Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a reckless bargain her father struck. And since birth, she has been training to kill him. Betrayed by her family yet bound to obey, Nyx rails against her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, she abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, disarm him, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people. But Ignifex is not 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. But even if she can bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062320032
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 17 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Knowleden, Elizabeth
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Beatricksy Dec 16, 2016

The audiobook is splendidly read, and there's lots of poetic language. But it's meandering and muddled. I found the Greek elements distracting, the wandering family subplot not properly incorporated, tons of telling about the universe rather than showing (especially the first third, with thousands of badly placed infodumps). The Beast drips cliche, but I still enjoyed his snark and charm, and once we escaped the bizarre love triangle, the romance was compelling and interesting, and the shadows delightfully spooky. But the cons don't really save the pros, so I'm not thrilled to recommend it to anyone. It's harmless, but I'd rather read a different fairy tale adaptation.

Jan 02, 2015

Dark. Beautifully written. A little tragic. Hopelessly romantic. And totally unpredictable.

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