Of Beast and Beauty

Of Beast and Beauty

by Stacey Jay

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Overview

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

What if Beauty became the Beast? Discover a new angle on the classic fairytale in this fantasy retelling that's perfect for anyone who can't get enough of Beauty and the Beast.
 
In the city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra is raised to be a human sacrifice. Her death will ensure her city’s vitality.
 
In the desert, a mutant beast named Gem fights to save his people, known as the Monstrous, from starvation.
 
Neither dreams that, together, they can return balance to their worlds.

When Gem is captured for trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, he becomes a prisoner of the city. Isra enlists his help, and soon begins to care for him—and to question everything she has been brought up to believe. . . .


“Engrossing tale . . . [an] intense love story.” —Kirkus Reviews
 

“The bones of the classic Beauty and the Beast story are all here, imaginatively fleshed out with tropes from science fiction, fantasy, and even political drama.” —The Bulletin, Recommended
 
“Jay’s characters are well-realized . . . [the] setup is intriguing and her writing assured.” —Publishers Weekly

“Revelations and plot twists keep the action flowing and romance growing. . . . A satisfying read for fans of romantic fantasy.” —School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385743211
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/09/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 471,304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Stacey Jay is the author of several popular books for young adults, including Of Beast and Beauty, You Are So Undead to Me, Juliet Immortal, and Dead on the Delta. She lives with her family in California. Visit her at staceyjay.com.

Julia Whelan, a former child actress, began narrating and directing audiobooks after graduating from college with a degree in English and creative writing. She has garnered many positive reviews, won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, earned a Grammy nomination, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010.

What People are Saying About This

Tynga

It's been a really long time since a book made my heart speed up, my breathing shallow because I was so engrossed...It's just been a while since a book managed to truly blow me away. --(Bookseller Review from Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore)

Ashley

Stacey Jay really takes ownership of the story. She truly transforms this classic love tale, breathing new and creative life into an old plot line. Of Beast and Beauty is a fantastic young adult romance. --(Bookseller Review from Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore)

