Cruel Beauty

Audio Book (CD) | January 28, 2014

byRosamund Hodge

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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.

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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 hi...

Rosamund Hodge grew up as a homeschooler in Los Angeles, where she spent her time reading everything she could get her hands on, especially fantasy and mythology. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Dallas and a master’s degree in medieval English from Oxford. She now lives in Seattle, Washington. Reader ...

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Format:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:5.7 × 5.2 × 1 inPublished:January 28, 2014Publisher:Blackstone AudioLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1482991438

ISBN - 13:9781482991437

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“A dazzling and clever retelling, Cruel Beauty is delightfully dark, lushly romantic, and utterly spellbinding. I adored it, and can’t wait to read Hodge’s next novel!”--Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series“A completely engrossing tale.”--Alex Flinn, New York Times bestselling author of Beastly and Towering“A marvelous and inventive book. Hodge creatively intersperses several well-known fairy tales into something that stands completely on its own. Nyx is a heroine comparable to The Hunger Games’ Katniss: she’s fierce, loyal, and a stalwart warrior. As far as debut novels go, this one is a winner!”--RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)“Absorbing, beautifully complex…Engrossing.”--Kirkus Reviews“Will have readers clutching the book and flying through the pages. Filled with mystery and romance, readers can connect to the story and feel the conflict, as well as the love. With roots in the classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast, and mythological elements from the stories of Cupid and Psyche, this book is a well crafted, modern rendition that will resonate with a wide audience. Love is cruel, but also beautiful, and Hodge has created a story around that theme that readers will devour.”--VOYA“This adaption of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ combines Greek mythology, particularly the myth of Cupid and Psyche, with fairy tale lore to weave together a complex fantasy that is rich in detail, action, and hidden meanings. Nyx comes to embrace the darkness and the light that is within her and those she loves. Though some layers of the story unravel rather confusingly, this is a clever debut novel that delivers plenty of intrigue and romance.”--Children’s Literature