Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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.




Damn it. I wanted to like this one. Hell, I expected to like this one. Sadly, I did not like this one. I almost don’t even have the energy to review it because I’m just so fucking disappointed that I want to forget about it and pretend it never happened.

So here you go. One lazy ass review:

Nyx is a sacrifice. Her asshole of a father made a deal with a demon to beget children on her mother. Like every other deal EVER made with a bad guy, it blows up in his face. His wife suffers the consequences. His eldest daughter suffers the consequences. He goes on his happy asshole way and starts boinking his dead wife’s sister.

Nyx is forced to marry the bad guy while her younger sister gets to bask in the love and affection of their parental units. It’s okay, Nyx doesn’t need their love. Her righteous fury sustains her. She’s going to end her husband and his cruel reign over her kingdom! But then she meets him. And then she meets the enslaved shadow of said bad guy.

Enter double insta-love and a love triangle. Enter one fickle fucking MC. She loves one. No wait, she doesn’t. She loves the other. Oops, I mean the first guy is really bad so she doesn’t love him. Er, I mean the SECOND one is bad so she doesn’t love him. She loves them both. *kissy faces* One betrays her. She DEFINITELY loves the other. Enter selfish bliss.

She hates her family. She loves her family. But she really hates her family. I mean she WANTS to love them. But doesn’t. Or does she? She’s going to betray them all. But then she visits her asshole little sister. No, no, she’s going to betray her twu wuv now. She definitely loves him though. Or was it the other?


Oh and some other stuff happened too. Sort of. I’m not going to get into it because I could basically complain about EVERYTHING.

The drama, it killed me. The ending, is a HEA. The fucks, I did not give a single one.

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