If you’re excited about the upcoming Disney film Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, don’t miss Cruel Beauty. The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in this dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Perfect for fans of bestselling An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.
Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart.
I'll admit I was a bit skeptical about this book, but I changed my mind fairly quickly.
The story feels like a mix of; Howls Moving Castle,
Beauty and the Beast,
And mix of Greek mythology.
It was familiar enough that I felt like I should know what happens next, but new enough that while I could guess some of the concepts there were still surprises and mystery.
Over all very very enjoyable!
There wasn't anything too explicit which I often worry about when buying a YA book.
There are some dark concepts and very mild sexual content.
But I wouldn't say it's overly dark, and in regards to the sex, it's to be expected since it was within a marriage, and it was handled tastefully without going into any sort of detail other than to let you know it happened.
Good story, suitable content for anyone over 14, and my personal favorite a happy ending :)
When I bought this audiobook, I wasn't sure if I would like it, but it has become one of my favorites!
Rosamund Hodge has created a story that inserts elements of the old Beauty and the Beast tale into a world based on Greek and Celtic myths in a way that is refreshing and surprisingly cohesive (if a little dark). Her spin on how people percieve and interpret beauty and goodness is presented in a way that is sometimes disturbing and sometimes comforting, but always very human.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who likes books that put a spin on old favorites or who likes books that spend as much time on characters' emotional growth as on the external events of a story.