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Cruel Beauty Rereadum, I was going to add something but I forgot The Audio is great though When I first started the book I was disappointed and thought I would not like it because it seemed to drag for me It took a few chapters for me to get interested, pretty much when Nyx got to her wonderful husband s home, the evil Ignifex She is supposed to be killed by her husband at some point in time, how is that for a honeymoon But, and there is always a but, Ignifex is not what he seems Yes, he has the Rereadum, I was going to add something but I forgot The Audio is great though When I first started the book I was disappointed and thought I would not like it because it seemed to drag for me It took a few chapters for me to get interested, pretty much when Nyx got to her wonderful husband s home, the evil Ignifex She is supposed to be killed by her husband at some point in time, how is that for a honeymoon But, and there is always a but, Ignifex is not what he seems Yes, he has the corpses of his eight other brides in a dungeon all laid out, but I digress He seems to be under some kind of evil spell and he s not like I said what he seems to be I love the hell out of Nyx snarky attitude, she is great and doesn t take any lip from Ignifex, which he finds divine and doesn t seem to want to kill her They have this wonderful banter together, he kisses her, she threatens his life, that kind of stuff I do not know why, BUT, I didn t like her sister Astraia at all Why I don t know, I just said that, she just rubbed me the wrong way throughout the book She can suck it and go on down the road So, Nyx has to find out all of these clues to try to save her world I m not going to go into all of that, you can read the book, or read another review She is finding that she wants to save Ignifex because she knows he s really good inside How does she know She just does There are creepy demon shades roaming around in the book along with some other weirdness Nyx gives her all to save Ignifex and in the end it all pays off Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List huh im really quite shocked this is the firstbeauty and the beastretelling that i havent enjoyed ive read and loved so many, so for me to not click with this is a major disappointment i appreciate the unique spin on a classic story, but i found the pacing to be slow, the writing to be dull and repetitious, the characters to be unlikable, and the world building to be confusing and out of place there really wasnt much that i liked about this, to be honest, and im super jealous of all the huh im really quite shocked this is the firstbeauty and the beastretelling that i havent enjoyed ive read and loved so many, so for me to not click with this is a major disappointment i appreciate the unique spin on a classic story, but i found the pacing to be slow, the writing to be dull and repetitious, the characters to be unlikable, and the world building to be confusing and out of place there really wasnt much that i liked about this, to be honest, and im super jealous of all the readers who fell head over heels for this maybe this authors particular storytelling style just isnt for me 2 stars 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 himWith 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 peopleBut Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle a shifting maze of magical rooms enthralls herAs 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 important the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love For one moment, I felt like a river running down to his ocean.i feel like i need to drop a few lines here about what, precisely, i felt was lacking in this story i so rarely throw down a fewer than three stars rating on here, i figure an explanation may be helpful i m not going to go into too much plot detail, since there are a bazillion reviews of this book already on here i just want to have a record of my own reaction, for the day when some stranger asks me WHYYYYYYYYYYYY i didn t like th For one moment, I felt like a river running down to his ocean.i feel like i need to drop a few lines here about what, precisely, i felt was lacking in this story i so rarely throw down a fewer than three stars rating on here, i figure an explanation may be helpful i m not going to go into too much plot detail, since there are a bazillion reviews of this book already on here i just want to have a record of my own reaction, for the day when some stranger asks me WHYYYYYYYYYYYY i didn t like this there are a few reasons.1 i am confusedon paper, the concept of fusing multiple fairytales with classical mythology is exciting and should make for a pleasantly dense story that is at once comfortably familiar but also studded with surprising AHA moments as the overlaps and contrasts begin to manifest however there wasn t a true marriage between the elements here their presence wasdecorative than functional, and while it occasionally meshed well, overall it was just too cluttered it s like when you have a really delicious cupcake and it s already got a tasty frosting on top but then someone thinks add gummy worms and it throws off the texture and the taste and you have to chew SO MUCH you forget about how tasty the cupcake was because you re so focused on not choking to death 2 nyx, the heroine of this book and NOT the greek goddess of night whose name is a bit problematic in a book that incorporates