Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

Title: Of Beast and Beauty
Author: Stacey Jay
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Delacorte Press (July 23, 2013)
Source: Purchased
Genre: YA Retelling/Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!


Book Description:
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.








Beauty and the Beast is by far my most favorite childhood fairy tale. Who didn't love the beautiful brown eyed girl who love to read and had a heart of gold?

Being a brown eyed bookworm myself, she was the princess I related to the most. And who wouldn't want to marry a handsome prince?

Being a lover of both the Beauty and the Beast fairytale and of re-tellings, I couldn't resist Stacye Jay's spin on the classic tale. Already loving her spin on the classic Romeo and Juliet in her Juliet Immortal series, I just knew I would be in for a treat and a tale that would be darker and definitely one that would keep me on my toes.

I was not disappointed in the least.

Told in three point of views of Isra, Gem, and Bo, this was done beautifully. 

With a fantasy world that was easy to envision and a cast of character reminiscent of the fairytale this was a fun take on the classic and something I easily and quickly devoured. 

Jay's writing continues to enchant me and I will pick up anything she writes in the future. I just love her twisted take and darker versions of stories that almost have a new like feel and appeal to them.  This was another winner for me and after having this one in my TBR pile for nearly three years, I'm glad I finally read and loved.




48 comments:

  1. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Princess movies too! I still haven't read a Beauty and the Beast retelling yet though. I will have to check this out!

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    1. They can be a lot of fun, I really liked Rosamund Hodge's retelling, it was dark and gritty.

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  2. Oh this one is definitely going on my wish list, I love Beauty and the Beast too and this one has such a unique spin on it! Win Win!

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    1. It was a really unique spin. Happy Friday Debbie!

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  3. I love retellings! I liked a book by her, a UF series that was really nice and I have the second but it's been years...

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    1. That might be the same one I read as well, it was really good!

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  4. This sounds great!! I really enjoy Fairy Tale retellings!!
    Tori @InToriLex

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  5. I'm not sure I ever got past the whole kidnapping thing in Beauty and the Beast. But I was a very analytical kid too. Haha, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Ha yeah it was a bit much at times wasn't it?

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  6. Another book that's buried in my Kindle. I'll be digging it out soon. Great review!

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  7. I read her Romeo and Juliet retellings, and I don't know why I haven't read anything else. This sounds wonderful.

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    1. I bet you like it, different like her other re-telling. ;)

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  8. I read her retelling of Sleeping Beauty which was surprisingly really good. I read her Romeo and Juliet retellings first but didn't like them at all. I need to read this one. It's gotten some fabulous reviews.

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    1. Oh I didn't know she had a Sleeping Beauty one! I will have to check that one out too!

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  9. I really loved this one as well. I'm glad you fit it in!

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  10. My fave retellings seem to be of the Beauty and the Beast kind so you know I've been wanting to read this one for such a long time. Made sure it was on my wishlist.

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  11. You had me at "stand alone" ��! I love retellings also, and like you I love Beauty and the Beast. I just bought the audio book! Great review Ali! I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

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    1. Stand alone reads are so nice aren't they?

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  12. Oh I've started and stopped this book on numerous occasions. Lord. I need to read this once and for all.

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    1. Hopefully you can finish it this time. I can see how it won't be for everyone though.

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  13. I'm so happy you enjoyed this Ali! I bought the book after reading Stacey Jay for the first time last year and can't wait to try this retelling as well :)

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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  14. As a child, I loved Beauty and the Best too :) I've grown a little tired with these reimagined fairytales though... Still, your review gives me hope for this particular one, so I'll check it out. Happy Valentine's Day, Ali! <3

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  15. I am not a big fan of re-tellings, but love Beauty and the Beast as well. I am intrigued with the monstrous low class and I like that aspect. Glad this was a good one for you :)

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  16. Wow great review! I enjoy retellings and I loooooove Beauty & the Beast. I'm so glad that you loved this one!

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  17. I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings. This is something I am certainly going to read!

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  18. I've always wanted to try this one. I love Beauty and the Beast too!! Sounds awesome.

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    1. I hope you like it if you decide to try it!

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  19. I really liked Princess of Thorns too, have you read that? I heard the audio last month with Nick and I also really liked it, she does such great fairy tale retellings :)

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    1. I haven't but I own it, I checked. I will have to read that one from her next.

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  20. Oooo just taking a little peek (yay you loved it!) since it's on my gotta read list :D

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  21. I definitely enjoyed this while reading it, but it hasn't proven to be a re-read (what I rank as 5 stars)

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  22. I've seen this one around many times but I can't seem to get myself into the idea of picking it up. IDK maybe one day. Nice review!

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  23. Beauty & the Beast is my all-time favorite traditional fairy tale too! I'm going to have to look into this one! Have you by chance seen the French film Beauty and the Beast? It came out in 2014 - it's stunning!

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    1. I haven't Claudia, I will definitely look it up though. I'm sure I will love it as well!

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  24. Sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing. I love Beauty and the Beast to.

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