Author: Rosamund Hodge
As the price of a fool’s bargain made by her father, Nyx has to marry the demon that killed her mother and trapped Arcadia under a parchment sky. All her life she trained to kill her husband-to-be so she can free her land and avenge her mother, even if it may cost her life. When she turns seventeen she moved in with Ignifex, her demon husband, equipped with knowledge that can crumble his home. But as time goes on, she discovered that Ignifex is not as bad as everybody likes to think and that he’s the one who kept her land from being devoured by demons. She also learned that in some ways or two her husband is also a prisoner. Nyx eventually fall in love with Ignifex as her husband does to her. The dreadful days that Nyx despised turns into delightful ones while nights that scared Ignifex become spent sleeping beside his wife.
Torn between duties to her family and to her heart, Nyx has to choose whom to betray.
As a Beauty and the Beast retelling, this dark and twisted version is definitely a successful one. It offers new ideas while sticking to the original one and a whole lot more of twists and turns.
This is my first book by Rosamund Hodge and I must say that she didn’t disappoint. I have a high expectation into Cruel Beaty due to its good reviews and those standards are met. It just proved that this book is really something that deserves all the hype about it. I have read a lot of fairytale retellings and by far, Cruel Beauty is one of those in the top of my list.
Nyx character is someone so that can really exist in the real world. Her resentment and bitterness towards her family made her more relatable. She’s very different from the original “Belle” yet she became one of the elements that will make you fall in love with her story. Another thing that I like is that she’s not your typical heroine that will just sit down and wait for her destiny to unravel. Instead, she tries to control her fate.
On the other hand, Ignifex is portrayed as mysterious, and it made the story more interesting. Though a demon, he has a strange way of showing fairness and justice on his actions. He is expected to be cruel but his character shows otherwise. He also shows vulnerability and softness unexpectedly. It balances his character and deeds as a demon so readers will eventually like him.
Another thing to look forward in reading Cruel Beauty is its romance. Nyx and Ignifex’s may be a little instant but still it is something beautiful and pure that blossom between two beastly hearts. And the fact that at first, they do not know whether to kiss or slit each other’s throat really made me eager to read more. It made me so much more engrossed. The love team that Rosamund Hodge made is perfect, they do not only saw each other’s good qualities but also their flaws and beastly cores, and still, they choose to fall in love.
“I had been waiting, all my life, for someone undeceived to love me.”
The setting in this book is another thing that exceed my expectation. The parchment sky idea is genius and added a lot more weight on the character’s responsibility. And the labyrinth of a palace, I truly love. It’s like exploring the palace with Nyx and none of us has any idea on what surprises each door will offer.
In conclusion, i really, really, really love this book. Cruel Beauty is really something to read over and over again. Honestly, I really can’t get over its characters and its plot. This will go straight to my reread list immediately.