Waiting on Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (70)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.
It’s all about spotlighting upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.
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This week I’m eagerly waiting on:

Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Expected publication:  28th January 2014

Publisher: Balzar & Bray

From Goodreads:

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.


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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13 thoughts on “Waiting on Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (70)

    1. Nemo

      That’s cool if you don’t want to read it. I personally quite like unsympathetic characters – Wuthering Heights is my favourite classic book but I don’t actually like any of the major characters!

      1. Rain Jeys

        Well, Wuthering Heights IS one of my all-time favorites, but it’s kind of the exception when it comes to unsympathetic characters. I didn’t like the WIcked Lovely series, for example, because I didn’t like any of the characters. So I’m undecided on Cruel Beauty.

        1. Nemo

          That’s OK to be undecided or even decide NOT to read it. I haven’t read the Wicked Lovely series so I can’t comment.

          1. Nemo

            Hmmm, I don’t know about that. I think it depends on the person. I know I write a BETTER review when I read a book I don’t like, because when I read a book I love I’m too busy going ‘FANGIRL JUST READ THIS OMG!’ to really be coherent. But like I said, there’s nothing wrong with only writing positive reviews.

          2. Rain Jeys

            Hmm. Understood. I find I write better reviews when I can point out examples of what worked really well, rather than trying to find nice ways to review a book I didn’t enjoy.

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