Waiting on Wednesday (#6)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!


Waiting on Wednesday (#6)
Of Beast and Beauty

Written by: Stacey Jay
Published by: Delacorte
Release date: July 23rd 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 391
Format: select
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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.


First of all, look at that cover. Gorgeous. I’m a huge fan of the black/white/red-accent color scheme, and this one is just so well-done. Second, I adore fairy-tale retellings, so this is pretty much a must-read for me – plus I think the concept of “Belle” being a blind princess sounds really intriguing. Third… okay fine, I’m just in love with that cover. ;) And I’m so ready to love this book.

What’s your Waiting on Wednesday pick?

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9 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday (#6)

  1. *_* Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I still have Juliet Immortal on my shelf by Jay, need to get to that. She really, really has great concepts for her retellings =) My WoW

  2. I have to agree with you on that cover. If I were at a bookstore I would pick this up to read the summary just based off the cover alone. And I agree, the fact that Belle is blind definitely sounds intriguing. Love it!

  3. Fairy tale retelling? SIGN ME UP. I love the different mythologies and legends and how authors play with familiar stories – it’s probably my favorite sub-genre of fantasy. All that to say… this sounds AMAZING. Great pick!

    • Yay! I’m so excited to hear that. I hope it continues to be good – I’ll look forward to hearing how it was when you’re done!

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