just kill them all. So she does, but she’s in for something completely different to what she wasn’t expecting, what she’d been told her entire life.

The book itself is kind of slow and the timeline itself is kind of weird. It feels like no time has passed, and she’s living eternal days, because the transitions aren’t that obvious. But then, some things happen way too fast, like she was falling in love way too fast and she was making decisions no one with her upbringing would. It was weird and I couldn’t relate to her or feel for her. The timeline itself was way too confusing, I wondered a lot if maybe I was getting the whole concept of time wrong, and I’m pretty sure I was and that was too frustrating. By the middle of the book, it got a bit more shape, but still.

I think there were a bunch of unanswered questions by the time I finished it. The ending felt rushed and it felt like it didn’t explain anything, more like left a bunch of new questions up in the air and I know there won’t be any answers, since the second book of the series is about different characters.

So… yeah.



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