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...
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Audio, [2014]
ISBN: 9780062320032
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (10 hr., 17 min., 29 sec.)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Knowleden, Elizabeth
Alternative Title: Beauty and the beast. English


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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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