Cruel Beauty by Rosamind Hodge

I was raised to marry a monster. The day before the wedding, I could barely breathe. Fear and fury curdled in my stomach. All afternoon I skulked in the library, running my hands over the leather spines of books I would never touch again. I leaned against the shelves and wished I could run, wished I could scream at the people who had made this fate for me.

Nyx has never really felt love for her family especially since they chose to sacrifice her for the good of their world.

A hundred times I wished I could ask him, Why did you kiss my lips? Why don’t you kiss me again? But the words always stuck in my throat: they were too needy, too selfish, too foolish—and how could I ask for more, when he had already given me so much? I still wasn’t sure that I loved him. Love—the kind that was holy to Aphrodite—was not something I had ever allowed myself to think about much. If you desired someone, if he comforted you, if you thought he might leech the poison out of your heart, was that love? Or only desperation?

With Ignifex her feelings only become more complicated, can she really fall for the one person she has been raised to hate? Raised to kill?

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars. I have to say that I really liked the premise of this book, but some of the execution was sub-par. For example Nyx was a strong, but confused heroine who struggled with fulfilling her duties. While she did have growth I felt that her character definitely was not fully developed and she could have been so much more. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that some things that happened were never really explained (I don’t want to spoil). For one character to know what they know and not really act on it really bugged me. The last thing that really bugged me was the ending, while it was great and gave closure; it also left me confused as to what really happened and how it happened. Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, the author was for the most part able to paint a picture in my head a lot of the scenes were pretty cool. Also I loved that at any given point any character had the potential to change, all the main characters in the book were the villain at some point (which was cool because it kinda kept you guessing). Anyway, this book can be read as a standalone and go check it out 😉 .

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