Original Title: Cruel Beauty
Year Published: 2014
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Number of Pages: 346
First Sentence: “I was raised to marry a monster.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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.
There are several rewrites of stories inspired by the Beauty and the Beast. Some are good, some are bad. This one was neither. It was freaking superb!
Nyx is a total badass yet very feminine. She doesn’t turn into a super warrior in order to fight the monster she has married, no instead she uses what she was born with and the fact that she is a woman as her main tools when fighting the darkness. But not in a sexist way, but in a believable way that on its own made her totally badass.
Ignifex is one of those “bad” characters you cannot help but fall in love it. He is evil and good at it. He is a total sassmaster and had me laughing several times, things I did not expect when starting this book.
The world in this book is absolutely magnificent. It appears to be quite simple but Hodge has created a complicated yet understandable world that was amazingly written. The world combined with the plot made this book one of my favourite books last year.
Do I recommend it?
Hell yes! This was a fantastic book.