Cruel Beauty

Hodge, Rosamund

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Cruel Beauty
Betrothed to the demon who rules her country and trained all her life to kill him, seventeen-year-old Nyx Triskelion must now fulfill her destiny and move to the castle to be his wife.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062224736
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 11, 2014
  • ChristineT_RPL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast with some Greek Mythology thown in. Our main character, Nyx, since birth, has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, because of a bargain struck by her father. Also since birth Nyx has been training to kill her betrothed, Igniflex.

On her seventeenth birthday, Nyx has to leave her home to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. She has to not only seduce this awful man, but also destroy the enchanted castle and break a 900 year old curse, this will help set her people free.

But it turns out that Ignifex is quite charming and sort of wins over Nyx. She starts falling for him.
note: this one takes a bit to get into as the author Hodge is creating a whole new world for the reader to become immersed in.
I liked the way that even though this is a fantasy the main character Nyx reacts very realistically, she is not perfect and not always likable but she is very real.

Oct 28, 2014
  • hey123_0 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

wrost ending

Oct 01, 2014
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Cruel Beauty is a fairytale retelling...kind of. There are elements of Beauty and the Beast (as you'd expect), but also Bluebeard, Tam Lin, Cupid & Psyche, and many more. As you would expect, I loved it.

But I didn't just love it because of the clever weaving of known faerie tales in a unique way, but because the main character, Nyx, is awesome. And when I say awesome, I mean believable. She's wicked. Not heart-of-gold-but-fear-gives-her-a-sharp-tongue kind of faux-wicked; she's got hate and bitterness in her heart and she can't change that part of her nature. How often do we get protagonists who can be hateful (in thought and word, at least)?!

I love having a female protagonist who is complex- heroic, flawed, and who doesn't have to be moral, or obeisant, or romantic to be the hero.

All the characters in this book, actually, are very fleshed-out, real, and complex. Not a single one of them is a throwaway character, or a vehicle. And the feels! I had a lump in my throat for several chapters (no spoilers, I promise), but I couldn't stop listening. Also, there were passages that had me shuddering (and turning on lights).

I can't wait to read whatever Rosamund Hodge writes next!
I highly recommend this for fans of well-written faerie tale retellings, Greek mythology, realistic characters, clean romance, and twisty, dark tales.

Sep 19, 2014
  • ivych99 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was shorter then I thought it would be.
I liked the beauty and the beast incorporation in this book because fairy tale retellings are something I love to read. I also liked the dark and romance in it, that was something special. Probably the Kindly Ones with their ironic name and cruel bargains was something I found interesting.
Romantic. Tragic. Beautiful writing. But I just can't say that I loved it.

Aug 07, 2014
  • Nicolet14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an INCREDIBLE book. Loosely based on Beauty & the Beast, incorporating greek mythology and old folk lore, it deserves to be read. The main character is different from most 'heroines' --being that she is steadfast, witty, tough, has more than a little malice in her heart, and is UNPREDICTABLE. At first, you're almost waiting to see how they relationship will develop but the author throws in a twist--love triangle, then another and another. The story is entertained with layers of intriguing mystery, love, dark magic--it's actually a bit creepy and dangerous, with great dialogue and characters. Do yourself a favor and read it! Spoiler alert: unless you have superpowers, you're never going to guess the ending...

5 stars

Jul 26, 2014
  • Ambarato rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books I've read this year! I love the mash-up of mythologies. Enthralling!

Jul 05, 2014
  • lovetobefaith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's a pretty interesting concept. Just a whole mixup of tales put together in an organized and eloquent fashion.

Jun 15, 2014
  • christinabanena rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved the idea of this book!!

May 07, 2014
  • wakemesoftly rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Twist on the Beauty and the Beast tale. Loved the greek mythology bit thrown in. Decent read with fairy tale elements.

Mar 20, 2014
  • JCLBethanyT rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A beautifully penned and vividly imagined retelling of Beauty and the Beast that weaves together Greek myths, a crumbling castle, and a very, very alluring Beast named Ignifex.


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