so many other aspects of greek mythology and in which darkness shadows but not specifically nighttime are a preoccupation anyway, her she s meant to be the sacrifice and savior of her people, trained since she was a little girl in both fighting and magical arts and yet she is not at all a badass heroine once she gets to the castle, she s completely directionless, which makes the book directionless she s inconsistent, unstable, easily distracted, prone to violent and short lived outbursts that simmer down into grumbling recriminations directed at multiple targets it s emotional whiplash with her sister, she is loving and resentful, protective and hurtful, with ignifex, she goes from attraction to attempted homicide and back again in the blink of an eye the inconsistency makes it confusing and difficult to root for her to succeed, because it s hard to know what success would even look like, with all the cross purposes and competing goals and obstacles.3 bizarre love trianglethis book is best categorized as a fantasy romance, but i was completely unmoved by the romance itself which yes, is a familiar feeling for me, since i m not a fan of romances, so i m an easy target for your accusations of not being the right audience howevs, even when i read a romance that doesn t make me swoon or whatever, i can usually understand why it would work for other readers i can see that the bones heh of the relationship are solid and why the two would fall for each other and why readers would cheer but this one this is such a perfunctory romance that exists only because we are told it exists technically it s a love triangle, and it s at least an interesting version of a love triangle, but it s also the worst kind of instalove because it s unfounded, unearned, and circumstantially selfish those are the big three complaints, and all i can muster as a review right now i still really want to read the second book in this standalone series i think there s a great story underneath all this clutter and i am really rooting for it to manifest in the second installment at the very least, i am excited because it s a love story between a monsterfighting girl and a boy with no hands which is pretty hot my guess is that some joker broke into my digital copy of this and gleefully altered its contents transforming it from the amazing, life changing book everyone is raving about into some half baked romance featuring a sloppy and confusing mythos mashup and completely lacking in either emotional tension or a cohesive narrative.this is either some sort of magic eye puzzle i m just not equipped to see or i have forgotten how to read books.maybe i ll review this further tomorrow, or maybe i ll take a nap.come to my blog I loved the first 100 pages of this book so much that i was 99% sure it d be a 4 or 5 star book I loved the writing and the main character s sass, and the Dark Lord or whatever his title is was REALLY interesting But holy moly, this book does a 180 It starts out strong but turns into trash HORRID instalove, obnoxious and confusing love triangle , and I was completely baffled by the world magic system I m not sure if it s because I listened to it on audio, but i am SO confused by e I loved the first 100 pages of this book so much that i was 99% sure it d be a 4 or 5 star book I loved the writing and the main character s sass, and the Dark Lord or whatever his title is was REALLY interesting But holy moly, this book does a 180 It starts out strong but turns into trash HORRID instalove, obnoxious and confusing love triangle , and I was completely baffled by the world magic system I m not sure if it s because I listened to it on audio, but i am SO confused by everything It tries to incorporate both mythology and elemental magic, and it just did not work for me I was so confused on who all the different magical entities were that controlled the world and none of it made sense to me whatsoever I m still roiling a bit on what just happened there at the end because it also starts to pull in time travle literaly what I will not be continuing this series and I would not recommend this one 3.25 3.5 StarsLast night I got a bee up my ass and decided to count and see how many unread physical books I have on my home library shelvesand let s just say the number was pretty shameful Thus, I decided it was time to cull the herd So decided I would try the cliched booktube trend of reading first chapters of books that have been on my shelves awhileunhauling anything that didn t at least mildly capture my attention This book has been on my shelves the longest, so I grabbed it and 3.25 3.5 StarsLast night I got a bee up my ass and decided to count and see how many unread physical books I have on my home library shelvesand let s just say the number was pretty shameful Thus, I decided it was time to cull the herd So decided I would try the cliched booktube trend of reading first chapters of books that have been on my shelves awhileunhauling anything that didn t at least mildly capture my attention This book has been on my shelves the longest, so I grabbed it and figured I d read one chapter and set it aside in the donate pile342 pages later, I can proudly say I unhauled one fucking book But it s now a read book So nanner nanner nanner I really enjoyed certain elements of this story and was obviously drawn in from the very first page I thought the ending got a little dicey as far as plot details and general continuity is concernedAnd I feel like