Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.
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.
Best of the Bunch is a monthly meme hosted by Always Lost in Stories on the last day of every month. The aim of this meme is to share the best book that we have read in that month and give it our Best of the Bunch award.
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux ~ 5 Stars
Dirty Lines (Blurred Lines #4) by Breena Wilde ~ 5 Stars
Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White ~ 5 Stars ~ Review to come!
Suit & Fangs by Marian Tee ~ 3 Stars ~ Review to come!
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5) by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson ~ 4 Stars
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge ~ 5 Stars ~ Review to come!
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin ~ 3 Stars ~ Review to come!
Wait for You (Wait for You #1) by J. Lynn ~ 4 Stars ~ Review to come!
Irresistible Lines (Blurred Lines #5) by Breena Wilde ~ 4 Stars
And the Best of the Bunch winner of August 2013 is…
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
ebook, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
I have read so many amazing books this month but Cruel Beauty was without a doubt the best one. As a matter of fact it’s the best book I have read so far this year! And I’m even rereading it now, a few days after I finished. It’s THAT good!
Honorable mentions go to: Inside Out, Scarlet, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wish List and Perfect Lies.
What was the best book you’ve read this month?