Of Beast and Beauty
SERIES: Stand alone
AUTHOR: Stacey Jay
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: July 23rd 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
EDITION: Hardcover, 400 pages
CATEGORIES: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Beauty and the Beast, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Paranormal
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…
In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.
Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.
As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.
MY THOUGHTS: Some people love retellings, some people hate them. I think I fall somewhere in the middle. I’ve read good and I’ve read bad. What I love most, is just seeing how someone takes an idea and spins it their own way. How many times have you finished a book and thought that you would’ve ended it differently, or had the characters take different paths, make different choices, or put them in an entirely different world completely? That’s what I love about retellings, and this one sounds like it is going to be so different not only from the original story, but from anything I’ve read. I’m very interested and curious about this one, and will be placing my request with the library as soon as I’m done writing this post! Plus, I think the cover is really awesome!
What are your thoughts?