Review | Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Title: Cruel Beauty

Author: Rosamund Hodge

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

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.


I enjoyed reading the book. It was very entertaining and I loved Ignifex.

Ignifex is so perfect and I really loved reading about him. He and Nyx together were so.. UGH, I can’t describe it.


IGNIFEX GAVE NYX HIS RING!!!! How could she betray him like that! I don’t understand why she would do that. Honestly, go back to hating your sister. Ignifex loves you. Get a grip. I rolled my eyes so many times during the book.

I hated Astraia. She was so annoying at the beginning, but after Nyx left she just turned into so much more than annoying. I wanted to kill her. Literally. I liked her better when she was harmless and pathetic.

I was so happy when Nyx put her father and aunt in their place. I could imagine their shocked faces, and I laughed so hard. And HOW THE HELL could Nyx just agree to Astraia’s plan??? How? Didn’t she love Ignifex?

Honestly, this book annoyed me a little, but overall I liked it.


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