Dec 4, 2013

WoW #141: Cruel Beauty + WWW #86!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
     

Cruel Beauty
by 
Rosamund Hodge

Publication date:
January 28th, 2014


Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

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.
 
 
 
  
  
 
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
This weekly meme is being hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading!
  
     

What am I currently reading?

  
  
I absolutely love Daniel Mackenzie! He was such a sweety as a character in the previous books, so I already adored him & was really looking forward to his book, but now that he's all grown up now, he's even more amazing & so, so charming, so even though I've read only a 3rd of the book so far, I think I'm in love, and I don't want this book to end. This is a big deal when it comes to me, since I rarely crush on book characters, and even more rare is that I want to hug a character & never let him go.
I just started These Broken Stars, and although I'm only at the beginning, I already like it a lot, and I think that this will be a sweet book.
 

What did I recently finish reading?

 
 
After almost 2 years, I finally decided to return to the Lords of the Underworld series, and read Paris & Sienna's book The Darkest Seduction & it was absolutely amazing. 
After that I jumped right into Wicked Nights - the first book in the spin-off series Angels of the Dark, and although it was on the predictable side, so it wasn't as amazing as The Darkest Seduction, it was a great read & I loved the book, and I'm already hooked on the series.
I also finished The Storyteller, a book that even though it was contemporary mystery, it was magical, and totally heartbreaking, and one of those rare books that will stay with me for a long time. Review to come soon.
And I also finally finished re-reading City of Bones. It took me a month, but I made it, and even though I didn't like it, I am decided to read at least books 2 & 3, hopefully some time in 2014.
 
  

What do I think I'll read next?

 
 
I want to start & read all of these right now, but I'll try to go one book at a time, which for me is almost impossible.
I need to start Vicious for this month's read-along, and I also want to read the 2nd Angels of the Dark book Beauty Awakened, the 2nd White Rabbit Chronicles book Through the Zombie Glass & the 2nd Finishing School book Curtsies & Conspiracies. I'm a big fan of both Gena Showalter & Gail Carriger, and I loved all the 1st books in all 3 series (I rated them all 4.5 of 5).
I'd also like to finally read Sandy Williams's The Shadow Reader & to re-read Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder, before I continue the rest of the Healer series.
 
 
How about you? 
 
What are you waiting &/0r reading this week?
 
Leave me your WoW &/or WWW links!

43 comments:

  1. OMG The Storyteller looks amazing and so does Cruel Beauty. Graceling meets Beauty & the Beast...err yes please!

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    1. Yeah, The Storyteller was amazing, and I can't wait for Cruel Beauty, sounds great :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Nice pick this week. Happy Wednesday :)

    My WoW

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  3. I read City of Bones a while ago and I still don't know if it was just meh or if I hate it :D I have bought the whole series (because I was sure I'd like it) so I'm going to try and read the second. Maybe it's better..

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog earlier :)

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    1. I know what you mean. For me, City of Bones wasn't good or bad, yet at the same time I wouldn't say it was ok read, and to be honest, I don't expect books 2 & 3 to be better, but since I already have them, I will read them at some point, although I will probably give up after that.

      Thanks for stopping back :)

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  4. Enjoy your new fantasy! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  5. I like your WoW pick, it seems great. And I'm so looking forward to reading These Broken Stars, I hope you enjoy it! :)
    Thanks for stopping by my WoW earlier. :)

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  6. Great picks! I loved These Broken Stars, hope you love it! I've got an arc of Cruel Beauty and can't wait to start it =D My WoW.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed These Broken Stars, at the moment I'm undecided about it, but I have a lot more to read. And I hope you'll enjoy Cruel Beauty.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I really want to read Cruel Beauty too, and I love your WWW choices. Sounds like you're on a serious Showalter kick! Enjoy!

