Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (36): Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and Shattered by Kevin Hearne

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

Amber's Pick

Title: Cruel Beauty
Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Release Date: January 28, 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.

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale and Disney movie, so of course I want to read this! Also, how awesomely pretty is that cover!? And, it comes out the day after my birthday! Birthday gift to myself? I do believe so. :)

Kayla's Pick

Title: Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles #7)
Kevin Hearne
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: June 17, 2014

For nearly two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword kept him alive while pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.

Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.

And Owen has some catching up to do.

Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki—or merely a pain in the arse.

But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.

As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time . . . three’s a charm.

Guys, just believe me when I say that I'd do questionable things to get my hands on this book. And the cover model (after I shave that deplorable goatee). And Luke Daniels, because duh, I need his voice.

This will also be my WoW pick every week until June. That is all.

What are you waiting on this week?


  1. That reminds me I need to finish Cruel Beauty, lol. I haven't read many of the Iron Druid books. I can't believe the series is up to #7 already. I wonder how long it will run? Nice picks this week.

    Thanks for stopping by My WoW Amber and sharing yours!

    1. Kristin, you have GOT to finish reading that series! All of the books are amazeballs and get better as they go along.

    2. You really should! I read 2-6 all within a couple of weeks. Goodreads is showing that there will be at least 9!

  2. Cruel Beauty sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing.
    My WoW

  3. Oooh both of these books sound really good! Yay for Beauty and the Beast retellings right?!

    My Hyperventilating on Wednesday Post
    xoxo, Inky

    1. I know! I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale retelling... Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I can't wait for Cruel Beauty either. I have Kevin Hearne's first two Iron Druid books in my TBR pile and I'm really looking forward to reading them. I met him at a book signing and if his stories are half as entertaining as he is, I'm sure to love them.

    Here's my WOW pick.

    Wit and Sin

    1. They are quite entertaining! I crack up all the time when listening to the books. Oberon (the main character's Irish wolfhound) is the perfect comic relief in this series. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

  5. I cannot wait for cruel beauty either! Such a beautiful cover and I absolutely adore retellings! Beauty and the Beast is my fav fairy tale also! I haven't heard of this other book. I'm going to go look at it on goodreads now! Thanks!

    My WoW


    1. You should definitely check out the Iron Druid Chronicles! As you can probably tell from all the comments, Kayla and I both adore this series. :)

    2. Oooh I will definitely do that!! Thank you! :)

  6. Cruel Beauty has made it onto quite the amount of WoWs this week! It's been on my TBR list as well-I can't wait to read it!

    Gabbie @ Rampant Readers

    1. It's been everywhere lately....I hope it lives up to all the hype! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Awesome picks :D I really, really loved Cruel Beauty. <3 Hope you do too :D Happy reading :)
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog a while ago. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books


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