Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Series: Cruel Beauty Universe (#1)
Rating: ★ ★ ☆☆☆

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.

Goddamn it. I wanted to like this one. Hell, I expected to like this one. Sadly, I did not like this one. I almost don’t even have the energy to review it because I’m just so fucking disappointed that I want to forget about it and pretend it never happened.

So here you go. One lazy ass review:

Nyx is a sacrifice. Her asshole of a father made a deal with a demon to beget children on her mother. Like every other deal EVER made with a bad guy, it blows up in his face. His wife suffers the consequences. His eldest daughter suffers the consequences. He goes on his happy asshole way (view spoiler).

Nyx is forced to marry the bad guy while her younger sister gets to bask in the love and affection of their parental units. It’s okay, Nyx doesn’t need their love. Her righteous fury sustains her. She’s going to end her husband and his cruel reign over her kingdom! But then she meets him. And then she meets the enslaved shadow of said bad guy.

Enter double insta-love and a love triangle. Enter one fickle fucking MC. She loves one. No wait, she doesn’t. She loves the other. Oops, I mean the first guy is really bad so she doesn’t love him. Er, I mean the SECOND one is bad so she doesn’t love him. She loves them both. *kissy faces* One betrays her. She DEFINITELY loves the other. Enter selfish bliss.

She hates her family. She loves her family. But she really hates her family. I mean she WANTS to love them. But doesn’t. Or does she? She’s going to betray them all. But then she visits her asshole little sister. No, no, she’s going to betray her twu wuv now. She definitely loves him though. Or was it the other?


Oh and some other stuff happened too. Sort of. I’m not going to get into it because I could basically complain about EVERYTHING.

The drama, it killed me. The ending, is a HEA. The fucks, I did not give a single one.



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    April 28, 2016

    After reading most of your reviews, only one thing comes to my mind:PMS.
    You are quite unfair to most of the books. Just because you did not like some character, you ignore other aspects like plot etc. of a book. You get stuck on the thing or the character (usually the latter) that you hate and go on and on about it. Your reviews seem more like an emotional rant with no logic behind it.
    And what’s with all the cursing? There is a thing called a ‘dictionary’. Consult it the next time you write a review .
    Many times you get personal and end up bullying the author. And the fact that you get a lot of reads is highly disturbing. It feels exactly like a high school where the ‘mean’ girl / the bully, instead of being ignored, gets worshipped and gains a lot of followers.
    I am not an intolerant person but I couldn’t help it. I just HAD to say something.

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      August 18, 2016

      *consults with dictionary*
      Fuck off.

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    May 30, 2016

    I agree with the above person(regarding this review, at least). This book, while not being excellent, has a lot going for it. The world building is quite interesting, as are the characters. The romance could be done way better, but even when I factor all of it together, I wouldn’t give it two stars.

    I found Nyx to be a wonderful protagonist, and I really liked that she was not all perfect. She was jealous of her sister, she was scared and angry, and it showed. I loved her sister too, even though we saw little of her. I loved the mythological and fairy tale aspects woven into the story, I loved the descriptions of the wedding ceremonies and hermetic symbols and how they worked, and I absolutely loved the Gentle Lord’s house. It reminded me a lot of Diana Wynne Jones and I loved the darkness woven into this and the idea of the shadow demons was simply brilliant.The romance needed working on, definitely, but there was so much more than just romance in this. I came for the romance, stayed for the writing, characters, and world building and because of the awesome other stuff, I could handle the romance. I would give it 3.5, maybe even a 4. Definitely something I might want to reread again just for the Gentle Lord’s house.

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      August 18, 2016

      Great. Glad it worked out better for you than it did me. Not sure what the point of your comment is. To convince me that my opinion is wrong and that yours is right? Not gonna happen. We disagree. Clearly. I feel no need to rebut all of you points with counterarguments. Plus, I read this book so long ago that I barely remember it.