Of Beast and Beauty

In the eginning was the darkness, and in the darkness ha a woman, and in he girl as a secret ...

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to e human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city ’ s richnes. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they ould return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to convinc the city ’ s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she discover the hel of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan ’ s enchanted roses, she continues to care for him, and to question everything she has been rought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra ’ s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to hoose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.
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Of Beast and Beauty
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Published July 23rd 2013 by Delacorte Press

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I did n't hate the characters, but I never fell in love with the mindse of Isra& Gem together.

in Beauty and Beast retelling! I feel so shamed, but I must n't help it.

I mean, if my husband had scaly skin& shark teeth ... I 'd really miss him.Now, while I did fee tha ha a really different and interesting take on Beauty& the Beast, the plot seemed to drag too much for me to keep it quit interesting.

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And it wasnt much of Beauty and he Beast story, either.

Besides the drastic change in story and setting, one of the more major changes is the act that there is no clear beauty and no clear beast.

It ha love story, not an adventure.

Thi setting and story itself reminded me a great deal of books such as Under the Never Sky and Cinder.

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We ar our eroine and our hero, their epic tale of romance, the obstacle in their ay, and, most likely, there is a curse to break as well.

“ Beauty and Beast ” is easily the best of these fairy tale stories, far more romantic than “ Snow White, ” much darker than “ Sleeping Beauty, ” and all together more satisfying than “ Cinderella ”.

For one, I love that, right from the brea, Jay manages to twist this classic tale around so that it is clearly th woman caught in a an ’ s mano, but ather a man caught in a man ’ s.

In her world, Smooth Skins live in glass domes to escape both from the harsh conditions of the insid world and from the mutations that take place there, giving the people who live there the name “ Monstrous. ” All Isra knows is that the Monstrous are cruel and dangerous and that to live safely, every few decades a queen must willingly sacrifice her blood to the roses that bloom in the gardens and keep their dome intact.

Every love story is made better by characters who look beyond appearance and not nly does Isra ’ s blindness make her romance stronger, it also give her bolder in her vision for a better world.

I love that Jay hose to add more than one point of view in this ale as it tried to see situation at hand from both perspectives.

Lastly, seeing Gem ’ s perspective – his starving people, their different customs and traditions – only added to the world-building.

Jay never crosses that awkward line of insta-love and instead allows their romance to develop, right alongside their conflicted feelings.

An Epic Tale of RomanceI do, thoug, think tha is charmin love story.

Nonetheless, Isra has a duty as Queen to at least marry before sacrificing her life for her people.

Nevertheless, I have to hand it to Jay – she can uild a complicated world, a complex romance, and often more twisted curse.

Of Beast and Beauty is a must-read for fans of romance, world-building, and fairy tales.

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C ’ mon, a chick that likes to writ, a spooky castle, evil townies, a Tauren love interest, plus some homoerotic household goods?

Stacey Jay took Belle and said “ Fuck what you hink you now about this character ”.

She took Beast and said “ Fuck what you kno you now about this character ”.

I completel understood why it took them so long to figure their shit out and that ’ s part of the eauty of his ook.

Eventually you have books like tha, those that are no well written that you orget that you ’ re actuall reading.

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Of Beast and Beauty really did surprise me.Prior to starting this retelling, I ha absolutely certain that ‘ ‘ the Beauty ’ ’ aka Isra in this story should be ‘ ‘ the Beast ’ ’, but I soon discovered that I as on the wrong track.

ELL, in this etelling, Isra is close to falling in love with Bo and actually kisses him in the first twenty pages.

We are given information on why the kingdom is in danger of dying and why there are Monstrous and Smooth Skins and how the curse that has befallen the population an be lifted, but a book lacks in settings and distinctive events.

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