Review Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

Title: Of Beast and Beauty 
Author: Stacey Jay 
Publisher: Delacorte Press

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.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars. This book really was a roller coaster of emotions. Throughout the book you are placed in several different characters points of views. My personal favorite character was Isra. I was so intrigued by how even though she started off with such strong beliefs of what she thought was right and in turn becoming close minded to what anyone else has to say she really opened up and throughout the book you see her blossom into a beautiful person. As for Gem, he broke my heart several times throughout this book. His dynamics with Isra and her people as well as his kept me at the edge of my seat while reading this book. If you are looking for a book that will keep you guessing what will happen next then this is the book for you. I was swept away in this book and if you like something that has fantasy, romance, magic, and is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast then this is the book for you. 

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