Book Review: Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

A retelling of the classic beauty and the beast tale, although nothing like the original classic. But i guess that is the point of these retellings, to be not like the original

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay- Official Synopsis

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.

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay- RWAT Take

The book was pretty different. Weird too through its initial chapters because the initial chapters were purely playing with language going too poetic and failing to convey the essence of the story but gradually it started to ease down and the real story started shaping up.


The language is almost like a poem and narration is poetic which can both be good and bad depending upon your taste of language . It took a while for me to understand the world, the core plot and the characters that was being narrated in the story but once it got a pace, the book went on to offer a good and interesting read.


Somehow even though I admire the creativity of the language, I felt that to narrate a story with lots of under layers perhaps this wasn’t the right choice of language.Sentences almost felt chopped and short and it isn’t through halfway that the book started showing the true plot and story, Till then you need to just brush through all the words and letters to land on the meat plot


The book takes a while to settle down and you need to wait till then to ease yourself to the story. In a way i would still say that the plots lay unhinged and raw at certain areas and because of which one finds it a bit difficult to fully enjoy the book.


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