Say what? I’m not talking about a book that smells bad. It’s more of my state of mind regarding books. I haven’t read anything lately that has satisfied me. I can’t seem to get into any novel recently. I know I made this awesome reading list, but my library doesn’t carry some of the books and others are just too pricey. I can say I’ve never been in this state before. Books are normally the one area I don’t have issues with.
I think it might be related to an overall slump I’ve had going on. I’ve definitely been in a state of ennui lately. I thought my brief vacation would help. Nope. The book funk continued during my period of relaxation. I have two book review requests that hopefully will help alleviate the book funk. I love reviewing books so maybe this is a step in the right direction. Perhaps I should read a book in a different spot.
I sincerely hope I’m getting over this book funk soon. I’m reading an interesting urban fantasy novel called The Finder. I haven’t tossed it away because of the book funk yet. It’s hard for me to feel any creative flow. I think that goes for my own creativity and that of others. My interest in some things is slowly coming back. I realize I can’t let myself wallow in the slump. Even if it means pushing myself to get out of it, I will do it.
Has anyone else ever experienced book funk? How did you get out of it?
If you haven’t picked up Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, I suggest you run to your library or bookstore asap. This book is fantastic in so many ways. It’s an eclectic retelling of Beauty and the Beast with some serious homage to Howl’s Moving Castle. There is beautiful imagery, and the love story is imperfect. True love, at least my opinion, is accepting the darkness with the light. It’s a huge theme in this book. There is also the whimsy of the castle that constantly changes its appearance. There is magic and more fantasy elements to satisfy readers. Here is the official synopsis from Amazon.com:
Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that 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 what 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.
However, the official synopsis doesn’t do it justice.
This isn’t a review, so I’m not going to go over each point in the book. The main plot of the book is Nyx finding a way to kill Ignifex to save the world of Arcadia. However, this is just the action that drives the novel. Yes, it’s also about demons and magic and all that jazz. The heart of the story is two imperfect people saving each other. Nyx is not a pure-hearted heroine and Ignifex is a snarky demon. It’s about seeing what is inside someone and accepting it. Ignifex performs his demon deals because he is bound and also he knows that people are full of greed. They are willing to make deals to get what they want, no matter who it hurts. Nyx’s own father made a deal with Ignifex. She begins to understand what made Ignifex the way he is.
Beauty and the Beast is about revealing the prince under the beastly exterior. Belle falls in love with the Beast, which reveals his true self. However, the Beast and Prince are in the same form in this story. Nyx has a beast in her heart as well. This one line in the book stuck in my heart:
“I wanted to hit him again. I wanted to cry. Most of all, I wanted to forget my mission and lose myself in the embrace of the one person who had ever seen my heart and claimed to love me after.”-Nyx
I think this is what everyone wants. Whether it’s romantic love or friendship, we want acceptance for all that we are. Even if you aren’t a romantic, this love story in this novel is amazing. As previously stated, the castle is another draw for this book. It continually reshapes itself and adds rooms. Nyx is always discovering a new place inside the castle. I felt like I was adventuring with her throughout the castle. I like books that draw you into the scenery.
The book does have a few areas I wished could have been fleshed out more. I wanted to see Nyx use her magic more. She trained her, and I felt that some of that went to waste. I really wanted to see how her Father reacted at the end of the book as well. However, this book is still in my head even after finishing it weeks ago. I highly recommend it if you like fantasy, strong heroines, and some romance. Cruel Beauty will hopefully transform you just a little bit.