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Of Beast and Beauty

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  5,190 ratings  ·  810 reviews
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 tog
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Delacorte Press
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4.5 stars

Growing up, Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie. C’mon, a chick that likes to read, a spooky castle, evil townies, a Tauren love interest, plus some homoerotic household goods? What’s not to love?

So it’s understandable that I was a little nervous that this book would take those wonderful childhood memories and shit all over them. It didn’t. It took everything that I loved about that movie and made it darker.

Stacey Jay took Belle and said “Fuck what you think you know abo
Kat Stark
May 12, 2015 Kat Stark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kat Stark by: Imani
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Wow. What a wonderful page-turner. It wasn't a love read, but dannnnng. This receives the highest of 3s. BECAUSE WE ALL FUCKING LOVE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. DON'T DENY IT.

I’m always real picky when it comes to retellings. I think I treasure the originals so much that there has to be some big wow factor to make me
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Actual rating: 3.5

This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, where Beast is the captive, and Beauty is neither a beauty nor a paragon. Isra is not Belle, she is Rapunzel, she is Sleeping Beauty. She is a princess in a tower, locked up safe, coddled, and infuriatingly protected from the real world.

I wanted desperately to love this book, but it just didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. I absolutely love alternate versions of fairy tales, and let's face it, those of us who have watched Di
Aug 26, 2015 Denisse rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Beauty and the Beast fans
Read for the 2015 Reading Challenges #28 A book with antonyms in the title.

4.5 This is definitely a must for any Beauty and the Beast fan like me. We all know that story, so expect this book to be a romance, centered a lot on the character development and love aspects, not too deep into the fantasy world it creates but involved in a very fantastical atmosphere improved by the beautiful writing. It has the classical B&B elements, but overall it follows its own rules. A fresh retelling for wh
This one was a very low 3 stars for me. I probably would have rated less than 3, but I didn't think it would be fair to the book, because it wasn't badly written.
But I was so BORED the entire time I was reading. I kept waiting for whatever awesomeness was supposed to happen that made (seemingly) every other reviewer fall in love with it.
It never happened for me.


I didn't hate the characters, but I never fell in love with the idea of Isra & Gem together. Part of that reason may have been becau
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Isra is not the conventional Beauty. For one she is blind, but her narrative didn't really feel like she is blind. I mean dude, she rappells from her tower to the garden way below. Daredevil is the only blind person I know who can do that. Second, she wasn't a beauty, at least for the entire first 70% or so. I was under the impression that she isn't conventionally beautiful bordering on hideous, what with the reaction of the people around her. Then in the last 30%, tada
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Every good fairy tale has a few critical elements. We have our heroine and our hero, their epic tale of romance, the obstacle in their way, and, most likely, there is a curse to break as well. “Beauty and the Beast” is easily the best of these fairy tale stories, far more romantic than “Snow White,” much darker than “Sleeping Beauty,” and all together more satisfying than “Cinderella”. With Of Beast and Beauty, however, Stacey Jay has managed to mix together all of the correct i
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This book was absolutely nothing like I expected. Even the blurb didnt give away the fact that this was a futuristic sci-fi and not a high fantasy. And it wasnt much of a Beauty and the Beast retelling, either. There was not much left of the original tale. The only similarities I saw was that their love could break a curse, but even the details of that were very different. Besides the drastic change in story and setting, one of the
From my own scientific research with extensive Excel spreadsheets (ok not really, but from my equally impressive informal observations), I have come to the conclusion that behind Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast is the most retold fairy tale. And it’s for a good reason. There is something so alluring about breaking a curse with true love.

This retelling takes some liberties from the original tale. While there is the curse, captivity, and a beauty and beast (kind of), this is set, from what I can

If you are into animation movies, then I'll easily describe this as some sort of 'Shrek' meets 'Tangled' (I don't know about you, but I loved them both!). And I won't even bother with the other end of the 'if' :p

Absolutely lovely! Why didn't I know about it sooner? 4.5 stars.


