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Cruel Beauty

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If you’re excited about the upcoming Disney film Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, don’t miss Cruel Beauty. The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in this dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Perfect for fans of bestselling An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.

Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that 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 what 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 27, 2014 – Fiery 17-year-old Nyx has always known she is destined to marry the prince of demons her father bargained her away before she was born. Even so, she has been trained in the Hermetic principles, and she hopes to use her skills to thwart Ingnifex's power and save her homeland from his control. When she arrives at the ruins of his ancient castle, nothing is at it seems: the rooms constantly change location, and she finds both beautiful magic and chilling horrors behind the countless doors. Also, Nyx cannot deny her attraction to Ingnifex, who is not exactly the monster she dreaded to meet. Debut novelist Hodge has created a rich, complete world in this twist on "Beauty and the Beast"; it can be slow-going (though not unrewarding) to wade through details about the demon's many rooms and the complicated, tragic mythology that brought him there. However, the banter between these well-matched foils is lively and sharp, and the pace picks up toward the end as Nyx first sacrifices for duty, and then for her own heart. Ages 13 up.

Customer Reviews


this book was most definitely not my favorite. i was really excited to read it after glancing at the description, but the story was a huge disappointment. the author had so much room to expand the story and she let it go. every time she wanted to create sexual tension she had them fall. it wouldn't be so bad if she didn't use the vocabulary in a garish way. at least look at a dictionary before putting in a word you don't know, this isn't 5th grade english class.

Cruel Beauty

This book had it's moments where I was jumping for joy. Some where I was yelling at it(in a good way). Some parts were kind of cute. Yet, this book was so hard to get through. I was really not liking the book. I wanted it to be over. I'm being honest. It was hard to understand the plot sometimes. It was hard to sympathize for the characters. Nyx was hard to understand. It was like we were always going back and forth. I felt really bored because we were with the same few characters in the same setting for a while and it's not my type of book to read. Plus, I don't understand a lot of this mythology and I was kind of lost.


This is now among my favorite books of all time.

I have no words to express this.

Cruel Beauty
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  • $7.99
  • Level: Eighth Grade
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Jan 28, 2014
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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