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After each refusal, Beauty dreams of a handsome prince who pleads with her to answer why she keeps refusing him, to which she replies that she cannot marry the Beast because she loves him only as a friend. Beauty does not make the connection between the handsome prince and the Beast and becomes convinced that the Beast is holding the prince captive somewhere in the castle. She searches and discovers multiple enchanted rooms, but never the prince from her dreams.
For several months, Beauty lives a life of luxury at the Beast's palace, having every whim catered to by servants, with no end of riches to amuse her and an endless supply of exquisite finery to wear. Eventually she becomes homesick and begs the Beast to allow her to go see her family. He allows it on the condition that she returns exactly a week later. Beauty agrees to this and sets off for home with an enchanted mirror and ring. The mirror allows her to see what is going on back at the Beast's castle, and the ring allows her to return to the castle in an instant when turned three times around her finger.
Her older sisters are surprised to find her well fed and dressed in finery. They are envious when they hear of her happy life at the castle, and, hearing that she must return to the Beast on a certain day, beg her to stay another day, even putting onion in their eyes to make it appear as though they are weeping.
They hope that the Beast will be angry with Beauty for breaking her promise and eat her alive. Beauty's heart is moved by her sisters' false show of love, and she agrees to stay. Beauty begins to feel guilty about breaking her promise to the Beast and uses the mirror to see him back at the castle.
She is horrified to discover that the Beast is lying half-dead from heartbreak near the rose bushes her father had stolen from and she immediately uses the ring to return to the Beast. Beauty weeps over the Beast, saying that she loves him. When her tears strike him, the Beast is transformed into the handsome prince from Beauty's dreams. The Prince informs her that long ago a fairy turned him into a hideous beast after he refused to let her in from the rain, and that only by finding true love, despite his ugliness, could the curse be broken.
He and Beauty are married and they live happily ever after together. Villeneuve's tale includes several elements that Beaumont's omits. Chiefly, the back-story of both Beauty and the Beast is given. The Beast was a prince who lost his father at a young age, and whose mother had to wage war to defend his kingdom.
The queen left him in care of an evil fairy, who tried to seduce him when he became an adult; when he refused, she transformed him into a beast. Beauty's story reveals that she is not really a merchant's daughter but the offspring of a king and a good fairy. The wicked fairy had tried to murder Beauty so she could marry her father the king, and Beauty was put in the place of the merchant's dead daughter to protect her. She also gave the castle elaborate magic, which obscured the more vital pieces of it.
She hates Ignifex, but Nyx is not a person of absolute cruelty. Despite herself, she is a gentle person, she wants to be more than that girl with hatred in her heart. Despite knowing Ignifex is evil, she finds that she is unable to ignore someone when they are in pain. She is better than that.
She wants to be better than that. I had left somebody in torment and liked it. The Romance: It was well done, but there were entirely way too fucking much of it. As I said above, there were too much romance at the expense of the actual plot.
Once Nyx got into the castle, I expected her to plot, to finalize her plan to kill Ignifex. She didn't. She spends her time moping.
She spends her time making googly eyes at Shade, then after resisting Ignifex who is technically her husband , slowly lowers her resistance Then kisses Shade some more. What pisses me off is that Nyx and her father has a plan to kill Ignifex using Hermetic sciences and she did not follow through except in the most halfhearted way. Instead, this is what we get: It was nothing like kissing Shade. That had been like a dream that slowly enfolded me; this was like a battle or a dance. Less romance, more plot, please.
Thanks to the wonderful Faye for lending me this book. I received this book as an Advance Review Copy; all quotes are taken from an uncorrected galley and is subject to change in the final edition.
View all 83 comments. Oct 07, karen rated it it was ok Shelves: For one moment, I felt like a river running down to his ocean. View all 30 comments. Feb 27, Whitney Atkinson rated it it was ok Shelves: But holy moly, this book does a It starts out strong but turns into trash. I'm not sure if it's because I listened to it on audio, but i am SO confused by everything. It tries to incorporate both mythology and elemental magic, and it just did not work for me.
I was so confused on who all the different magical entities were that controlled the world and none of it made sense to me whatsoever. I'm still roiling a bit on what just happened there at the end because it also starts to pull in time travle???? I will not be continuing this series and I would not recommend this one. View all 21 comments. Feb 14, Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it Recommended to Mohammed by: Julia Carlton.
