Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

2 Sep



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.





This book was like the pouring rain in the summer. Even if one doesn’t want to get caught and be soaked by the upcoming rain, it’s a futile attempt. Because always does heavenly cold drops will fall and it will feel like the rain have just watered ones souls. Like a gardener that water roses every day and patiently tend to them. They are rewarded by the sigh in watching them grow in beauty and beast.

And like roses this book was beautiful. It’s nourishing, full of promises and meaningful. The story was indeed enchanting and refreshing. The characters were developed perfectly and the author took her time and patience to make them fall in love and accept it. To love beyond limits and to be brave for that love and give all of you in the name of true love.

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The Cast:



Meet:  Isra, a blind Smooth Skin and “The princes/Queen of Yuan”. She’s been imprisoned for years in a tower. Her only friend and companion it’s Needle, who is a mute. Being in the tower gave Isra the strength to reach and discover the world at night. Only to find solace and pain in the garden of roses. But Isra’s world began to change and secrets began to unravel with the arrival of  Monstrous to the city. To dream of a life outside of the tower wall wasn’t possible until him.




Meet:  Gem, “The Monstrous”. Living in the dessert make his  life a struggle to survive with the scarce supply he would find to feed his people. Rage and anger brought him to the beautiful and prosperous city of Yuan. In an oath to his people to bring the city and their inhabitants to their knees.  He make his quest to find and take  their most precious possession …the roses.  But and unexpected event changed his destiny. A blind girl gave him something he din’t know he could still have in him…Hope.


“Beauty is wherever you find it, and Beast is there when you need to defend it.” – of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay




Reviewed by LuLu



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