2 Stars · 2016 · Book Reviews · Retelling · Young Adult

Cruel Beauty │ Rosamund Hodge



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.

2 stars


I was very disappointment in this book, and sadly I did not like it.

I think my biggest problem was just that I did not like the main character. And not going to lie, it is hard to get into a book when you can’t stand the main character.

I know that Nyx isn’t supposed to be very likeable. She is supposed to be this hard, unkind sort of girl, in a weird way. But instead we get this back and forth of “I don’t want to seem weak.” then we get “What about breakfast?! I am going to starve to death.”

It was mainly the back and forth of the Nyx’s character that I had the most issue with. The other thing was the writing style. There was also almost no word building, and that was disappointing.

What are your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s