Waiting on Wednesday: Cruel Beauty


This is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that showcases upcoming releases that we’re eagerly waiting for.

This week I’ve selected:

cruel beauty

Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Release Date: January 28th 2014 by Balzer & Bray


From Goodreads:

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.


This book sounds like it would be so good! It also doesn’t seem to be part of a series too, which is awesome since I could enjoy the whole thing and I won’t have to wait for the next book.

What are you waiting for this week?


15 comments on “Waiting on Wednesday: Cruel Beauty

  1. I don’t know about this book!!! I am so convinced I wouldn’t like it and I wanted to ignore it but it is everywhere and peoples’ reviews are amazing and what to dooo??? Ha, I’m confused, but I totally get why people are so excited about it 😀

  2. I’ve been seeing this one on WoW posts for a long time. Not sure if it’s the story for me, but I love the cover!

  3. Wonderful pick ^^ I am definitely waiting on this one right along with you – and I also like that it seems like a standalone so far 😀 I hope we both get to read it asap!!

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