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.