Not just a different retelling of a 'story as old of time', But it also mixed with as many of ancient Greek Myths. And by the end you'll feel that it's came so, Original. Well, this 'angry' bride, full of hatred..
And as most YAs But it was only adorned with Greek mythology every now and then that made me feel better.. But still , I felt bored in the middle many times But the concept of the myth of "Kindly One", and the wishes, the barging of the Gentle lord is amazing.. That was an interesting plot here, people can't understand actually what they wish for That their wishes has a price.. AND then comes the strong last few chapters and the end.. Where the moral of this Cruel Story, the contradictions of human nature, how the cruelty is compassion and how we never understand what we wish for..
How there's no pure good God, I just loved the ending It's a retelling that worth the reading really. Mohanmed Arabey From 14 Feb. View all 26 comments. She tried. She really, really tried to salvage this book by giving the main character tons of personality, but not even she could change the source material.
The fact is that Cruel Beauty made absolutely no damn sense. How does the magic work? I dunno. Who are the real bad guys? There's time travel? Maybe, but not really. The oil rose to the top and the cake fell flat. Also, I have no idea what the hell I'm talking about, kinda like this book. But the narrator's voice was nice.
View all 29 comments. Nyx Triskelion, will you be my wife? Finally I met his eyes. Cruel Beauty - an enchanting blend of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairytale and a touch of Greek mythology - was one of the wildest, cruelest, most beautiful books I've ever read.
Its constantly dark atmosphere haunts you throughout, and the painfully slow burn of romance only adds to its thrill. Nyx Triskelion has been betrothed since birth to the evil ruler of her kingdom, the Gentle Lord, all because of a foolish bargain her father made before she was even born.
And since birth, she has been trained as a warrior with one purpose: With no choice but to fulfil her duty, Nyx's heart is filled with resentment for her family and hatred for herself, but on her seventeenth birthday, she still abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex.
Her plan is to seduce him, destroy his castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse on her people. But Ignifex isn't what Nyx expected - strangely, she finds herself drawn to his charms and enthralled by the shifting maze that is his castle. Because Cruel Beauty is a tale of romance, and this review wouldn't sufficiently cover everything I loved about it if it didn't touch on Nyx and Ignifex, I'm going to begin here: Their banter was hilarious and spiked with barbs, and their constant dance around each other was amusing to watch.
I stunned him for only a moment; then he locked his arms around me and kissed me back as fiercely as the sunlight beating down on my back, and for a few minutes we said nothing at all. What I was really looking forward to was the enemies-to-lovers playout, and it didn't disappoint at all.
Nyx and Ignifex's romance was built up really slowly, and for a time, I even wondered if it was going to happen at all. Yet now that I think back, the beauty of it is in the delay - where they both fell for each other without realising. And then they fully captured my heart. They said that love was terrifying and tender, wild and sweet, and none of it made any sense. But now I knew that every mad word was true.
For Ignifex was still himself, still mocking and wild and inhuman, terrible as a legion arrayed for war; but in my arms he became gentle, and his kisses were sweeter than wine. When Ignifex finally opened his heart enough to trust Nyx and let his guard down around her, I swear I was smiling so wide.
There's wonderful world-building as well! Every little detail of the fantasy world was fleshed out so well. Rosamund Hodge really has the ability to sweep you away into her world, and from time to time it felt like I was right there, under the parchment sky and in the dark ruin of the castle, with shadows creeping all around me and doors that opened onto more doors.
Nyx was a breath of fresh air. She was a heroine with a black heart, and I really enjoyed being inside her head. If I had to describe her, I'd say she was a villain at heart, yet conditioned to fight on the "right" side. But she was a glorious antihero, and I was so soft when Ignifex saw all the poison in her heart and loved her anyway. And her strong personality isn't eroded by love - oh no it isn't. You'll have to read it to see what I mean! The touch of Greek mythology in the plot was something that captivated me throughout the book.
I've always been fascinated by the Greek myths and combine that with a Beauty and the Beast retelling? Count me in. I'll admit the first part of the story was a little ambiguous, but when all the loose threads were tied up and the book sped towards its ending, I couldn't put it down.