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog
    My WoW

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    1. Yeah, I totally am :) I love Gena Showalter's books, they're always entertaining & so addicting, she's actually my fav paranormal author :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I love the cover of Cruel Beauty and I can´t wait to read it! And I´m also currently reading These Broken Stars.
    Thanks for visiting My WOW

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  9. Where to start with this comment. Well I must start with The Storyteller! You have no idea how happy I'm that you've read and enjoyed that story. You're right it's contemporary but at the same time magical story. I cannot wait to read Cruel Beauty either. Great post, Alex :)

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    1. Yeah, I finally read it for a read-along in November, and I loved it, and the writing style was absolutely amazing & magical :)

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  10. Cruel Beauty needs to go on my waiting impatiently list! I keep thinking about starting those Lords of the Underworld books - so many folks love them!
    http://lostinsidethecovers.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/www-wednesday-123/

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    1. Oh, I highly recommend them, but be warned - they're addicting, and you gotta love those Lords ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Nice picks - great cover on Cruel Beauty.

    Thanks for stopping by My WOW

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  12. i'm so excited for cruel beauty too!! beauty and the beast is my all-time fave fairy tale but i haven't found a good YA retelling of it yet. maybe it'll be cruel beauty.

    my WoW post

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

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    1. Yeah, it's my fav fairy tale, too, that's why I can't wait for Cruel Beauty, hopefully it will be good :)

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  13. The Storyteller looks so good! Hope you enjoy These Broken Stars too, I know my sister ChrissiReads loved it. Here's my link http://wp.me/p32hC2-td

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    1. Yeah, The Storyteller was good, actually it was amazing, and I hope I'll enjoy it These Broken Stars, too :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Oooh nice! So excited for Cruel Beauty. I had no luck in getting an arc from Edelweiss. I was rejected like 3 times for this one. At least January isn't too far away now!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  15. Curtsies & Conspiracies is a fun book. If you liked E&E, you should like the sequel!

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    1. I'm pretty sure I'll like it, at least have fun with it, because Gail's books are always funny :D

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. I love Beauty and the Beast so this is on my wishlist for sure, wonderful pick!I own the Storyteller and so need to read it!

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    1. You definitely must read The Storyteller!

      Thanks for stopping by, Kimba :)

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  17. Hi Aleks,
    Firstly thanks for stopping buy my blog. =)
    Seconndly, you got a pretty awesome lists of book. City of Bones is a good books. I have read the series up until the fourth book and it was great. Hope you'll get to the rest soon. =) And hey, The Storyteller really caught my eyes..great cover.

    Happy reading Aleks,
    Regards, allhafizol of Coffee&Crackers

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    1. I highly recommend The Storyteller.

      Thanks for stopping back!

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  18. Definitely waiting on this one too, and hope you're loving These Broken Stars! :)

    -Jess

    My WoW

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  19. I loved These Broken Stars. Tarver and Lilac are such compelling characters. I hope you enjoy. I really want to read Vicious as well. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my WWW.

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for stopping back :)

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  20. I have city of bones coming up. My housemate loved it, and I am keen to read it so i can see the movie as i prefer to read the books first. Shame you didn't enjoy it! Did you see the movie?

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    1. I hope you will like it. I had trouble liking the characters & the writing style. And yeah, I watched the movie & the movie was the reason I actually decided to re-read the book, and as a movie was ok, and I guess as an adaptation was ok, too, but nothing special.

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  21. I'm fan of The Beauty and the Beast and can't wait to read Cruel Beauty,sounds amazing!
    Lords of the Underworld - ahh,how much I love this series,Gena Showalter write fantastic! :)
    I'm glad you enjoyed in reading in The Darkest Seduction and first book from the spin-off series Wicked Night! :)

    My first WoW :D

    E sega malku na makedonski :D
    Bas mi e drago sto go pronajdov tvojov blog Aleksandra,super ti e!
    Mozda sum greska vo prepostavkava,iako kako niz magla mi izgledat,ama mislam deka vidov tvoj komentari na zaednicki prijateli koi gi imame na Goodreads :)

    Pozdrav za tebe :)

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    1. Thanks, I love Beauty & the Beast, too, that's why I can't wait for Cruel Beauty. And yay, another Gena & LotU fan :)

      I ne si greska Bube, pogodi :) Fala sto namina :)

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  22. Awesome pick sweetie :D I hope you have read Cruel Beauty by now. <3 I read it a few months ago and I really, really loved it :)
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog ages ago. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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