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Cruel beauty, Rosamund Hodge

Label
Cruel beauty
Title
Cruel beauty
Statement of responsibility
Rosamund Hodge
Title variation
Sundered
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Betrothed to the demon who rules her country and trained all her life to kill him, seventeen-year-old Nyx Triskelion must now fulfill her destiny and move to the castle to be his wife
Writing style
Character
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YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2016
Review
  • Grades 8-11 As part of her father’s ill-considered bargain, 17-year-old Nyx has been betrothed to the “gentle lord,” the prince of demons who destroyed the line of Arcadian kings and now torments the villagers. Coached by her father and underground patriots, Nyx plans to kill the gentle lord, the beast she comes to know as Ignifex, and release Arcadia from his evil power. Nyx discovers, however, that Ignifex struggles with his own demons, and against her will and steely determination, she falls in love with him. A compelling and convincing narrator, the feisty Nyx mellows and evolves as she relates the story. Based on “The Beauty and the Beast” and borrowing ancient Greek gods and myths as well as folklore motifs, Nyx’s Arcadia is a fascinating if sometimes confusing, complex fantasy world. Sexuality is never explicit, but confrontations and sexual tension between Nyx and Ignifex propel the fast-paced romantic fantasy. -- Perkins, Linda (Reviewed 05-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 18)
  • Gr 9 Up — Nyx Triskelion has known for most of her life that she must marry Ignifex, the "Gentle Lord" who terrorizes her world, due to a bargain her father made before her birth. She also knows that once married, she must destroy the evil despot and the demons under his command. For years, Nyx has been training in the Hermetic Arts, the method by which she is supposed to kill her husband. Yet when the time comes, she cannot shake the desire she develops for him. It does not help that she was raised as barely more than a sacrifice, unused to the idea of love. Despite her attraction to Ignifex, Nyx makes several attempts on his life (all of which are easily thwarted). Hodge's story infuses elements of Greek mythology and classic fairy tales. The plot moves quickly, and the characters are well formed; their transgressions make them interesting and authentic. The complex relationship between Nyx and Ignifex is especially engaging. An entertaining read for teens who enjoy romantic fantasy.—Kristyn Dorfman, The Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY --Kristyn Dorfman (Reviewed February 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 2, p106)
  • Fiery 17-year-old Nyx has always known she is destined to marry the prince of demons—her father bargained her away before she was born. Even so, she has been trained in the Hermetic principles, and she hopes to use her skills to thwart Ingnifex's power and save her homeland from his control. When she arrives at the ruins of his ancient castle, nothing is at it seems: the rooms constantly change location, and she finds both beautiful magic and chilling horrors behind the countless doors. Also, Nyx cannot deny her attraction to Ingnifex, who is not exactly the monster she dreaded to meet. Debut novelist Hodge has created a rich, complete world in this twist on "Beauty and the Beast"; it can be slow-going (though not unrewarding) to wade through details about the demon's many rooms and the complicated, tragic mythology that brought him there. However, the banter between these well-matched foils is lively and sharp, and the pace picks up toward the end as Nyx first sacrifices for duty, and then for her own heart. Ages 13–up. Agent: Hannah Bowman, Liza Dawson Associates. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed January 27, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 04, p)
  • An absorbing, beautifully complex retelling of the "Cupid and Psyche" myth. Nyx Triskelion has been raised to marry and defeat the Gentle Lord, the tyrant held responsible for sundering her land from the rest of the world and controlling the demons that haunt it. Nyx is distressed to find herself attracted to her beautiful new husband, Ignifex, whom she has been taught to loathe, while simultaneously developing feelings for his servant, Shade. But this is no fairy-tale romance, and Nyx remains true to her promise, making several attempts on Ignifex's life that only succeed in entertaining him and eliciting flirtatious responses. As Nyx unravels the truth behind the isolation of her land, as well as the very existence of both Ignifex and Shade, it becomes clear that only when she accepts her feelings can she face the truth: She must choose between following her heart and fulfilling her duty. A rather dramatic first encounter between Nyx and Ignifex belies what comes after—an intricate and arresting tale well worth readers' time. Twining themes of self-awareness and the duality of human nature, Hodge succeeds in creating a refreshingly human and real protagonist and love interest. They are both strong and flawed, and they—even more strikingly—embrace those qualities in themselves and each other. Engrossing. (Fantasy. 14 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10275869
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hodge, Rosamund
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL820L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PZ7.H66144
LC item number
Cr 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
5.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Demonology
  • Demonology
  • Fantasy
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Cruel beauty, Rosamund Hodge
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
997201
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
346 pages
Isbn
9780062224736
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013015418
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780062224736
Label
Cruel beauty, Rosamund Hodge
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
997201
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
346 pages
Isbn
9780062224736
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013015418
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780062224736

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