Cruel Beauty is a dark, romantic, twisted tale that is bound to dazzle you and steal your heart. I'm not sure it fully merits 5 stars, but I'm still giving it the highest possible rating anyway - I can't find the words to explain why I love this book.
I just do. While I was writing this review, a song came on shuffle and I realised it reminds me so much of Nyx and Ignifex. So I'm going to leave it here, at the end. Fading - Vallis Alps i've been wanting to pick this up for a long time. View all 28 comments. Jul 12, Blythe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Let me say it now: Cruel Beauty is one fantastic, gorgeously written, spectacularly dark debut.
Many of its aspects may not appeal to some readers, and I understand that; although I really loved how the romance in Cruel Beauty and the "love triangle" note the quotation marks--don't run off played out, I do understand why some other readers, a handful of my friends amongst them, take issue with much of this novel. But honestly, it's been over a week since I've finished Cruel Beauty , and I have truly nothing negative to say about it, other than the fact that the world-building and terminology may be a bit overwhelming at first.
However, when I got accustomed to the world in Cruel Beauty , and got a grasp on where Hodge was going with the story around fifty pages in, I was absolute putty in this book's hand.
Cruel Beauty is a very ambitious novel, and it's one that will likely throw some readers off in how odd it is; it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling, with some Greek mythology thrown in, a whole lot of fantasy, a maybe even a hint of dystopian aspects, and trust me when I say it's all handled really, really well.
What could have easily been a convoluted and silly novel instead incorporated each and every one of those aforementioned plot points seamlessly. Nyx is a strong willed character, and is at times a bit frustrating, but she is also one of the most realistic characters I've read about this year. After all the things she goes through in the novel, she's understandably angry and fickle regarding whom she truly loves, and why.
In reality, I think anyone would react similar to how Nyx reacted if they were placed in the same situation as her. As well as being an authentic character, she does eventually grow past the anger that was so evidently boiling up inside her in the beginning of the novel, but she never truly gets past it, much like anyone wouldn't.
And that's why I love her character arc and development: In any other novel, with any other character, Nyx's actions may just have annoyed me. I'm aware of this; but in Cruel Beauty , Rosamund Hodge creates a character in Nyx that is, while not always likable, wholly relatable, and that is a great feat in my eyes.
And then there's Ignifex, who is one charming little bastard, and I'll leave it at that. There are much more things for me to touch upon in regards to the romance in this novel, all of which are spoilers. So I'm just going to let the readers of this unravel the mysteries of this romance on their own. And trust me, it's something you'll want to discover on your own. The romance is something you'll either love or hate see below , but it is definitely intriguing and original. But yes, Ignifex--awesome, complex character, with a unique and surprising backstory Yes, yes, yes.
Lovers of Cole from the Everneath series by Brodi Ashton, this guy's for you. I think Cruel Beauty is a novel that will have some pretty contrasting opinions once it's published.
Although some think its romance is insta-love which I disagree with since it was said that five months passed before any 'love' thoughts occurred, but I digress with an unnecessary love triangle which I also respectfully disagree with because of reasons , but you all know how I feel about love triangles , I found Cruel Beauty to be a truly beautiful and stunningly original debut.
With it, Rosamund Hodge has taken some aspects from Beauty and the Beast that manage to make the novel stand out as an adaptation, but she also introduces so many new concepts of her own to make the ageless tale as old as time we all love even lovelier.
View all 17 comments. I'm not sure of what to think of this book I really loved it Let me try to arrange my thoughts I was very excited about this book, so I was a little dissappointed because I wasn't really digging it and I was already at page I think that I wasn't liking it at the begining because Nyx is always changing her I'm not sure of what to think of this book I think that I wasn't liking it at the begining because Nyx is always changing her mind and I wanted to slap her sometimes, but also because the world in this book is really confusing!
At first I didn't understand a thing about the "Hermetic" laws and the elemental hearts, then it became clearer, but we also had demons, gods, "kindly ones", shadows, mithology, fantasy, and so much more that I don't think I fully understood the world at the end of the book, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it, on the contrary, I found it very interesting!
I decided to give this book 4 stars because of the slow begining and because of what I said in the paragraph above, but those were the only things I didn't really like Also, I thought his back story was amazing! A true mistery and at the end when we learn what really happened it blew my mind! Really, I devoured the second half of this book!
