Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge is officially released today. It mixes Beauty and the Beast with Greek Mythology from the description.
Which would be Cupid and Psyche, but I digress. :) The cover is intriguing, too, with the rose and staircase intertwined. Of course, a woman running down steps is usually more of a Cinderella image, but it doesn't have to be. I'm just pointing that out to those who look at the cover and think Cinderella.
I have a review copy (ARC) of the book but haven't had a chance to read it yet. When I do, I will report back.
The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny.
But on her seventeenth birthday, when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is as she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband.
Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart.
For fans of bestselling authors Kristin Cashore and Alex Flinn, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.