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’ve written this review many times. I’m not happy with any of them. Let’s see if this one makes sense. I think I’ve been having a hard time reviewing this book because I really don’t know what I feel. One of the factors I am very confused about is the heroine. Nyx wasn’t likable in my opinion. She’s not your typical selfless heroine that would do anything for her family. No, Nyx is bitter and complains a lot. It gets to the point where she gets a bit annoying. BUT thinking about her as annoying makes me feel guilty. Why? Because I would be complaining and blaming the world for my misfortune. I think anyone in her position would feel this way.
Also, what makes me feel a little weird about this book was the weirdly unique love triangle and the first kiss. I felt nothing for Shade. I thought that whatever was happening between him and Nyx was very odd and I had this bad feeling about him from the get go. I didn’t get it. Ignifex was what made the book interesting, and I wish he had a bigger story line. I actually loved the chemistry between Nyx and Ignifex. They made me chuckle and sigh a few times. Why the author made this weird love triangle out of the love story in this book, is beyond me. Nyx and Ignifex were amazing together.
The plot was interesting enough to keep me reading. I figured out the main twist pretty early on in the book. The ending caught me by surprise, though. I thought Hodge did a good job with how things get solved. I don't know if this is a series or stand alone. But I kinda want to read what Hodge comes up with next.