It’s not a secret that I have a crush on historical-fantasy alike stories. Ever since the Lumatere Chronicles my heart roots for this type of stories, sometimes I find something that I like, sometimes the search
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Jul 15, 2014 Jo ★The Book Sloth★ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone

IN the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret. The secret was as old as the cracked cobblestone streets of Yuan, as peculiar as the roses that bloom eternally within the domed city’s walls, as poisonous as forgotten history and the stories told in its place.

Of Beast and Beauty isn't a book full of sunshine. It is a dark book, a scary fairytale. It has little resemblance to Beauty and the Beast, but that was ok. This book was beautiful in its un
Kat Kennedy
I just never managed to get into this book. DNF at 50%
Alienor ✘ French frowner ✘
Amazing Buddy Read with Chelsea, Jen, Laura, Kat Stark, Sarah, Jenny, Harriet, Portia, Destini Mia, Maria & Elena for Chelsea's birthday .

Joyeux anniversaire en avance ma belle!!

This gonna be short, sorry. Because Ash's waiting for me. I might re-write a proper review later.

Rating clarification : 3.5/5

The girl's misery and rage slipped away, and the secret sank like a stone,
inside her, until the truth was as forgotten as hope and beauty and all the other things given to th
Buddyread this book with all of these wonderful ladies: Chelsea, Laura,Jen , Anna, Kat Stark, Sarah, Jenny, Harriet, Portia, Destini Mia and Maria :)

I truly enjoyed Of Beast and Beauty! I was sucked in right at the beginning. The world and the characters seemed strange, out of this world even. Something I had to get used to but intrigued me nonetheless!

It is kind of a reversed Beauty & the Beast retelling. Gem, who is our ''beast'', becomes Isra's prisoner. Which means: they HATE each othe
Andrew (BritBookBoy)
"Beauty is wherever you find it, and Beast is there when you need to defend it."

I’m such a sap for fairytale retellings and this book gave me everything I want from one. Stacey Jay managed to maintain enough of the original’s iconic moments and plotlines, while serving something fresh, inventive and beautiful. While I don’t usually like to compare, this was the exact type of story I was looking for in Rosamund Pike’s Cruel Beauty, but was unable to find.

Told in dual perspective (with a very mi
Okay, so Of Beast and Beauty is a Beauty and the Beast retelling (obviously) which I thought was very interesting. I've heard of Cinderella retellings, Snow White retellings and others but I haven't really heard of a Beauty and the Beast retelling. But this one was done PERFECTLY!
Isra was amazing. She was my favorite character! Everything she goes through in this book is so terrible and awful but she keeps moving on no matter what. Gem. What do I even say about Gem? He was the perfect Beast. H
Summer the bummer
Oh, how refreshing it is to read a YA fantasy novel that is not part of a series.

How invigorating it is to read of a fairytale that stays faithful to the original while deviating from the standard to create a world that is incomparable in characters and prose.

Recently, I read a novel based on Beauty and the Beast--Cruel Beauty, by Rosamond Hodge (here is ze review) and while I do admit it was quite good, albeit peculiar, it didn't wow me as much as I'd hoped it would. That cannot be said of Jay
Jul 13, 2013 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Well-Done Romances & Retellings
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It's a rare, beautiful experience when a book totally catches you off guard and completely exceeded all expectations you had. Of Beauty And Beast was not a book I was particularly excited for, I was only slightly interested in reading it. Despite my skepticism, Of Beauty And Beast was exactly what I needed to read and I am so glad that I picked it up. This is definitely one of my top books of 2013 (so far) and I just can't describe
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
B-DAY buddy read with all my most wonderful GR friends: Jen, Laura, Anna, Kat Stark, Sarah, Jenny, Harriet, Portia, Destini Mia, Maria aaaand Elena!!!

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Magically enchanting and wonderfully thrilling, OF BEAST AND BEAUTY was a fantastic retelling with it's own touch of originality that had me hooked from the beginning until the very end!! From it's dark setting to it's alluring plot, with heart-pounding revelations and fierce character development, and it's utterly beautiful and spellbindingly magical romance that could stand the test of time. OF BEAST AND BEAUTY is definitely not a book to be missed, and had everything I craved and som
Cee (The Mistress Case)
Beauty is wherever you find it, and Beast is there when you need to defend it.

