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Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe Book 1) by [Rosamund Hodge]
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Gr 9 Up—Nyx Triskelion has known for most of her life that she must marry Ignifex, the "Gentle Lord" who terrorizes her world, due to a bargain her father made before her birth. She also knows that once married, she must destroy the evil despot and the demons under his command. For years, Nyx has been training in the Hermetic Arts, the method by which she is supposed to kill her husband. Yet when the time comes, she cannot shake the desire she develops for him. It does not help that she was raised as barely more than a sacrifice, unused to the idea of love. Despite her attraction to Ignifex, Nyx makes several attempts on his life (all of which are easily thwarted). Hodge's story infuses elements of Greek mythology and classic fairy tales. The plot moves quickly, and the characters are well formed; their transgressions make them interesting and authentic. The complex relationship between Nyx and Ignifex is especially engaging. An entertaining read for teens who enjoy romantic fantasy.—Kristyn Dorfman, The Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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As part of her father’s ill-considered bargain, 17-year-old Nyx has been betrothed to the “gentle lord,” the prince of demons who destroyed the line of Arcadian kings and now torments the villagers. Coached by her father and underground patriots, Nyx plans to kill the gentle lord, the beast she comes to know as Ignifex, and release Arcadia from his evil power. Nyx discovers, however, that Ignifex struggles with his own demons, and against her will and steely determination, she falls in love with him. A compelling and convincing narrator, the feisty Nyx mellows and evolves as she relates the story. Based on “The Beauty and the Beast” and borrowing ancient Greek gods and myths as well as folklore motifs, Nyx’s Arcadia is a fascinating if sometimes confusing, complex fantasy world. Sexuality is never explicit, but confrontations and sexual tension between Nyx and Ignifex propel the fast-paced romantic fantasy. Grades 8-11. --Linda Perkins --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00DB365MK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (January 28, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 28, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1230 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 357 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars May Want To Wait Before Diving In
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2.0 out of 5 stars Monsters Lose Momentum.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of interesting elements and an attempt at a villain/heroine romance - but ultimately fell flat
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5.0 out of 5 stars A retelling of the fairytale “Beauty and The Beast”.
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