Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

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...Jay’s setup is intriguing and her writing assured.
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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.

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About Stacey Jay

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STACEY JAY lives in California with her husband and their two boys.
Published July 23, 2013 by Delacorte Press. 402 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

on May 20 2013

...Jay’s setup is intriguing and her writing assured.

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Above average
on May 02 2013

Romance fans may forgive its shortcomings for the sake of the intense love story.

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The Bookish Brunette

Reviewed by Bookish Brunette on Jul 22 2013

Stacey Jay completely blew me away with the rich, colorful world in Of Beast and Beauty. Gem and Irsa have taken seats upon my favorite couples AND characters lists! This one is not to be missed!

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The Page Sage

Reviewed by Sara on Jul 22 2013

...unlike the Disney movie we all know and love, there's no guarantee of a Happily Ever After which means a lot of suspense.

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