"I should have known...Why did I ever think that I would get to keep what I loved?"
--Rosamund Hodge, Cruel Beauty
--Rosamund Hodge, Cruel Beauty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray, 352 pages
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Source: eARC provided by publisher via EdelweissMy Thoughts
The BelleSoooo, I had really high expectations for this book. Beauty and the Beast is my absolute FAVORITE story of all time. Obviously, I have a love for Belle...my blog name and all...so I was SO FREAKIN' EXCITED to read this when I got it from Edelweiss...but maybe my expectations were too high..Ok, let me try to break this down. This is going to be a very mixed review because there were aspects I love but overall, it was the execution that killed it for me.
The World. The world building is impeccable and seriously amazing. The world Rosamund Hodge creates is a fantasy lovers dream. The Greek mythology interweaving with their belief system is unique and so brilliant. I loved how she used that influence in the story and weaved together fantasy and legends.
The Heroine. Nyx is kickass. She's a shoots-then-looks kind of girl. She is quick to fight back and shoot off her mouth. Needless to say, I loved her. She has lived her entire life in defense of her family and her entire being is buils upon the fact that she is to marry and then kill him in order to release the dictatorship hold he has over her town. I love her strength and I found her irrational behavior at times to be very realistic and understandable...however, there were parts of her character that didn't mesh well with me...see below.
The Ending. The ending is amazing. How things happen and what goes down I could not put the book down or read fast enough. The only thing that could have made it better were if I had more emotional attachment to the characters. I loved the ending but it would have been WAY MORE if I was feeling along with them.
The Heroine. I did not love most of Nyx's emotional reactions to things. I felt like her emotional attachment to Shade and Ignifex was too quick and transitioned without a lot of emotional foundation. While a lot of time may have passed, there wasn't anything written in order to build up the emotional attachment. They may have been co-existing but this is a book, I need to read about how they are feeling and why I should be attached to them and rooting for them.
The Hero. Overall, I liked Ignifex but I wanted more. I saw his character as so complex and intriguing and I so wanted, no NEEDED, more of him emotionally. More development and into his head juuuust a bit. I wanted to fall in love with these characters individually and then together and it just didn't happen.
The Emotions. I wanted a sweeping love story that had my heart racing and my chest hurting and unfortunately, I just didn't get that. It fell short.I am quite sad I didn't connect more with these characters. Trust me, I wanted to! I really, really did but it just didn't happen.
Should You RSVP To This Ball?
Maybe. If you're looking for a story to take the place of the beloved Beauty and the Beast--look elsewhere. If you want an amazing world with pretty good characters--this is for you.