"Waiting On" Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's book that I am eagerly anticipating is...
Of Beast and Beauty
by Stacey Jay
|Expected Release Date: July 23, 2013|
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover & eBook ~256 pages
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.
Why I am "Waiting On" Of Beast and Beauty
I am a huge fan of author Stacey Jay and have read almost all of her books. I have been getting into retold Fairy Tales and Classics lately and I loved her take on Romeo & Juliet in Juliet Immortal and I can't wait to see her rendition of Beauty and the Beast. Plus the cover is so beautiful! I love blood dripping and the fallen rose petals! I probably would have picked this up just for the cover.
What do you think? Will you be reading Of Beast and Beauty? What are some of your favorite retold stories?