My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Cruel Beauty” is a retelling of the fairytale “Beauty and The Beast”.
Due to a bargain—that her father struck before she was born—Nyx is the Gentle Lord’s Betrothed. Raised to kill the demon who holds the kingdom captive, she isn’t exactly pleased by the prospect of sharing his bed for the rest of her life.
I devoured this book in the span of mere hours. And I absolutely loved the book.
Much like the original fairytale, Nyx is taken to the “beast”, where she’s immediately confused by the massive house, that seems to have magical abilities in itself. As she tries her best to fight against her (super hot) new husband, Ignifix, she befriends his shadow—a servant who somehow looks exactly like Ignifix.
I was a bit confused by the Greek Mythology that seemed pretty random, but probably served a purpose that I just couldn’t understand. The fact that something I already knew was mixed with something entirely new to me—it threw me off my game a few times. I always feel like that when pieces of the “real world” is incorporated into a fantasy world.
But it didn’t distract me from the book. I still loved every word, sentence, paragraph and page.
As I read, I noticed a few things:
– Her family is seriously messed up. I mean, her dad bargained for her two daughters to be born healthy, and then sends one of them to this creature he hates, all while he canoodles with his deceased wife’s sister? That’s messed up, dude.
– I don’t care, I call dibs on Ignifix and Shadow.
– I loved the characters in general. The backstory of the “curse” and even the solution at the end.
By now, I am probably relatively close to become a major fairytale-retelling fangirl, and I really enjoyed this one. It was familiar, but still very surprising.
Would Recommend to: People who like “Beauty And The Beast” and people who enjoy retellings in general.