Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

4.5 stars!

“Beauty is wherever you find it, and Beast is there when you need to defend it.”
            In the past, I haven’t been a big fan of fairy-tale retellings, but, since I really liked Stacey Jay’s creative twists in Juliet Immortal and Romeo Redeemed, I decided to give Of Beast and Beauty a try. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. At first, I was a little put off by Gem’s sheer animosity towards Isra, as well as by the depth of how sheltered Isra was. Not to mention those God-awful roses…
         Of Beast and Beauty id a stellar tale that keeps readers wondering who the real monsters are. When Gem, a mutated human being who is degradingly called a “Monstrous” by the people of Yuan, is thrown together with Isra, the city’s blind and sheltered fledgling queen, an unsteady alliance begins to form. Isra is gentle and curious, desperate for a friend; Gem is angry and determined to get back to his people, yet he can’t help but be fascinated by the princess who is so breakable but seems so strong. Both are inexplicably drawn towards each other but the secrets they’re keeping continue to keep them apart.
         When trouble hits, Gem and Isra’s tentative friendship is put to the test. Suddenly all the lines are blurred: between love and hate, between duty and what’s right, and between Beast and Beauty. As ancient secrets surface and choices are made, Isra and Gem will have to decide what’s worth fighting for and what’s worth dying for.

Check it out on Goodreads!

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