And I nearly cried because of the destiny of Nyx and Ignifex: It was so unfair! About the ending I'm kinda torn. I didn't expected it and I like that, also, I think it was sweet and overall, a good ending, but I don't know, I feel like I didn't fully understood what happened again, because the world and the demons and the gods were so confusing I'm satisfied with it, that's for sure, and I got a little book hangover!
That was also unexpected! When I finished the book I couldn't stop thinking about Nyx and Ignifex and the magical world of Arcadia. View all 6 comments. It seems to me that if you break a thing, you can't complain that it's in pieces. I don't remember the last time I've felt so torn over a book.
I don't know how else to put this: Rosamund Hodge's books are so, so messy. They have enough issues that I usually can't imagine giving them five stars. But there's something about her mythology, her gorgeous prose, her compelling characters, and even her romances that works. Her books are the very definition of perfectly imperfect. Sure, some may hate s It seems to me that if you break a thing, you can't complain that it's in pieces.
Sure, some may hate some of her books, but she's worth a try anyway, if only because what she writes is unforgettable. I think it's very fair to say that I love all the concepts presented here. This isn't much of a Beauty and the Beast story; this is a blatant Hades and Persephone retelling.
I love that dynamic. I love the idea of this relationship, where two bad people meet in the middle. In fact, I really enjoyed their banter and relationship development. You know what you are, and what you deserve.
You lied to me but not to yourself. That's why I love you. I just don't know how much I like the execution. While there's definitely no rape in this story, there are points where non-consensual kissing occurs between the main couple. I don't feel the narrative glorifies these actions— actually, they're decried by the narrative and by Nyx herself— but it really squicked me out.
I have been waiting, all my life, for someone undeceived to love me. Now let's talk protagonist, because again, I have no fucking clue how I felt about Nyx.
She's complicated, she's flawed, she's badass, she's a little dark— I should love her, right? I don't know if I do, and I don't know if I don't, either. Again, I thought her character arc was messy. It's a good character arc, but she keeps going back and forth, as a character, between developing and not developing. This back-and-forth is a common issue in debut novels, so I'm not particularly surprised; it just annoyed me. I have to say that the love triangle was my least favorite thing about the book.
Yes, it's not a typical love triangle; no, I still didn't care for it. What was the point? Nyx's relationship with Shade was a crushing disappointment of instalove. Why couldn't Shade just be a platonic friend? Rosamund Hodge really does like her hopeful, yet imperfect endings.
I love them too; I've found all of her books' final scenes absolutely perfect. However, she often gets her readers to those final scenes through some really rushed twists. Pacing her complex plots has never been her strongsuit, and unfortunately, it shows in her often-confusing endings. Despite all the typical debut novel issues, this was a really compelling story and I'm so glad I picked it up. View all 45 comments. Jun 03, Sana rated it really liked it Shelves: I did have some small issues which is why I didn't give it full five stars.
Rtc after my exams, Buddy read with Inej dominating Kaz who i ditched lmao. View all 34 comments. Pros - engrossing writing style - Audiobook narrator with the voice of a goddess - A fun combination of Greek mythology and Beauty and the Beast retelling - Main character who's allowed flaws and to be complex Cons: They 2 Stars Mini-review since it's been like a month since I read this whoops. They talk about love and connections on the first "date" - The ending makes no sense - Pointless love triangle was pointless - There's literally like a magical god bird who explains everything, but then MC conveniently forgets so that the story can drag on for a few more chapters In Conclusion: The definition of wasted potential.
The first like three chapters are excellent and then it steadily declines May 01, Lola rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Beauty and the Beast. At all. Much more. Cruel Beauty made me reconsider many things I thought I knew about myself regarding books. Is this a book with slow-pac 4 ''Wow, that was some story! Is this a book with slow-paced writing? The story: I was incredibly curious about this one when I discovered it on Goodreads not so long ago thank you GR!
I saw a lot of Beauty and the Beast in the story myself and especially as background like the vast library of the castle, its labyrinth halls, the invisible servants, etc. It is narrated with a first person POV. I never had a problem with first or third person POV and this one is no exception. The story starts on Nyx, living her last moments at her house with her father, twin sister and aunt. I was craving to know why and where did all the hate come from. From the first sentence, I was hooked and was sure Cruel Beauty was going to be something unlikely everything I have ever read.
