Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

         Balzer + Bray  Published Jan. 28, 2014           342 Pages
Balzer + Bray
Published Jan. 28, 2014
342 Pages

Since the day she was born Nyx has been destined to marry the Ignifex, an immortal demon her father made a bargain with. Nyx has been trained to kill Ignifex and avenge her mother’s death and allow her twin sister to live.

With hate in her heart for the demon that caused her life to be this way and hatred in her heart for her father and her sister, Nyx goes full on ready to destroyed Ignifex. But Ignifex isn’t exactly who she thought he would. Charming and just as sarcastic as she is, Ignifex proves that there is more to the story than just the stories Nyx grew up on.

This was a interesting take on “Beauty and the Beast” and I’m not exactly sure I like the outcome. Firstly, I didn’t like Nyx. She was very whinny and she was discouraged very easily. The only thing I did like about her was the witty comebacks. But she was trained to kill this demon and yet there was no real training. She was smart but she wasn’t the lethal assassin the summary made her to be.

Nyx father was an asshole. He made a bargain to have children only to treat his first child like crap and dot completely on her sister. I didn’t blame Nyx for feeling some type of way about her sister or father. But what I didn’t like was the fact that because she hated her non-apologetic father and her oblivious sister, she was considered evil. I have no idea why the author decided to make that a underlying bond between the two or why she decided to make that not caring for the people that threw you under the bus makes you evil.

I loved Ignifex. He was a well developed character. Maybe a bit overcomplicated but he was written very well.

The story was written with such complication and dramatics that after a few chapters, I got tired of Nyx talking about killing Ignifex but not doing it. The author seemed to get tired of it too because out of nowhere Ignifex admits he loves her and then the next few pages Nyx admits the same thing.

I really didn’t like how the story ended. Yes, they did get to be together but the fact that Nyx considers herself evil is too much to bare. Overall, for the most part, I thought the story was written well and I do appreciate the spin but it wasn’t my favorite. This story gets 3.5 Pickles.

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