Of Beast and Beauty
In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra is raised merely to sacrifice herself someday to ensure her people's vitality. In the desert outside, Gem, a mutant boy, fights to keep his people from starvation. Neither dreams that together they could return balance to their world. Isra, a... show more
In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra is raised merely to sacrifice herself someday to ensure her people's vitality. In the desert outside, Gem, a mutant boy, fights to keep his people from starvation. Neither dreams that together they could return balance to their world. Isra, a Smooth Skin, bound by magical covenant to the city of Yuan, wants to help the Banished people of her city, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits the blind princess believes she also possesses. One night, Gem is captured while trying to steal the city's enchanted roses, and he becomes Isra's beastly prisoner from the desert. But when Isra enlists the aid of Gem to help her grow herbs that will prevent mutation, she discovers just how human he is, and she begins to question everything she's been raised to believe. As dark secrets from the past are revealed and Isra's sight returned, she will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.
Publish date: July 23rd 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
I really enjoyed this. It's one of the best retellings I've read, actually feels original, not so much a retelling. The romance is believable. The characters are great. The world is well done. The storyline is awesome. I definitely fell into this book. It's about a people who came to a planet...
Just posted a new review on the blog. Here's a taste: Oh my, Oh my. I never expected this book to be... well, this book. That's not to say that I didn't go into it with high exceptions, because I did. I couldn't not to when it had such a gorgeous cover and was marketed as a retelling of one of my ...
Just a side note first: Yes, THAT Stacey Jay. I hadn't actually remembered the Kickstarter controversy until I was nearing the end of the novel, so whatever I thought of that, it didn't color my perception of the book. The first half of this novel is divine. I read it directly after Rosamund Hodge...
This was a cross genre epic fantasy sci fi novel. I would not really call it a retelling of beauty and the beast, though there are some obvious similarities in the stories (and the title ;). It wasn't perfect, but pretty close to it. I loved the romance and the world building was lush in detail and...
How refreshing it is to come across a retelling of a traditional fairytale that goes beyond taking the plot of the original story and simply tweaking it a little to suit the alternate, new version. "of Beast and Beauty" does much more than that, and adds a new dimension to the story of Beauty and th...