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Of Beast and Beauty

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,916 ratings  ·  631 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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Kat Stark
Feb 05, 2015 Kat Stark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kat Stark by: Imani
Shelves: yay-for-friends

Chelsea's Birthday Buddyread with: Anna, the beautiful Chelsea, Elena, Harriet, Jen, Jennifer, Maria, Portia, Sarah, and lots of various Ansel Elgort pictures (Click to read their reviews)

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

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
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
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
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
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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
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

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 uni
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 min
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
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
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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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
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 al
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
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
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
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; growth
Jan 26, 2015 Laura marked it as on-hold
Chelsea's fabulous birthday buddy read ♥

... with Jen, Anna, Elena, Kat Stark, Sarah, Jenny, Harriet, Portia, Destini Mia and Maria!

Happy early birthday, girl! ♥
A very lovely fairy tale that kept me gripped until the end!
Donna  Happy Booker
Of Beast and Beauty is a retelling of the fairy tale with a sci-fi twist, but it was something much more than a simple retelling. I was completely unprepared for how strongly I was going to react to this book. From the very beginning, the beautiful writing grabbed me and transported me to this vivid planet and it's sentient magic on the brink of dramatic change. I had highlighted so many exquisitely written passages that I don't know which one to share, so I'll just share how it begins.
"In th
Usually I don't like reading fantasy fiction novels because I feel like they can't cover the whole story in one book. Or that they need at least a sequel. In this book I felt like it was totally complete and that nothing could be changed or done differently. The twist in the classic story of beauty and beast was amazing and creative. I loved the whole cruse idea and the sacrifice that came with it. Plus the idea of love being the strongest weapon. Isra was one of those main characters that we wo ...more
Isa Lavinia

Okay, that 3rd pov (Bo) was one too many, it really wasn't needed, it just made it seem like the author couldn't find a more skilful way to impart that information.The thing about this book is that the stories within it - the legends that are told - are actually really amazing, I mean, "this stuff is what magic is made of" amazing. And then we get back to the plot and... it's good.

I liked the characters, and I loved the plot twists, but when you start the story with beautiful writing about a w
sunset shimmer
Oh my god.

Oh my GOD.

Okay, I've seen many a Beauty and the Beast adaptations in one lifetime, but I've never come across one this unique. I loved every minute of this book. The writing? Gorgeous. The story? I wanted to drown in it. The romance? Heartfelt and believable. Sure there might have been a touch of cheese with the whole "power of love" thing, but at the end of the day, isn't that what Beauty and the Beast is all about?

To quote Rainbow Dash, "Darn it! Now you got ME actin' all sappy!"

Chelsea's Birthday Buddy Read with Chelsea, Laura, Anna, Kat Stark, Sarah, Jenny, Harriet, Portia, Maria & Elena!

This was the first book I’ve read that is a retelling of a fairy tale. Truthfully, I was nervous to read a story that held hints of Beauty and the Beast laced throughout the pages. Because whenever my mind thinks about that particular story, I always envision the movie by Disney. The one that filled with me with hope, love, faith that there will always be a bad guy that can be de
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It's not a secret that I'm not the biggest fan of fairy tale retellings for the simple reason that I haven't come across one that has been well-written enough for my tastes. When the reviews for Of Beast and Beauty started to pour in, I knew that I had to cast aside my fear for fairy tale retellings and give this book a try. I'm so glad I did because Of Beast and Beauty was a stunning book that deserves all the hype.

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Of Beauty and Beast is a July release by Stacey Jay. It is a fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in a dying world in a city called Yuan and the dessert region surrounding it. It had many good things about it, but the telling was a little heavy handed and far from perfect.

Isra is blind and the next Queen in line for the throne in Yuan. One night her father is killed during an attack from the Monstrous, a race of mutated humans who live in the dessert outside of the walled dome of Yuan.
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Original review found


I love retelling of fairy tales, and this is no exception. This author was able to take the idea of a beauty and a beast and completely spin it in a way that makes it fun, unique and completely enjoyable.

The beginning of the story was a bit to get through in order to connect with the characters. Although the author did a grand job of creating her own world that is rich with imagery.

Here in this story it's B
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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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