Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#48

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

15839984Favourite quotes:

1. Don’t look at the shadows too long, or a demon might look back.

2. If you desired someone, if he comforted you, if you thought he might leech the poison out of your hear, was that love? Or only desperation?

Avalon (Avalon#1) by Mindee Arnett

17149396Favourite quote: Was the promise of freedom just something the desperate and oppressed clung to because they didn’t have anything else? Had it always been just a dream, a fantasy built up in the mind of  a boy forced to grow up too soon?

Fake ID by Lamar Giles

12787708Favourite quote: You don’t have to know someone your whole life to know them. Not really. Lonely is the same everywhere.

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

18052934Favourite quote: When you’re little, you think nothing bad can happen to you because if you fall out of that tree, a fireman will catch you, or a doctor will fix it–and if someone brings a gun to school, maybe it’s okay to engage in dangerous heroics because an ambulance will get there soon enough. Now here I am with a sheriff whose first thought after a murder is maybe I can pin in on that guy I don’t like. 

Uninvited (Uninvited#1) by Sophie Jordan

13645645Favourite quote:  Some wounds are deeper than death. If nothing else, I’ve learned that.

The Lure by Lynne Ewing

18052928Favourite quotes:

1. “Four can keep a secret if three are dead.”

2. Sometimes the right choice caused suffering for the people we loved. And that was never a good reason to back down from doing what was morally right.

3. “I think I’ve been looking at my life from the wrong way,” I said. “What if, when fate gives you something bad, it’s not to defeat you, it’s so you’ll see the problem and do something about it.”

Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

15839984Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Genre: Fairy Tales (Retelling), Mythology and Young Adult

Release Date: January 28, 2014

Pages: 352 (Hardcover)

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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.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Balzer & Bray for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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If someone told me that I would love this book as much as I did after reading the first chapter, I would have laughed. I thought, because of me attachment to the original fairy tale that I would find every flaw and compare this book to the classic. But before I knew it, I couldn’t do that because I fell hard into the world of Arcadia and fell even harder for The Gentle Lord.

However, I did find some things that drove me a little crazy. So let’s talk about those things first. Nyx has been training to defeat The Gentle Lord (mmmm) for roughly eight years, ever since her father has told her about her arranged marriage she has allowed resentment and hatred fill her heart. With that being said she must have a lot of anger and killer skills to defeat this guy, right? No. Besides her petty attempts to kill him, whenever these two are near each other there’s a lot of planning and even more kissing. On top of that, Nyx has a lot of trust issues because of the fact that her father is so willing to give her up yet, the first night at the castle, she’s already kissing and trusting this other guy! Who tells her ‘not to trust him too much’. Come on, Nyx! I thought you were better than that!

Cruel Beauty is still beautiful. The idea behind it is nicely planned out, as well as setting, the castle that Nyx stays in is described throughout the book with gorgeous detail that I felt as if I were right there in the house. The mythology is creatively woven into the story with a few different tales other than The Beauty and the Beast like French Tale, Bluebeard for one. For the most part, characters a very well-developed. I especially liked Nyx because she’s so very flawed yet she finds ways around it and accepts them as a part of her. My favourite character though, has to be The Gentle Lord because well, he’s amazing. He’s a realistic character in the sense that he’s very flawed, yet readers see both sides of him, he’s complex and super sexy and…I fell for him hard.

And by fell for him, I mean,

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Rosamund Hodge was an author I was very skeptical about. I was afraid that she would  majorly mess this up because Beauty and the Beast is my favourite ever. Like, I got a set of Disney Princess, and I painted on all of them except for Belle so that she could be the prettiest (I was only ten!), but I’m happy to say that her story has satisfied me, and I’m excited to see what she comes out with next. I recommend this to everyone who likes mythology and retellings.

3.5 Dreamy Clouds
3.5 Dreamy Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.