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The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny. For fans of bestselling authors Kristin Cashore and Alex Flinn, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.

Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart.

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January 3rd, 2015
Cruel. Drastic. Love Story. From the very first page till the very last, Cruel Beauty has been like a complete addiction; keeping me on edge at all times and having my eyes glued right onto every page! I just wished the story wouldn't have ended so soon! Since childhood I have adored the Beauty and the Beast story. As for Cruel Beauty I had jumped into conclusion and assumed that it was like any other version of Beauty and the Beast. Surely this novel has definitely proved me wrong! Honestly this book was so different from many novels I have read. Uniquely everything throughout this story just fits perfectly. It brings the story of Beauty and the Beast to a whole new spectrum, which I absolutely loved! Though I've had many accurate predictions throughout the story, the ending just left me speechless. I predicted it would have been a sad and disastrous ending, where author Rosamond Hodge had ended the story where the couple; Nyx and her beloved, were doomed of love for each other. I am so happy she did not! The ending was a perfect balance, a satisfying meal! As well as the overall outcome of the book! I love the plot, the characters, the writing, most importantly the ending! "I love you more than any other creature, because you are cruel, and kind, and alive." "Where you go, I shall go; where you die, I shall die, and there will I be buried."
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Will so read again.
March 18th, 2014
I enjoyed this book so much. A new twist on everything, different from anything I have read before. I couldn't help but keep turning the pages. The ending was wonderful. The dark side of this story left me entranced at the different perspective. I have a feeling this book will be better the second time through.
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