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Review: Cruel Beauty

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Title: Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: January 1st 2014
Pages: 342
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ 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. ❞

I wanted my first read of 2015 to be a good one, which is why I chose Cruel Beauty. It seemed so promising and I was in a fairy tale-mood that day (if that even exists). I tried really hard to love it, heck, to like it even, but I did not succeed. While the book certainly had its good parts, it was also incredibly confusing and frustrating.