Review: Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe) by Rosamund Hodge

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 love beauty and the beast and greek mythology, so this book was a win for me. I know. I know. Beauty and the Beast meets Greek Mythology? Those do not go together. But in this book, they do go together. The author made it happen.
Since she was a child, Nyx has known that she would be married off to the demon lord. She also knew what her task was, to kill the demon lord so she would free the kingdom of Arcadia. She tried to make peace with it. She tried to make peace with a lot of things. That her father loves her twin sister Astraia more than he would ever love her. That he chose Astraia over her. That she would never get to know what real love feels like. Yes, all miserable things. Nyx also tried not to feel bitter and to truly love her sister; but how could you love someone that causes you so much pain?
I hated Nyx’s entire family. They were horrible. Her father especially, what a cruel man. Her aunt is no better, and her sister is useless. Poor Nyx.
Nyx is finally married and dropped off at the demon lord’s castle. She finally meets her husband, Ignifex. Ignifex is the demon lord, and he was not a good man, err demon, whatever he is; but I loved him. He was bad, but not entirely bad, just bad enough. I loved his character. It was so complex and he was just so mysterious. I love mysterious.
A lot of people are bothered by the love triangle in this book, but it was not an issue for me. I didn’t really feel like there even was a love triangle. This is just my opinion though.
I loved reading about the different adventures Nyx had inside the castle. Not all of them were enjoyable for Nyx, but all of them were exciting for me.
Again when I was reading the reviews, a lot said that this book was all about love and its main focus was love, and the romance was overwhelming. I didn’t feel that. Maybe it’s because I actually like romance.

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