the romance love was never truly cemented enough for my tastesbut all in all a decent story I m glad I readIf only so I can say I read a book from my shelves I had started to think I never would get to A truly satisfying feeling I have to give the narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden, some credit here She tried She really, really tried to salvage this book by giving the main character tons of personality, but not even she could change the source material The fact is that Cruel Beauty made absolutely no damn sense.How does the magic work I dunno.Who are the real bad guys I dunno.Wait, what s the SECRET Well, I dunno because Nyx learns it and then FORGETS it on the next page to conveniently keep the plot rolling Awesome.H I have to give the narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden, some credit here She tried She really, really tried to salvage this book by giving the main character tons of personality, but not even she could change the source material The fact is that Cruel Beauty made absolutely no damn sense.How does the magic work I dunno.Who are the real bad guys I dunno.Wait, what s the SECRET Well, I dunno because Nyx learns it and then FORGETS it on the next page to conveniently keep the plot rolling Awesome.HUH There s time travel.Maybe, but not really It s a SECRET that you ll never find out and or stop caring about.Cruel Beauty was like a mixing pot of great ideas that didn t get mixed very well The oil rose to the top and the cake fell flat Also, I have no idea what the hell I m talking about, kinda like this book But the narrator s voice was nice One of the Best, Angriest, Cruelest, Beautiful Retellings..Not just a different retelling of a story as old of time ,But it also mixed with as many of ancient Greek Myths.And by the end you ll feel that it s came so, Original Even if yo One of the Best, Angriest, Cruelest, Beautiful Retellings..Not just a different retelling of a story as old of time ,But it also mixed with as many of ancient Greek Myths.And by the end you ll feel that it s came so, Original Even if you hated it, got angry by the middle of it you ll appreciate the ending..that will make amends..makes you see the whole picture betterwith the tricks of time InstaLove Mini English Review Well, I loved the beginningpromising of Dark, Cruel Beauty and the Beast retelling..mind the spitful, cruel, protagonist that in need for a serious Anger Managementnot the beast, nope..the girl actually made me really angry most of the time Oh and don t expect that since she s the cruel angry one here she d marry a gentle beast..nooo, he s like Lucifer himself.Well, this angry bride, full of hatred is destined since she was very young to marry a monster.And as most YAsshe will fall in love with him, and again, as most YAs, she have feelings for his servant, his Shadow, Shade.So..the story after the strong introduction and good setting, turned fast to feminine dull slow rantwith Love Triangle.., It was as boring as Uprooted, and bit of A Thousand Nights s dryness..But it was only adorned with Greek mythology every now and then that made me feel better some real myths like Pandora s Box myth, and some strange as Nanny Anna and Tom Alone..But still , I felt bored in the middle many times wanna spit as the protagonist having the same urge to spit on everyone.But the concept of the myth of Kindly One , and the wishes, the barging of the Gentle lord is amazing..That was an interesting plot here, people can t understand actually what they wish forThat their wishes has a price..AND then comes the strong last few chapters and the end and what an ending ONE OF THE BEST ENDINGS I ve ever read.Where the moral of this Cruel Story, the contradictions of human nature, how the cruelty is compassion and how we never understand what we wish for..How there s no pure goodno pure evil.God, I just loved the endingand appreciate the story muchthan I expected..It s a retelling that worth the reading really.Mohanmed ArabeyFrom 14 Feb 2017To 17 Feb 2017 illustrator of the art at the beginning of the review I don t know if Cruel Beauty truly deserved five stars on merit but goddamnit I m awarding it all the points for enjoyability All of them I loved the hell out of this story The passion The intrigue Ignifex Nyx s rage Ignifex All the kissing Nyx.This book kind of had it all for me Plot, mystery, intrigue and a whole lot of making out It s almost like Hodge was trying to distract me from the crazy plotholes and loose story structure It was fantastic I haven t been this entertained by I don t know if Cruel Beauty truly deserved five stars on merit but goddamnit I m awarding it all the points for enjoyability All of them I loved the hell out of this story The passion The intrigue Ignifex Nyx s rage Ignifex All the kissing Nyx.This book kind of had it all for me Plot, mystery, intrigue and a whole lot of making out It s almost like Hodge was trying to distract me from the crazy plotholes and loose story structure It was fantastic I haven t been this entertained by a book in ages I immediately went out and bought a copy I got mine from the library.So if you re into mythology and kissing and just looking for something eminently, page turningly good, then this is your book.This is only a mini review as I wrote a guide to Beauty and the Beast retellings here If one of us had to die, it ought to be the one with poison in her heart Actual rating 3.5Maybe it s just me, but I ve rarely encountered