The Twisted Tale of Cruel Beauty & WAYRW

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What Are You Reading Wednesday - Cruel Beauty



Fairy tales have filled societies and cultures for ages.  Each culture seems to have their own tales, lore, and fables full of warnings and guidance and wisdom for future generations to know.

Recently, I fear, our modern society has become so jaded that we simply desire pretty stories without much real warning in it. Specifically in our fairy tales.

Do you think that will impact future generations?


What Are You Reading Wednesday - Cruel Beauty



Needless to say, I'm so excited at the darkness and the warnings filling the space between the words in Cruel Beauty, and I'm not even halfway through it.



Where This Idea Came From...

The idea is that each week all of us book bloggers can write a post where we talk about the book or books we are reading for the week - and yes if you are still reading the same book for a few weeks in a row that is totally fine.  Just be sure to include the answers to the five questions for What are you reading Wednesday in your post.  Then hop over to one of the host sites and share your link!

Of course, this will be even more fun if you leave the host a comment, and then jump around to another post or two, or five, and gush with them!

We cannot wait to see what you are reading.



What Are You Reading Wednesday - the nitty-gritty

Share the book/s you are reading with their author, maybe even the cover... and then answer these questions for at least one of them.
  1. Why did you decide to pick up this book - cover or content?
  2. Who is your favorite character so far, and why?
  3. Will you finish this one?
  4. Finish the sentence:  This book reminds me of... (other books, movies, TV shows...)
  5. What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down,...)

What are you reading Wednesday book blogger meme



Marissa's Current Reads

I've had a busy week... so not much has happened in the actual reading department....

  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas 
  • The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso 
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare


Cruel Beauty  by Rosamund Hodge

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.



Why did you decide to pick up this book - cover or content?

A mix of both - the cover is very pretty and intriguing - but it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling - so I was in!

Who is your favorite character so far, and why?

Shade is very interesting... and complex, and I'm not sure if I like him or not... And Nyx is a very good Beauty-like character - strong willed, and yet concerned about always being caring.  She is very complex though, and we get a ton of her thoughts and emotions which help show her complexity as she struggles with kindness, freedom, justice, life...

Will you finish this one?

Oh yes... it's good... and there are some twists I am pretty sure are on deck... but there is still the chance there will be some big surprises even if this story is being retold again and again anymore.

Finish the sentence:  This book reminds me of... (other books, movies, TV shows...)

So many... A Court of Thorns & Roses, for a more Teen audience... Hunted...  And then the dark side of the magic reminds me of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, yet the writing is smooth and steady with a ton of inner dialogue.  The fairy tales in this, weaved into Beauty and the Beast are vast... especially I love the use of Rumpelstiltskin and Bluebeard 

What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down,...)

It is intriguing.  I think I know how it's going to go and then there is a twist. But it's steady. 




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Are you fairy tale fan?

If you follow me at all, I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale.  I love them all, and I want to get my hands on as many reimaginings as I can.  They are so fun, and the possibilities are endless.


What Are You Reading Wednesday - Cruel Beauty











***Oh and a small note about the link up - please leave a bookish link.  I would love to hear about what you are currently reading. If you want to answer these five questions great!  If you'd rather just share about what you are reading, I'm up for that too.  If you have a question, feel free to ask it!***



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