A Blind Beauty.

A Humane Beast.

Our beast Gem isn’t cursed, selfish, or ugly.

Our beauty Isra isn’t loved, pure, or untouchable.

As a matter of fact, Isra and Gem practically have death sentences hanging over their heads.

My life grows shorter than the rose on the royal roses.

These characters’ journey is heartwarming and raw with emotions of anger, hatred, doubt, pity, fear and . . . lust. I fucking love it.

However, as
Portia Lynn
Definitely almost a 4.... almost! 3.5? 3.75? Idk, but somewhere in there!

Birthday buddy read for the amazing Chelsea with a lovely group of ladies: Anna, Elena, Harriet, Kat Stark, Jen, Jennifer, Maria, and Sarah. I think I got everyone. Lol


"Beauty is wherever you find it, and Beast is there when you need to defend it."

Like many others, the tale of Beauty and the Beast is my favorite (even in the old, creepy, versions). I am 28 and have Beauty and the Beast stuff a
Jun 22, 2013 Lili rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
I think that writing a coherent review currently is impossible. 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 been a really long time since I thought that a writer’s writing style is really beautiful and went out of my way to tell others that. It’s just been a while since a book managed to truly blow me away and make me love it so much. OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, the first book I’ve ever read by Stacey Jay, managed to do all tha ...more

Wow, I really liked this book! This had big shoes to fill, because I absolutely love the Disney movie of Beauty and the Beast. I am so happy that this book lived up to my expectations! I really enjoyed Stacey's spin on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. I found it really interesting and addictive. I wanted to learn more about the world and the people in it.

The romance was my favorite part of this book! It seemed to develop a little quickly at first, but I found myself extremely invested
First off I have to say I LOVE you Stacey and thanks a million for sending me this one! I loved it! I have not read any other books form Stacey but I have them and I am so on it, she is an amazing writer and sucked you in as soon as you turn page one! A MUST MUST read of 2013!!

The blind princess of Yan, Isra, who is a smooth ski is born and raised to be the sacrifice to save her city from disaster. But outside in the wasteland of a desert that once use to be beautiful there lives a different ki
I love reading different kinds of books, but it's never been a secret that I have a particular fondness for retellings. I was pretty much obsessed with Disney movies growing up, and Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite story. So whenever I see something like this pop up, I immediately want to get my hands on it, and this novel was no exception. I was a little wary at first, because I've tried to start one of Jay's other novels, Juliet Immortal, but I ended up putting it aside. I simp ...more
A very lovely fairy tale that kept me gripped until the end!
There have been queens who ruled with wisdom and power, but none of them were tainted. Or blind. Or locked away and hidden from the people. I will have to be truly extraordinary to lift myself above all my failings.

And lift yourself you did, Princess Isra. THIS WAS WONDERFUL. :')

Fairytale retellings are the new vampires/werewolves in YA. At least that's what I see in the paranormal/fantasy genre. Writing your own story while more or less sticking to the fairytale story arc isn't easy, and I've
Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
In the beginning there was light… Okay you caught me. I forget how the Bible actually starts. Don’t tell the nuns!!!

Of Beast and Beauty starts out much like a very old fairytale, whispered from the voice The Pure Heart.

The Dark Heart and The Pure Heart were ONE being in the beginning, before humans came raising domes around their cities to keep out those they called Monstrous. For anyone “touched” by The Pure Heart’s magic gift turned flesh to scales.

Humans inside their domed cities made sacrifi
I am her monster. And she is mine.

Duuuude, my face! It’s been ages and ages since an ending left me feeling as I am right now. I love how this wasn’t at all simplistic in this is the bad guy and that’s the good guy, rather they could ALL be partly both. She’s not Belle perfect. He’s not all cute but scary ala giant Taz looking fella. I love how the both of them could be wrong then right in their assessment of things and of each other. There’s growth here… growth in the two as characters; growt
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Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with three pen names, two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can't think of anything she'd rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor (for real ...more
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