a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I haven t loved Ok, except Beastly That abomination was just horrible all the way around And let s not even mention the movie Some people just have the kind of face that just begs for an encounter with my fist, and pretty boy Pettyfer is one of them But I digress.This was a very enjoyable read, though not If one of us had to die, it ought to be the one with poison in her heart Actual rating 3.5Maybe it s just me, but I ve rarely encountered a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I haven t loved Ok, except Beastly That abomination was just horrible all the way around And let s not even mention the movie Some people just have the kind of face that just begs for an encounter with my fist, and pretty boy Pettyfer is one of them But I digress.This was a very enjoyable read, though not without its faults It is supposed to be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but I felt like it had hints of the fairy tales Rumpelstiltskin and Bluekbeard as well I can go on for days about the plot, setting, grammatical structure blah blah blah, but let s be honest, what makes or breaks a book is its narrator If you don t like the narrator, screw the rest of the book I really liked this book s main character, Nyx.I like my heroines flawed, strong, and strong willed I like it when they re angry I like it when they re defiant I like it when they lose control I like it when they snap like a rubber band strung past its tautness I like it when they see their own weakness I love it when they fall apart I love it when they hurt someone they love, while hating themselves for it because they are past their breaking point Nyx is strong, but not to the point where her overwhelming bitchiness eclipse the book she never, ever, ever comes off as bitchy.I do have a few problems with Nyx, and my problem with her ties into the plot as well, my main complaint about this book is that it is just overwhelmingly romantic at times But Khanh you protest, It s a romance novel, I mean, it s based off a fairy tale, what did you fucking expect Well, yes, my friends, it is a fairy tale, but the premise promised methan that It promised me intrigue, it promised me a kick ass heroine, one who is the savior of her people, one who will sacrifice herself and become a killer of an evil immortal I didn t exactly get that.I wanted bad assery I wantedplotting I wanted an assassin Instead, I got not a lot of plotting, I got a lot of illicit kissing, I got a lot of falling in love As beautiful as this book was, it felt to me that the MAIN plot of mayhem and murder got tossed aside for a love triangle It wasn t exactly Throne of Glass bad, but it bothered me a lot the way Nyx skirted her mission for romance and dreams In terms of plotting, the second half of the book was a big mess of confusion for me.The Summary Some people are born to a grand destiny, others have it forced upon them Nyx was born to be a sacrifice Demons have control of the country of Arcadia There is no sun, there is only a parchment paper sky, painted with an artifice of the sun Her country lives in fear To gaze upon the demons is to lose your mind as the shadows prey upon your soul For 900 years, this has been Arcadia s curse.Nyx was intended by her father to be the savior of her people It means she will most definitely die Her father made a deal with the king of the demons, the Gentle Lord in exchange, Nyx will be given in marriage to the Gentle Lord when she turns 17 In return, her beloved twin sister, Astraia, will be able to live a normal, happy life Nyx truly loves her twin sister, the innocent, sweet Astraia, but it is so hard not to feel resentment at one who has been the recipient of all their father s love, while knowing that her happiness will come at the cost of your own, but she is determined to fulfil her mission I had broken my sister s heart I would never see her again, so I could never beg her forgiveness I had let hatred fester in me so long, I didn t think I could ever learn to love her properly, either But I could make sure she lived free of the Gentle Lord, no longer afraid of his demons, with the true sun shining down upon her Nyx has been groomed half her life to be the Gentle Lord s bride, but her father and his secret society has other plans for her she will marry him, she will seduce him, she will kill him Nyx will save Arcadia from the demons.The Gentle Lord is not what she expected He tells her to call her Ignifex, but that s not his true name Instead of ravishing her, he leaves her in a tenuous peace He has but two rules for her which are so reminiscent to me of Rumpelstiltskin and BlackbeardOne Every night I will offer you the chance to guess my name If you guess right, you have your freedom If you guess wrong, you die Rule two Most of the doors in this house are locked This key will open all the rooms you are permitted to enter Do not try to enter the other rooms or you will regret it dearlythough not for very longInstead of someone unimaginably cruel, the stuff of nightmares, she finds him full of laughter, full of mockery, full of games He likes her spirit, he likes her defiance I do like a wife with a little malice in her heart But Ignifex is also capable of unimaginable cruelty he makes her shudder with fear Unexpectedly, she finds an ally in his magical castle, one named Shade One who is close to the Gentle Lord, but who can never betray him.Who can Nyx trust The Setting