Cruel Beauty

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This book had been so worth my time. Like the author said, it had been a melodramatic fantasy read. It indeed was. Giving me the perfect blend of it.

The story begins from this one phrase,

I was raised to marry a monster

I guess anyone would be sucked in and I was. Eventually I just couldn’t let myself go in this book, it was just way too good.

Nyx as a character here is just a very conflicted character. She hates her family, her father and aunt who had basically betrayed her. Even her own sister sometimes. She had kept her feelings from her sister, as she did not deserve it. Well until she snaps. I guess that makes her a very relatable heroine, Badass no, anti hero quite so. Raised to believe she would die, she would invoke sympathy from most.

She is still cruel and quite malicious. It just adds to her character as it would make sense. She was cast aside, raised and groomed to kill and die. Rather than being raised to live. Unlike her sister who had been loved by others. She wasn’t. She was relatable in her own way, malicious to those that really metered out her fate.

Ignifex, can I just say that he in a sense was swoonworthy. He may have overtaken them. But he offered bargains to people who in the end really deserved what they got. As he said, the honest would never bargain. Only those that believed they deserved it will.

That was what I enjoyed about this story the most. Everything was themed to bargains and their prices. From Nyx’s fate in the beginning, which was a cause of a bargain. To Ignifex’s past, also a bargain.

The bargains here carry prices, it is shown through Ignifex and at the same time The Kindly Ones.

The Kindly Ones are intriguing. They dealt and made bargains, but those who accepted it in the end was humans and no one else. They were interesting, as they did not seem to take any shape. The story here in a sense was set up by them.

The atmosphere and background of the story had been very vague. But somehow I didn’t mind it, as the story made up for it. I wouldn’t mind an intriguing relationship from time to time. The melodrama here was actually interesting. Nyx was supposed to kill him yet she couldn’t as he wasn’t everything he appeared. He had made bargains, but who seeked him out? Her own father had been indeed the one to give her the fate. Thus, I didn’t pity those who agreed to the bargain, but those who had been affected by it.

The story at the end of the day, revealed a lot of mindset. Talked about morality even despite the retelling of beauty and the beast. But behind all that melodrama was an interesting story through and through.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Reading the sequel: too bad there isn’t

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Cruel Beauty

This book had been so worth my time. Like the author said, it had been a melodramatic fantasy read. It indeed was. Giving me the perfect blend of it.

The story begins from this one phrase,

I was raised to marry a monster

I guess anyone would be sucked in and I was. Eventually I just couldn’t let myself go in this book, it was just way too good.

Nyx as a character here is just a very conflicted character. She hates her family, her father and aunt who had basically betrayed her. Even her own sister sometimes. She had kept her feelings from her sister, as she did not deserve it. Well until she snaps. I guess that makes her a very relatable heroine, Badass no, anti hero quite so. Raised to believe she would die, she would invoke sympathy from most.

She is still cruel and quite malicious. It just adds to her character as it would make sense. She was cast aside, raised and groomed to kill and die. Rather than being raised to live. Unlike her sister who had been loved by others. She wasn’t. She was relatable in her own way, malicious to those that really metered out her fate.

Ignifex, can I just say that he in a sense was swoonworthy. He may have overtaken them. But he offered bargains to people who in the end really deserved what they got. As he said, the honest would never bargain. Only those that believed they deserved it will.

That was what I enjoyed about this story the most. Everything was themed to bargains and their prices. From Nyx’s fate in the beginning, which was a cause of a bargain. To Ignifex’s past, also a bargain.

The bargains here carry prices, it is shown through Ignifex and at the same time The Kindly Ones.

The Kindly Ones are intriguing. They dealt and made bargains, but those who accepted it in the end was humans and no one else. They were interesting, as they did not seem to take any shape. The story here in a sense was set up by them.

The atmosphere and background of the story had been very vague. But somehow I didn’t mind it, as the story made up for it. I wouldn’t mind an intriguing relationship from time to time. The melodrama here was actually interesting. Nyx was supposed to kill him yet she couldn’t as he wasn’t everything he appeared. He had made bargains, but who seeked him out? Her own father had been indeed the one to give her the fate. Thus, I didn’t pity those who agreed to the bargain, but those who had been affected by it.

The story at the end of the day, revealed a lot of mindset. Talked about morality even despite the retelling of beauty and the beast. But behind all that melodrama was an interesting story through and through.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Reading the sequel: too bad there isn’t

Court of fives

Court of fives 

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Well, this book was okay I guess. Not the best I have read, and nothing that really kept me glued to the pages. Even the ending didn’t make it feel fantastic or even explosive.

The characters here didn’t make much of an impression, there wasn’t really anything that picked my interest and to be honest it was quite bland. Jesamy, she didn’t feel like a good protagonist in my books, because she just did what she did for I don’t know what reason. Even though she wad dragged into it in her own way, but she also created the chance so nope.

The way the characters were written, didn’t get anything out of me, bland, Kalliaros. Heck, even the male interest wasn’t interesting. He had a kind heart, but how does he have a kind heart with his upbringing? I don’t know, thus his backstory and personality really doesn’t add up. In fact, it would be much more realistic to just have him act a little worse. Also there just wasn’t the lasting impression of him in my mind, I just cannot exactly remember his name or mix it up.

None of them interested me. Apart from some of the Saro women, which had piqued my interest and that Menoë actually interested me. To Jesamy’s mother, Kiya who also quite interested me.

Also, Lord Garon does interest me with his actions, just that he is more villain than antagonist. He just isn’t fleshed out. What drove him after power? Why? That is what I was asking myself all the time.

Although the worldbuilding was done quite well, from the way the Saro and Efean live together and at the end had something political and quite intriguing. But it just lacked something, oh yeah a real focus.

The political situation here had intrigued me from the political maneuverings that the Saro would do even though that had been disappointing. Although the way Lord Garon did things were both cruel yet in its own way very logical.

I’m just surprised that no Efean had started a rebellion yet, or even a rebel society. They are basically slaves which can be sold and beneath others, yeah, I’m not buying it that they don’t want to be treated as an equal.

The plot, well it just felt so loose, almost as though there was nothing on tying the loose ends or making it as deep as possible, as the earlier parts, some of it was random. The beginning I had expected something towards action, although glad that politics had a play here just that the action had needed to be put to the side. I wasn’t even sure what Jesamy did at some times.

Well, as a whole I read through it although not being pulled into the storyline, or any of the characters at all. I just read it without much emotions.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

I just need some time to seriously consider reading the sequel, I really do. This book just doesn’t intrigue me, it doesn’t make me want to pick up the next book.

9 May

Sorry if I haven’t been very active, as I’m facing exam week and that I’m currently reading a book whose review might come up soon if I can have a good idea.

Thankfully it will end at the end of the week and maybe I can get started onto a new drama series, anime or even more. Well, time to enjoy two weeks before I fly out to Taiwan