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"When I was a teenager, I struggled a lot with my temper. Most people would have called me a “nice girl,” but I sure didn’t feel nice. So I always loved heroines who got to be angry, who felt and said and did ugly things. They didn’t even have to be heroines. I sympathized with all the Mean Girl characters I ever read about, even the really awful ones you were supposed to hate — because I could be kind of awful too, sometimes. And I was desperate for stories about girls like me.
I had to write CRUEL BEAUTY because I wanted a story about a girl who was genuinely ugly inside. A girl who was prepared to die saving her world, but who was also jealous and resentful and sometimes cruel; a girl who hated both her uncaring father and her innocent sister. And who still got to fall in love, and tell her own story, and become a hero.”
—Rosamund Hodge (x)

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”

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.