Caitlin’s #CBR5 #55: Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a sci-fi twist thrown in for fun. There’s a domed city where these creepy roses need blood or else all the people will starve and be forced to live in the desert like monsters. Speaking of monsters, there’s these scaly folks who live in the desert, but they are slowly dying of starvation. The scaly folks decide to break into the city and steal some of the roses, but they are caught. They must leave behind Gem, the son of the chief, as a prisoner. During the attack, one of the monstrous killed the king, so his daughter is now in charge. Isra has been hidden away in a tower because she’s blind and, she assumes, hideous. She seeks Gem’s help in growing a garden that will cure her people of deformities (Yes, despite the dome and the blood-roses, people are still deformed). Faster than you can say Stockholm syndrome, the two are falling in love. It’s too bad that the roses only like to eat the blood of the queen, and that the city is failing fast.

The plot sounds sort of silly when you write it out, so I went with that. It’s actually a decent book.

You can read my full review here.

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