Nyx had many various and contradicted feelings towards her sister especially because of her objective towards the Gentle Lord quite an interesting name for the demon Lord. She was scared and angry. She is the chosen one, the one who has to kill the Lord and free their country from demons. Nyx is brave and strong and a survivor.
Sometimes she really needed to think before she spoke though, because I was a bit annoyed of her always regretting her impulsive words afterwards. The world-building: Original and unique. With it, the story felt even more important, riveting and captivating. Everything was well detailed and described. I was imagining it to be quite dark with an eerie atmosphere and not one that made me think of a strange, uncommon house.
Some walls are in blue color for example and some have fruits and flower prints. I mean, come on…So yeah, I did cringe my teeth for a bit while reading those descriptions. It marked me and deceived me at first, because I really had an image of the castle in my head thanks to the cover. When I passed that surprised and just played along more like made an abstraction of it , I started being more fascinated by all the discoveries Nyx made in the castle.
All the secret rooms waiting to be open got my attention and I just wished I was Nyx so I could fulfill my avid curiosity. Cruel Beauty definitely has a special and an interesting world-building worth reading about and paying attention to. The writing: As I said, the story is slow-paced but not the boring and oh-my-gosh-seriously-is-it-going-to-end-someday kind. Also, the writing was very pretty, beautiful, and admiring.
It was obvious that the author, Rosamund Hodge , wrote her story carefully, trying to make it as perfect and as rich as she was able to. And she succeeded. It was amazing! Although, I did notice. The romance: I was willing to give this book five big shinny well deserved stars, before the love triangle became really present and annoying.
Mainly because it made the strong and smart heroine Nyx look weak and pathetic by moments. Also, the romance was very very rushed. They were loving each other already a couple of days after they met. So, if you would like to read a fabulous fantasy story like you have never read before with unforgettable characters, a predictable but nice romance with a love triangle and a well thought plot that will leave you only wanting for more, I would recommend you Cruel Beauty with no hesitation.
Happy reading! View all 38 comments. Nov 16, Kiki rated it did not like it Shelves: Honest to god, I don't know why I'm kidding myself about this book. I'm probably not fooling any of you. I'm never going to finish it, because what I read was terrible and what I read was over half of it, and it was so bad that even though I'd gotten entrenched that far into it I still couldn't force myself to turn another solitary page.
What this book wants you to know: Nothing This book will not impact your life in any way. And I mean any way: It's like the eleven Honest to god, I don't know why I'm kidding myself about this book. It's like the eleventh song on a techno album. Bland as shit. If you like your porridge sugarless, then by all means, knock yourself out. But this book and its parchment sky and breasts on a platter can honestly just stay the hell away from me.
It's at its worst when it tries to be witty; when it tries to convince you that the male lead is quirky and sexy and not just a series of really painful cringes just waiting to happen. This one time, I was on the train, and it was packed - like, shoulder-to-shoulder.
My stomach was feeling weird and I let one go, and it might have been silent, but it was fucking deadly. It was like God's eleventh plague had descended on that train car. It was like the gates of hell had opened and let out the stench of the rotting damned as Charon ferried them to and fro across the Acheron. I honestly was surprised that no one called the cops with accusations of bioterrorism. And the girl standing beside me, who was looking down at her phone, just stiffened, and the people talking in front of me went quiet.
I stared at my shoes, and I swear to high heaven, I have never prayed before. I have never fucking prayed before, but in that moment I was begging for a miracle. Disperse , I begged. Please, everyone get off at the next stop. Please, let the air dissipate, or at least let everyone blame it on the dude standing next to me who is very pointedly staring out the window and trying not to touch me with his elbow.
That's not as embarrassing as this book. Seriously, I'd rather have everyone on the train think I just shit my pants than drag my eyes across another speck of Ignifex's agonizing "wit". The dude is about as entertaining as that graaaaaaaah sound your stomach makes before you ruin a bunch of tourists' day.
Detox, ILY. View all 24 comments. May 21, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: I realize that this book doesn't come out for quite a while, but as soon as it downloaded on my Kindle, I started reading it right away, and once I'd finished it, there was no holding back the feels. This book is amazering. It's half: And another half: This book has some of the coolest worldbuilding I've seen in a YA novel.
