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.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Balzer & BrayPre-Order here.
I can have this as a waiting on wednesday post even though I have an eARC of it, right? :) Because I cannot wait to read it. Though I haven't started it yet.. but I will soon, I hope :) Cause I think Cruel Beauty sounds awesome and I really hope I will love it. Hope the romance is very good. <3 Can't wait.
What are you waiting for?
That's such a gorgeous cover. I want it simply from that! Great choice, Carina! :)ReplyDelete
Okay, this looks good! I haven't heard of that book but I'll give it a shot :)ReplyDelete
I have the e-arc of it too but it seems like forever until I can get to reading it. I love the cover and summary--sounds so good. Hopefully it meets our expectations!ReplyDelete
My Friends Are Fiction's WoW
I can not wait to read this one either. The cover! The premise! Beauty and the Beast!ReplyDelete
(I have an egalley too and can not wait to get to it, but I'm a first round Cybils panelist and nominations started yesterday so it maybe a while.)
Yes! I have this loaded on my iPad, just waiting for me to start it. I can't wait! It sounds like it will be amazing. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
You will love it - it's amazing.:) Great choice.ReplyDelete
Glass @ Way Too Hot Books
I am excited for this one too. Hope you get to read it soon!ReplyDelete
Brandi at Blkosiner’s Book Blog
LOVE books like this, I am very excited about this one :) Hope its amazing:)ReplyDelete
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Leydy @OUaT & RCE
LOL Carina, it's okay to cheat a little ;) Thanks to Harper's auto-approval, I now have to go back and revise WoW posts I scheduled through April, because most of the books I chose to "wait for" are Harper books. Sigh. But that is so okay! I'm not complaining :DReplyDelete
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Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!
I've requested this book, so I can't wait! Perhaps I'm lucky enough to get it :DReplyDelete
I love fary retellings. I neeed thisReplyDelete
Lovely cover! I'm waiting for this one as well!ReplyDelete
I'm always game for a good Beauty and the Beast retelling! I hope this one is amazing!ReplyDelete
So excited for this one-I adore fairy tale retellings and this pretty cover makes me so happy to see!ReplyDelete