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Of Beast and Beauty 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
 After finishing this book I'm stuck thinking to myself "Did I read the same book as everyone else? I think I did it wrong."  Everyone I'm friends with on Goodreads LOVED it and I was struggling not to DNF it. The only reason I plowed through it was because I didn't have anything else to read. I had so many books that I was waiting on but none had arrived yet.       I wanted to love this so bad. If you know me, you know that my favorite fairy tale of all time is Beauty and the Beast. To me it portrays the story of true love, seeing past any imperfections they may have while they're still perfect for you. And don't get me wrong, it DID have all the elements of the story I love, like the roses, the magic, the unconditional love, the Beauty, the Beast, and even the books were thrown in there, but that's about it.      I also loved the world building. I could see all the domes and the way the new world looks in my head as I read. And the way the Monstrous were described helped me come up with the way they looked in my head. Even the desolate plains of the Desert (no mater how brief their stint there) stood out in my head. But unfortunately those were the only things I really came to care about.       One thing I didn't like was the writing style. I found myself confused by all the time jumps. In the book it goes from them talking and then it'll say randomly that its been months. I'm not sure if its because I have a Nook Book and the pages weren't broken right, but the time jumps were weird and they threw me off. I also felt like there was nothing going on. So many times I wanted to put down the book because I was bored. The plot was literally like this /\________/\_________ Every time something happened it fell off again and I wanted to put it down. And of course that plot twist, I guessed it from the very beginning. Lastly, the beginning was an info dump. Had it been spread out through the story I might have enjoyed it more. I had to take more notes in the beginning than I did the entire story.       Then there is the romance. I felt kind of weird about the way they hated each other one day and then fell in love the next and then he was still not be truthful with her. For it to be Beauty and the Beast it didn't feel like real love to me. Only on Isra's part. Gem was flaky and didn't end up really trusting her. And Bo was every bit a lunatic as his father. It was a lot going on with the characters for the plot to be so boring.       I'm not sure what about this novel hooked all the other readers, but unfortunately I was not one of them. I intended to love this one, but I just couldn't get into it. And for that, I truly am sad. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the summer (and the year) and it did nothing for me. Hopefully everyone else will love it more than I did. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know those romance stories that you hear about. The ones that are so beautiful that they bring people to tears. I have read many love stories but none of them moved me as much as this one did. I am not the lovey dovey kinda person. I perfer books that are more action type. But i ready do love this book. I hate books that make two people fall in love so quickly. I mean i dont want them to drag it out but come on lets be real-istick. Lets just say that Isra and Gem's feelings for each other is not love at first sight. In fact they hate each other for more than half the book. Gem even dreams about killing Isra. And when they finally do fall in love they are still at each other's throats. It takes one of them to almost die for them to relize they need to stop fighting. Even when they are yelling at each other and Gem is saying and thinking tarrible things, you know they still love each other. Anyway it is a spin off of Beauty and the Beast with a little Romio and Juliet with out it being so cheesy. Two words to descride this book: painfuly beautiful. ( p.s. sorry if i miss spell some stuff or if the words dont make sence. I am a reader not a writter. Lol :P )
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay is quite an original retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I enjoyed the main characters quite a bit, and I loved how certain themes involving their appearances transpired as the story went on. It wasn't insta-love or even insta-attraction, which is a plus. Their friendship and trust grew over time. The story itself was slow at times, and I really wish it would have explained some things a little more. I needed more from the world building in general. What appealed to me most was the fact that "Beauty" and "Beast" were interchangeable. Both Isra and Gem, and even Bo if you think about it more, had aspects of Beauty and Beast within them. Their choices made them one or the other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this retelling! It's well done and a good twist on an old story.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: 4.5 Stars I don't know what anyone else thinks about this book and I don't really care to scroll through and find out. Sometimes a book just surprises you and clicks and that's what happened for me with this book. Sure I thought the description sounded interesting but, I dunno, it just really clicked for me. I know for certain that this book won't for everybody but wow, I really loved it. Mostly inspired by Beauty and the Beast with a violent touch of Romeo and Juliet. OF BEAST AND BEAUTY is a beautifully poetic blend of genres all painted together in one dark adventure in which only love can save the world. Magic of fantasy, technology of science-fiction, blood of horror, and love of romance all come together to weave a beautiful story and an original spin on a classic fairytale. Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2016/08/11/of-beast-and-beauty/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book 8)
Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of recreations of fairy tales, but this one was definitely unique to others like it.  First of all, this Beauty and the Beast tale takes place in a dystopian-type world, but I'm not sure it's actually Earth.  It's almost like a complete fantasy all the way around.  And rather than the heroine being the captive of the beast, it's the other way around there too.  Although, they're both prisoners of a sort, as the heroine is locked away in a tower away from people, told that it's for her own good because she's ugly, and is treated like a prisoner.  Even after she becomes queen, they still want to keep her under lock and key and treat her like she's mad. I'm not usually a fan of high fantasy type stories, but this one was very interesting and intriguing, and I loved the romance involved so much that it really did suck me in.  A very interesting concept.  The romance was one of the most fulfilling pieces of this story.  These are two people who are not only different, but sort of a different species due to an ancient curse that turns one set of their people into beasts.  Her growing love for him, however, was so believable.  