Interestingbut it didn t quite work for me The setting is not the star here, and it s a rather vague alternative universe that is rather jarring at times It is based off of an ancient Greco Roman world, as far as I can tell, gods and goddesses in the Greek Pantheon such as Aphrodite and Hermes and Zeus are mentioned, and it seems as if they are part of the traditional belief system There is a vague system of magic, alchemy of sort, called the Hermetic sciences There is not much detail given about this world, short of the fact that it exists under a dome of parchment sky due to a demonic curse, and honestlyI just didn t get it I never felt immersed in the actual setting The names and places are strange, you have all these Grecian based names like Damascus and Adamastos and all of a suddenLily Martin What the fuck The castle itself and the setting are a lotwell done This book truly runs very parallel to Beauty and the Beast in that regards We have a magical shifting castle, we have wondrous ballrooms filled with sparkling water We have ivy covered libraries We have a wondrous library, we have a magical wardrobe I NEED ONE FOR CHRISTMAS , we have invisible hands conjuring up feasts and utensils except without the singing and dancing, the best part , we have a forbidden object.But of course, all is not wondrous, and some corners of the castle is filled with horror My fingers found cloth, then something soft and cold.I shuddered, but my mind refused to recognize it until I groped farther and my fingers slid past teeth into a cold, wet mouth.With a scream, I bolted back against the door I rubbed my hand viciously against my skirt, but the fabric could not wipe away the memory of touching the dead girl s tongue.The dead wife s tongue Because now my eyes were growing truly accustomed to the light, and I could see all eight of them, laid out on their stone blocks as if stored for future use Dead wives Shadowy horrors that drives a person into madness The castle is equally splendid and sinister.The Characterization I really liked Nyx She was frustrating to me at times, but overall, I felt she was a really good, flawed character Nyx is so, so very angry at the beginning of the novel, and I seethed with anger along with her She has been dealt a crappy blow by the fates, and who can blame her for her bitterness Nyx has been doomed since she was born, thanks to her parents selfishness I hate you Mother , I prayed silently Father only bargained for your sake If you had not been so weak, so desperate, I would not be doomed I hate you, Mother, forever and ever I love a good depiction of sisterly relationships, and Nyx s relationship with her twin sister, Astraia, was so well done There is absolutely no doubt that Nyx adores her sister while simultaneously hating her as well Astraia has been adored by everyone since she was born, while her twin sister, Nyx, has been groomed to die Nyx has lived her life in resentment, and who can blame her for that Even so, she never, ever shows her bright, innocent sister any hate until she is overwhelmed by her emotions on the day of her weddingwhich might as well have been a funeral I had thought the words so often, they felt like nothing in my mouth, like nothan a breath of air, and as easily as breathing I went on The truth is, Mother died because of you, and now I have to die for your sake too And neither one of us will ever forgive you Then I shoved her aside and strode out of the room Nyx speaks her mind, regrets it immediately, and spends the rest of the book tortured by those final words to her beloved sister.Nyx has spunk, she has fire Instead of cowering to Ignifex, she turns against him, surprising him and herselfand earns his respect in the process She hates Ignifex, but Nyx is not a person of absolute cruelty Despite herself, she is a gentle person, she wants to bethan that girl with hatred in her heart Despite knowing Ignifex is evil, she finds that she is unable to ignore someone when they are in pain She is better than that She wants to be better than that But I was a girl who had broken her sister s heart and for a moment liked it I had left somebody in torment and liked it.I didn t want to keep being that person The Romance It was well done, but there were entirely way too fucking much of it As I said above, there were too much romance at the expense of the actual plot Once Nyx got into the castle, I expected her to plot, to finalize her plan to kill Ignifex She didn t She spends her time moping She spends her time making googly eyes at Shade, then after resisting Ignifex who is technically her husband , slowly lowers her resistancethen kisses Shade Then kisses Shade someCOME ON, YOU RE SUPPOSED TO BE PLOTTING TO KILL THE EVIL GUY What pisses me off is that Nyx and her father has a plan to kill Ignifex using Hermetic sciences and she did not follow through except in the most halfhearted way Instead, this is what we get It was nothing like kissing Shade That had been like a dream that slowly enfolded me this was like a battle or a dance Ignifex took possession of my mouth and I took possession of his, and we held each other in a perilous, perfect balance like the circulation of the planets Less romance,plot, please.Thanks to the wonderful Faye for lending me this book I received this book as an Advance Review Copy all quotes are taken from an uncorrected galley and is subject to change in the final edition.


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