July 24, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday: 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.

My WoW pick this week is:

Cruel Beauty
Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer & Bray (Harper Teen)
Publication Date: January 28th 2014
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780062224736

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.


Four reasons I'm very impatiently waiting on Cruel Beauty:
One: I'm always game for a good fairy tale retelling! 
Two: Freaking phenomenal cover!
Three: I LOVED Graceling by Kristin Cashore! Like the whole series, in my top ten all time favorite books ever!
Four: Who doesn't love Beauty and the Beast?
Five: The blurb actually says "Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast"!


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  1. I love the blurb too! Graceling was awesome so that is a great combination! I can't wait!

  2. I'm looking forward to this one too!! Here's my WoW, if you're interested. :)

  3. I'm obsessed with Graceling too! That cover, agreed, so beautiful. I think I shelved it under "eyes exploding" which is so accurate. I feel like my eyes popped out of my head when I first saw this :D

  4. Great pick! I have the e-ARC of this, but I haven't read it yet.

  5. What a great cover, with the stairs as a rose! How fun! Thanks for introducing this one!

  6. This sounds fantastic, and you are so right about the cover

  7. I'm going to add this one to my wish list! Sounds really amazing. I love Beauty & the Beast stories, and this one seems like it would be very intriguing.


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