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{Read Epub} õ Bellezza crudele ⚣ Costretta a fidanzarsi con il malvagio governatore del suo Regno, la giovane e determinata Nyx sa che il suo destino sposarlo, ma per coronare il suo sogno pi segreto ucciderlo e liberare finalmente il popolo dal giogo di quella crudele tirannia Eppure nel giorno del suo diciassettesimo compleanno quando la ragazza si trasferisce con lui nel castello sulla cima pi alta di tutto il Paese capisce che nulla come se l era aspettato, soprattutto il nuovo marito, incredibilmente affascinante e seducente Nyx sa che deve salvare la sua gente a tutti i costi, eppure resistere al suo nemico giurato sta diventando sempre pi difficile perch lui ben deciso a conquistare il cuore della sua sposaCon il suo romanzo d esordio, Bellezza crudele, Rosamund Hodge ci regala una favola romantica, che far sognare le lettrici, e inaugura una nuova saga che vede protagonista la coraggiosa eroina Nyx 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 Well, I thought this was wonderful.What is Cruel Beauty It s a gorgeously written blend of Beauty and the Beast retelling and Greek mythology It s at once a powerful, wonderful, heart breaking love story and so so muchthan that It s a dark tale that stabs you in the heart at every turn and constantly throws all new levels of craziness into the mix And it s the latest addition to my favourite YA of all time shelf.Cruel Beauty shouldn t work But somehow it does It managed to have m Well, I thought this was wonderful.What is Cruel Beauty It s a gorgeously written blend of Beauty and the Beast retelling and Greek mythology It s at once a powerful, wonderful, heart breaking love story and so so muchthan that It s a dark tale that stabs you in the heart at every turn and constantly throws all new levels of craziness into the mix And it s the latest addition to my favourite YA of all time shelf.Cruel Beauty shouldn t work But somehow it does It managed to have me on the edge of my seat from start to finish It shocked me It creeped me out I laughed I cried I m still not sure I understand the ending but I am sure that it doesn t really matter In short, I loved it It was one of those rare books that literally glued my eyes to the page, had me devouring each sentence in a mad need to find out what the hell was going on and what would happen It was a bizarrely beautiful little addiction and I only hope this signifies the start of a great year for young adult after the last was so disappointing.So Nyx The best books are held aloft by a great protagonist and Cruel Beauty is no exception Nyx is exactly the kind of character I love She s strong willed, witty and brave She s also angry, bitter and ferocious She s lived her whole life being prepared as a weapon and as a sacrifice Her father made a deal with the Gentle Lord the evil ruler of their kingdom before Nyx and her twin sister were born Their mother had been unable to conceive a child, so their father foolishly asked that the Lord grant them children and promised one of his daughters to the Lord in exchange But he also lost his wife to childbirth in the bargain The Gentle Lord s habit of cashing in double on his deals is well known Nyx, as the child her father loved less, has long known her destiny to be the wife of the Gentle Lord When the times comes, she goes with determination, fear and anger She does not play by the Lord s rules She is defiant She tests his patience I liked her instantly.Then there is Ignifex, of course The Lord that has terrorized their kingdom for centuries The one who carries the blood of countless innocents on his hands But, unsurprisingly, things are never quite that simple What I liked best about Ignifex was his wicked sense of humour There s nothing quite like a villain who is constantly witty and hilarious The complex layers of each character in this book just blew my mind, no one is ever simple or cliche The heroine does plenty of bad things and the evil villain well, be careful you don t fall in love.Cruel Beauty was just so unexpected I thought I knew exactly what it was as soon as I glimpsed the cover, title and GR description I thought I understood perfectly and I thought I d probably read countless versions of the same book How wrong I was This is honestly quite unlike anything I ve ever read before I liked how everything about the book, the setting, the story and the characters was a bit like one of those Russian dolls Something else within something else within something else Then there s that whole haunting bittersweet tone that permeates this entire novel I swear Ms Hodge has perfected the art of raising goosebumps with a perfectly spun twist on an old Greek myth And it just got better and better I think this review isof an incoherent mess of feelings, so I ll stop now before the drooling starts What I want to know is this when is the author releasing another book Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr 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.