Story summary: Retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" (with maybe a bit of Hades & Persephone thrown in?).
- The characters are flawed and faulty without being morally repugnant. Complexity, ftw!
- The cover is beautiful. Yes, don't judge a book by its cover and all that, but sometimes sitting down to read something that looks so nice has a reward of its own.
- In a similar isn't-supposed-to-be-relevant vein, the main characters are called Nyx and Ignifex! How cool are those names? I want to call my daughter Nyx, but I don't think I could get away with that, sigh.
- The beauty/sexiness of the "Beast" was emphasized more than I like. I like my BatB retellings to actually have ugly Beasts, not just beautiful Beasts with a dark side.
- Coming off from that, the romance was also not my style. There was a sort-of love triangle that bothered me, and way too much emphasize on beauty/sexiness as opposed to getting to know each other.
Because there definitely were good aspects. It was written well--rather beautifully sometimes. The characters were for the most part interesting and complex; I especially enjoyed the relationship between Nyx and her sister Astraia. That was probably the best part of the book for me.
And the cover is gorgeous. I love red. Also spirals.