O I realize that this book doesn't come out for quite a while, but as soon as it downloaded on my Kindle, I started reading it right away, and once I'd finished it, there was no holding back the feels. Originally, I thought the book was going to be high fantasy, but now I'm not so sure. It almost feels like "low," or "second world" fantasy, as the setting is a world that was settled by the Greeks and then cut off from the rest of the world.
For that reason, the people believe in Greek gods, and the demons that the blurb refers to are supposed to have originated in Tartarus. The mythology spin on the story was a total surprise, as the blurb doesn't mention it, and I found myself even more excited in the first couple chapters because of it. I also saw an interview with Rosamund Hodge on Epic Reads, where she said that her story is based just as much on the Cupid and Psyche myth as it is on Beauty and the Beast if not more , so I'm not sure why the myth bit isn't in the blurb.
It should be, IMHO. Okay, so let's talk about characters. Holy shiz. These characters are so crazy and dark and totally different than most other YA protagonists. Nyx is what I wanted Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy to be - BA and mean, with an iron will, but so broken that you couldn't help but love her.
I loved how her family relationships pushed her into her feelings for Ignifex. Her character motivation and development flowed really well, I thought. Ignifex is also pretty amazing. He reminded me of all those Victorian anti-heroes that are more wicked than good, like Heathcliff. Or maybe like the selfish gods of mythology that have to learn compassion. Either way, I enjoyed his development a lot too, and although I figured out early on the big twist about his identity, just like with Cinder by Marissa Meyer, I didn't care.
I was totally absorbed in this book. I couldn't put it down. Basically, this was me and Cruel Beauty: And when people tried to talk to me: Okay, and the end. I won't say anything else. Just know. It's amazing.
I'm very sorry. It's dark and twisted and original and wonderful. There's fabulous worldbuilding, seriously messed up characters that Rosamund Hodge makes you love, and some really vivid imagery that I didn't talk about before but is also really great.
View all 20 comments. Jan 09, Tatiana rated it really liked it Recommended to Tatiana by: Emily May. It is mostly a romance, with a lot of talk of virginity, ravishing, tearing off dresses, etc. But because it's YA, despite being quite sensuous, it doesn't go further than kissing.
Too bad really, I don't come across many good adult romances, and setup of "Cruel Beauty" is perfect for creating all kinds of convenient excuses to facilitate sexy times.
View all 14 comments. And a random enough comparison at that. Not that many days ago I finished another ya novel that all of you probably know, and that is Angelfall by Susan Ee.
You see, I thought I needed to mention it because of this curious question that popped up in my mind as soon as I turned th 3. You see, I thought I needed to mention it because of this curious question that popped up in my mind as soon as I turned the last page of Cruel Beauty: This review is the answer to that question.
I saw many similarities between her and Penryn protagonist of Angelfall , which is probably part of the reason why I fel the comparison was necessary; anyway, many were the differences as well. Both heroines are flawed and know it, but while Penryn fights along with her faults making strengths out of them, Nyx's attitude is more ambiguous and, I believe, hypocritical.
She never denies having, as she dutifully remind us every now and then, "poison in her heart", but she fluctuates between thinking of herself as the most despicable person on Earth and easily rolling with it, even relishing it. It basically depends on her mood of the moment. I personally prefer the latter case, which is a pity since we see more of the former. Nyx is so volatile that she can convincingly assert she in love with Ignifex and be firm in her purpose to kill him, which she can express with determination and willingness one minute and with nothing but frustrated reluctance the next.
She does not seem torn: The fact that she simultaneously falls in love with two men view spoiler [I don't give a hoot they are in fact the same person: In brief: Penryn knew she was acting selfishly and kept doing so in spite of everything, and I loved it; Nyx knew she was a tool in The Greater Good hands and resented it profoundly, and never, not even once, she thought she could find another way, resulting in her and us never understanding which side she was on.
And I hated it. Besides, while it is perfectly clear that calling "insta-love" what Nyx has with Shade is being overly generous, I hoped that her relationship with Ignifex would make up for that at least a little. In fact, more than a month passes before Nyx develops actual feelings, but , since their interactions are very limited both in duration and in variety, it feels like insta-love all the same.
This is serious. Seriously bad. I didn't feel like shipping them but faintly. And speaking of the house, the matrioska thing: It blew my mind away.
