Waiting on Wednesday #63: ‘Cruel Beauty’ by Rosamund Hodge


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty Universe

Rosamund Hodge

Publication Date:
January 28th, 2014

Balzer & Bray

Hardcover, 324 pages

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.

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Loving this cover and the fact that she’s supposed to kill him. Can’t wait for this retelling!

What do you think about my pick for Waiting on Wednesday this week?


  1. Jayne

    October 31, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    I can’t wait for this book! It looks (and sounds) amazing!

  2. Diana Grace

    August 16, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    This book sounds great! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. elena

    August 1, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    This book looks great but I hope it’s not going to turn into another Strands of Bronze and Gold. That book was a major let down.

  4. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    July 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    This sounds so intriguing! My first time seeing this but I am definitely adding this to my TBR! Plus, I LOVE that cover! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Great pick! 😀

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  5. Stephanie Verhaegen

    July 16, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    I got this from Edelweiss! Can’t wait to start it. ^^

  6. Kamla L.

    June 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I love fairy tale retellings and this one sound so unique and intriguing. Plus, the cover is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for putting it on my radar!

  7. Stacy Renee @ LazyDayLiterature

    June 29, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    This is the first time I’ve seen this book and the idea of a castle that is practically a maze intrigues me very much. I’ve always loved the story of Beauty and the Beast, too. 🙂

  8. Leeanna

    June 28, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Okay, that sounds awesome. I also like that it’s a standalone!

  9. Jamie

    June 27, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Utterly love this cover. Sounds interesting too!

  10. Cali W.

    June 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    This book sounds so cool and I love the cover. Magical rooms! <3

  11. Sharon - Obsession with Books

    June 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    I haven’t heard of this one before now but it sounds wonderful! I’m a big fan of fairytale re-tellings.

    Thank-you for stopping by my WoW Giselle 🙂

    Sharon – Obsession with Books

  12. Jaime Lester

    June 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I, Jaime Lester, will have this book sitting on my shelf as soon as humanly possible. Hopefully, for some strange but completely awesome reason, the next time I look at this on Goodreads to drool over it, the release date will be August 2013!!

  13. Jaime Lester

    June 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I, Jaime Lester, will have this book sitting on my shelf as soon as humanly possible. Hopefully, for some strange but completely awesome reason, the next time I look at this on Goodreads to drool over it, the release date will be August 2013!!

  14. Andrea @ The Bookish Babe

    June 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    That is a striking cover! Very attention-grabbing, and the story sounds good too.
    Thanks for sharing, Giselle!

  15. bn100

    June 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Sounds like an interesting twist

  16. Nancy

    June 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    THIS cover is amazing!!! and the premise is mind blowing. Great WoW!

  17. Siobhan

    June 26, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    This one was on my list today too!
    Great choice Giselle! Love me some fairy tale retellings!!

  18. Nikki H @ Take Me Away...

    June 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    This was my Wow pick for the week as well! Great pick!

  19. Brenna

    June 26, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    I have seen this one on a few other WoW it really looks like a good one!

    Here is My WoW

    Brenna @ Two-Tall-Tales

  20. Jackie @ the Hardcover Obsession

    June 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    WHAT!? There is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and she is suppose to kill him?! O.O lol! I think I might have to pick it up just for that reason alone 😀 I love the creativity of the names as well lol.

    Great choice Giselle 🙂

    Here’s my choice for this week:

    PS: The photo didn’t show up for me 🙁

    • Giselle

      June 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Thanks Jackie for letting me know it wasn’t working LOL

  21. Tammy Sparks

    June 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I already have added this to Goodreads, great choice this week! The cover is amazing.

    Here’s my WOW.

  22. Lisa (Lost in Literature)

    June 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    This sounds like a fabulous retelling! Thanks for sharing, such a great pick! 🙂

  23. Alyssa Susanna

    June 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    No picture! But I saw this one on Epic Reads. I can’t wait to read it either! I love retellings. And this one has a pretty cover 🙂

    Check out my WoW post!

    • Giselle

      June 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Oops sorry about that :S

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