They become friends first, and then the feelings begin to develop.  The slow progression of the romance made it more realistic, and much more rewarding to read.  They learn to love each other despite generations of prejudice and hatred. The story itself was unique and mysterious.  The revelation of what's truly occurring was surprising, but very smart.  But one of the best things about the story was the writing itself. This story was beautiful written.  The settings and world building were rich in detail, without bogging the reader down with useless description.  It was poetic and lyrical, and there were times that I was like "wow" about the way things were worded or described.  Beautiful writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Set on a planet where magic exists, humans mutate if they don't live in a domed city and a ruling class oppresses the less fortunate, this is a tale of romance, difficult choices and sacrifice. Isra, thinking that she is tainted, wants to find a cure for herself as well as for those in the city who are banished because of the taint. Gem only wants the secret to surviving for his monstrous desert people. Working together seems almost impossible and yet, it may be the answer to the planet's problems. Although this comfortably paced book was a bit heavy on the romance side for me, the buildup of suspense and the riveting action towards the end of the story made up for it. Apart from the Beauty and the Beast connotation of the story, there was a point when I thought we were going to see a Romeo and Juliet re-enactment as well. The characters are well crafted and realistic. Despite the fact that I don't think a blind person can safely jump from a tower and from roof to roof, I think the author generally created an accurate picture of blindness. Delightfully rebellious, Isra is the kind of character who grows and develops throughout the story. When her sight returns, however, Isra experiences the true sense of the phrase, 'an eye opener'. Just as skillfully crafted, Gem, the second main character, is determined to save his people and, ultimately, murder Isra. I was really caught up in his inner battle whether he should love or kill Isra.  Although both main characters just want to save their own people in the beginning of the book, as their feelings for one another grow, so do their desire to help everybody. In the end it comes down to nail-biting suspense as they waver on choices while time for everyone is running out. Bo, the third party in what some might call a love triangle, is a thoroughly flawed character. I really couldn't decide whether I liked him or not as his loyalty to Isra is doubtful right up to the end.  This is a tale of sacrifice; both the good and the bad kind. I would recommend this book to readers of all ages as a relaxing read with a hint of fairy tale in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beauty and the Beast completely reimagined and breathtaking. It was beyond my expectations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible
BBandReveries More than 1 year ago
Loved every minute of this book.  It had the perfect blend of sci-fi, romance, and fantasy with a dash of political intrigue.  I would highly recommend you read it this beautiful and one-of-a-kind re-telling...and then tell your friends to read it! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awsome and had an ending that will leave any reader satified
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! It is a book that I will read again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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WishEnd More than 1 year ago
I love the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. I went through a stage a couple of years ago where I read every retelling based on it that I could get my hands on. When I saw that Stacey Jay had written a book based off of the fairy tale I was very excited. One thing I will say, at this point, is that she did a fabulous job in taking the concept and storyline and really making her own original story. She uses beauty, beast, and the roses in very creative ways and this was probably one of the things that stuck out to me the most about this book. It is definitely unique. DISLIKES: I wish that Isra would have been stronger sooner. I understand how she was basically hidden away and was also blind, but when she takes over for her father I wanted her to step more fully into her role. I also thought she was definitely more trusting than she should have been. My bigger dislike was the sexual content. There isn't any actual sex in this book, but there are several references to it and one specific part where there is some making out that crossed a line for me. It isn't necessarily descriptive per se, but I didn't think it needed to be included and not something I would let my nieces or daughter read. LIKES: I really liked the setting - this new world that the smooth people came to and the way the inhabitants evolved to survive the climate. It was interesting to follow the story and how the current civilization and state of the world came to be. I liked that the author didn't make parts of the society or characters one dimensional or think all the same. Each group has at least one individual who does not blindly follow everyone else. The roses are a surprising part of the story. They are quite manipulative and vindictive, but can seem serene and sweet. That was quite an interesting twist to me. I liked the characters. Isra yearns for the wind outside the dome, for her family, to understand others, and specifically Gem after she meets him. She has been raised only to sacrifice herself for her people and that is what she believes she will do and do willingly when the time will come. She is compassionate, intelligent, and beautiful. Gem is also compassionate even though he is a warrior. He lies to Isra, but struggles with doing so. He is quite stubborn, but also fearless and smart. I also liked Bo. He is selfish, arrogant, and manipulating, but he still cares for Isra and even when he feels he has been betrayed he still seeks to protect her. He has an important role in this story and he plays it well. I think he would have eventually made a good king. Overall, this was worth the read. If there would have been just a little less sexual content, it would have been a book I would keep for my shelves and to share. Having said that, I still really enjoyed reading it. Content: Some innuendo, making out, and violence.
DvoraQD More than 1 year ago
This book was another interesting twist on another great classic by Stacey Jay. She has a unique talent to take a classic and make it her own without losing the idea and beauty of the original. The slight twist at the end of the book made this tales original idea even more beautiful than the classic. Stacey has created a world that we would all love to live in one day. Just like in all of her books, she brings out so much emotion. It's an intense roller coaster ride with twists and turns, crying, laughing and love. This book is a must read for anyone that loves love. I highly recommend it to everyone!