Like, it was there and then it wasn't. Generally speaking, I liked very much both the world-building and the ending , which has an unusual rhythm and hit the mark, at least for me, precisely for this reason. The most difficult feat was to bear with the protagonist, but the setting is so enticing that Nyx won't bother you too much.
If you are interested in a new take on The Beauty and the Beast and romance is your thing, you should give it a chance. Jun 20, Samantha rated it liked it. Everyone was telling me I would hate this book, and I did not! While it did have its faults, I enjoyed what it was trying to do and the general theme, even if the execution failed at times.
I cannot hate it. A review to come when I've fully collected my thoughts! View 2 comments. Mar 28, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: Nuestra heroina? Bueno, no.
Y desde muy joven fue entrenada para asesinar a su esposo y recuperar la paz en Arcadia. Primero voy a hablar escribir sobre las cosas que me gustaron. El favoritismo hacia Astraia era tan obvio como la luz del sol. Al final nos dimos cuenta que no mucho, pero si me hizo considerar muchas cosas. Y me ponen cosas como: Y no olvidemos: Lo que pasaba por mi cabeza era: Desde las historias, las locaciones, la casa en si Tuve algunos problemas con el libro y muchos de ellos pueden ser llamados Shade.
Maldito desgraciado. View all 5 comments.
Feb 19, Regan rated it really liked it Shelves: This book really surprised me. When I was first reading this book I was not really digging it, I thought I had a handle on where the story was going, and therefore I thought it was too predictable.
However, this story did not follow the stereotypical path that I thought it would. I still guessed the ending halfway in, but I enjoyed the ride nonetheless. The amount of predictability that may or may not be present in this book is not the important part, no, the important part is the story. The sto This book really surprised me. The story is what really kept me so interested, it was beautiful and unique, and the delivery could not be ignored. The world combined well known ancient lore with made up?
It was whimsical, and I really fell in love with the characters. I enjoyed throughly that they recognized their flaws and accepted them. So much. This book delivered something I did not expect, so for that I tip my hat to it. Also, it's a standalone. View all 3 comments. Nov 04, destini mia rated it really liked it.
I found a rose garden under a glass dome; the roses formed a labyrinth in which I always got lost. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever kno I found a rose garden under a glass dome; the roses formed a labyrinth in which I always got lost.
The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her. All I can say is thank god I went all googly-eyes for the cover because, if not, I would have missed out on a really good book. I loved the complexity of the story, the twists, and surprises. This is a slow burn kind of story; it develops slowly, but still manages to hold your interests. I was raised to marry a monster. The author creates incredibly dynamic characters that aren't quite black and aren't quite white, which made them all the more realistic.
Not everything was clear cut and pretty for us. The world-building, the writing, it was all wonderful. I thought it was a really well-done retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It wasn't exactly the same but had undertones of the story. He traced a finger along my skin. I felt the romance was a bit to rushed. At first, it was going along perfectly.
I was left there like, O. Don't get me wrong, part of me loved all that lovey-dovey stuff. I would have felt cheated if there wasn't any romance, but it just happened too quickly for my taste.
I also felt like some things could have been better explained. I had to go back a few times and slowly read over things in order to grasp what going on later in the book. I felt like the author was going for a mysterious and enigmatic vibe which mostly worked and some clarity was lost with that.
All in all, this was a solid, enjoyable read: View all 58 comments. It took a few chapters for me to get interested, pretty much when Nyx got to her wonderful husband's home, the evil Ignifex. She is supposed to be killed by her husband at some point in time, how is that for a honeymoon! But, and there is always a but, Ignifex is not what he seems. Yes, he has the corpses of his eight other brides in a dungeon all laid out, but I digress.
He seems to be under some kind of evil spell and he's not like I said what he seems to be. I love the hell out of Nyx snarky attitude, she is great and doesn't take any lip from Ignifex, which he finds divine and doesn't seem to want to kill her.
They have this wonderful banter together, he kisses her, she threatens his life, that kind of stuff: I don't know, I just said that, she just rubbed me the wrong way throughout the book. She can suck it and go on down the road. So, Nyx has to find out all of these clues to try to save her world. I'm not going to go into all of that, you can read the book, or read another review.
She is finding How does she know? She just does! There are creepy demon shades roaming around in the book along with some other weirdness. Nyx gives her all to save Ignifex and in the end it all pays off.
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