Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#39): Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week, I'm featuring:


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.



Graceling is like, one of my favorite books ever, and I love Beauty and the Beast, and I love retellings, so... THERE :D

Edited 09/25 - well, speak of the devil. Harper auto-approved me on Edelweiss! So, I actually have this book now ;)

48 comments:

  1. Waiting on this one too! :)

    (I'm also loving all of the Beauty and the Beast retellings, recently)

    Jess @ bookrookreviews.com

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  2. That is the most beautiful cover work I have ever saw. O_O I have to buy this to go on my branch book shelf.

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    1. Isn't it?! I love it. And LOL that's awesome!

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  3. I love Beauty and the Beast tales too. This sounds awesome.

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  4. I'm dying to read this one as well. I have heard some amazing things about it and I hope you'll get to read it soon. Great pick :)

    Tanja @ Ja čitam, a ti?

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    1. Thanks to Harper, I will! Thank you, Tanja!

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  5. Wow, this one sounds great. And the cover is gorgeous, nice pick!

    Here’s my WoW!

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  6. I'm waiting on this book as well :) I absolutely love the cover.

    My WoW :)


    Jackie @Jackie's Book World

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  7. I really can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this! It looks so good!

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  8. Lol, I love the sound of this one for all the same reasons. The cover's not what I would hope for though... Nevermind - an awesome synopsis and novel and a cover I like would be too much to ask for I guess. Here's hoping January arrives quickly! :-) Awesome pick honey, thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm sorry that you don't really like the cover! But it sounds good nonetheless. Thank you!

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  9. I've seen this book around SO much lately and I definitely want to give it a try :) Great pick!

    Janina
    My WW!

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  10. OOOOMG! This one's been everywhere and I have to say that I am dying to read it too!! Love retellings and this one sounds remarkable!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. I hope you do, Jessica! Retellings are quite popular these days ;)

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  11. I really want to read this one as well. Retellings are awesome, and this one sounds like no exception.

    Grace
    Books of Love
    http://gracebooksoflove.com

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  12. I'm not so sure about the book itself, though it sounds interesting, but WOW what a beauty of a cover!!


    My WoW: http://pili-inlovewithhandmade.blogspot.com.es/2013/09/waiting-on-wednesday-9.html

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  13. Def excited for this one. Hope you get to read it soon!
    Brandi at Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  14. I STILL need to read Graceling - you just reminded me!

    I'm hoping to read Cruel Beauty, too. My EW request has been pending for 10 days. Come on, Harper! :)

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

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    1. GRACELING! :D

      10 days - psh. Mine was pending for about a month. But, thankfully, I'm auto-approved for Harper titles now!

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  15. Really looking forward to Cruel Beauty too. Great pick :)
    My WoW

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  16. Yay! I'm excited for this too! I got it a few weeks back and I'm definitely looking forward to starting it! Happy reading girl (I saw you just got it on Twitter!)

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  17. I'm reading this at the moment and so far I'm enjoying it.

    A nice pick - Sharon – Obsession with Books

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  18. I'm so excited about this one! I absolutely need to read it when it comes out.

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  19. I have really high hopes for this one. It sounds like a perfect blend of all the things I love!

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    1. EXACTLY! Hopefully, nothing goes wrong D:

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  20. I love fairytale retellings! I hope we both enjoy this one :D

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Shaheen @ Speculating on SpecFic
    Check out what I'm waiting on!

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  21. Super excited for this one! One of my favorite covers. Love Beauty and the Beast retellings. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Definitely a gorgeous one. You're very welcome, Jennifer!

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  22. Yay! Awesome pick. It's my pick for next week, lol ;p I have it via Edelweiss, just need to start reading it, lol :p Graceling is my favorite book ever. Sigh. So good. Just hoping Cruel Beauty will be a little good as well :D

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    1. I got it as well! Read it! And I loved Fire more, but Graceling is amazing. Me too, Carina, me too!

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  23. Oooh. This does sound good. I enjoy retellings too, and Beauty and the Beast was one of my fave fairy tales as a kid. Thanks for sharing this book and congratulations on being approved on Edelwiess!

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    1. YAY! Retellings are awesome. Thank you so much, Ellen!

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  24. Whoa! Seeing the cover in your post, I JUST NOW made the connection that it's a rose and a spiral staircase. That took me awhile to figure out! Haha :) But this book looks really good and I'm excited for it!! I didn't realize it wasn't coming out until January though! Bummer :(

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    1. LOL! That's great :D I'm sorry that you have to wait so long! Maybe, with your fabulous winning streak, you'll get an ARC ;)

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