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Cruel Beauty

On-Sale Date: January 28 2014
Format: Hardcover, 352pp
ISBN# 9780062224736
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Price: $17.99


The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny.

But on her seventeenth birthday, when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is as she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband.

Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart.

For fans of bestselling authors Kristin Cashore and Alex Flinn, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.

Book Description

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom—all because of a reckless bargain her father struck. And since birth, she has been training to kill him.

Betrayed by her family yet bound to obey, Nyx rails against her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, she abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, disarm him, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not 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. But even if she can bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him?

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.

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I started on the book yesterday and I finished it today during school, it was amazing. The first few chapters were pretty boring, but the rest of it was great. The ending was better than expected, and the main character wasn't a total jerk in the end like I thought. I can't wait for more books to come out from Rosamund Hodge


This book was amazing and I love fairytale retellings. This one is a darker story than the Disney movie and has Greek mythology entwined into the story as well, which is another one of my favorites. I did not expect much from this one, but fell in love with it right away.


I love this book SO much. It's in my top ten favorites! I can't wait to read more of Rosamund Hodge's books. Hopefully she writing another retelling.


Not bad for a re-telling. For some reason I just couldn't seem to root for the main character though. Still a good read though.


I'm stunned by how completely amazing this book turned out to be. Cruel Beauty is seriously the best book I've read in months, I can't even begin to describe the sheer awesomeness of it. Gawd... I just loved it!


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