Monday, 2 April 2018

Audio: Of Beast and Beauty- Stacey Jay

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. 

Audible Audio
Published July 14th 2015 by Tantor Audio (first published July 23rd 2013)
Sci.fi Ya
Own audiosync

My thoughts
I am going to try to make it short, I have  a cold and do not feel like writing a review.

I guess you can say that this was a fairytale re-telling, but at the same time it was not. There was no beauty, there was no beast.

Isra has spent her whole life locked in a tower. Her people live in a dome and monsters roam the wastelands. But just cos those outside look like monsters do not make them so. And now she is queen and all queens must die.

Gem is a monster who wants to save his people. He hates these perfect humans and he has every right too.

They meet under bloody circumstances. They become prisoner and jailer and we learn more about humans, monsters and life on this planet. Oh and it is sci.fi, but not much scifi around these days. The planet took its toll. Oh that makes me wonder why no one else came, maybe this was the last survivors of earth...

Sigh, short is hard!

Anyway. She must marry this other dude, no it is not a triangle when she does not like him and he only thinks he can like her cos hey who wants a miserable marriage. 

There are evil things going on.

Blah blah, oh I am tired. I can not write today.

So, anyway, it was a good one. Interesting story and I did not think it could end happily. It did have some plotholes at the end though, but eh, still worked

Narrator Julia Wheelan
I felt that she did really well with male and female voices. And especially Gem since he was a monster and did not speak like humans.


38 comments:

  1. I like Julia she is a really a good narrator :)

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  2. I have an old series by this author but it's been a while. I remember reading book 1 and liking it and I still have book 2 to read

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    1. I remember something, but not sure...ghost? Or was it zombies

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  3. OMG loved this review. Feel better!!!! and I love Julia Wheelan as a narrator

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  4. I enjoyed this book too. It was fantastic! I loved the audio for it as well. Hope you feel better!

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  5. I've been wanting to read this one for a little while. Thanks for the review!

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  6. I need to read my copy...or download the book. Lol. I'm a fan of Beauty & the Beast retellings.

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  7. Interesting a Beauty and the Beast tale with no Beauty or Beast. I am curious about the evil things going on. Hope you are over your cold.

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    1. I am! Baby S got it too but we weathered it out

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  8. I hope you feel better and get over your cold.

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  9. I hope you feel better soon. Love your review. :)

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  10. well that sounds, weird with the weird triangle?

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    1. I would not call it a triangle so...

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  11. Hmmm... sounds interesting. Thanks for the review. Hope you feel better!

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  12. I really like Julia Wheelan's narration. She can do both YA and adult pretty well. I have an audio copy of this, I just need to set aside the time to listen.

    I hope you feel better! Colds really suck.

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    1. I have not listened to her adult, but one day!

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  13. Hmm. On the one hand, I love beauty and the beast inspired stories, but then you say this is not really fairy tale retelling, so I am pretty torn on this! :D Regardless, I'm glad it worked!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. It is, and at the same time not. He is clearly a beast. But then again so is she. SO he is the beauty then being captured

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  14. Hmm a little strange but good you enjoyed it. Be well soon.

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  15. I think I might like this one even though its not exactly a retelling.

    Hope you feel better. :)

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    1. retellings are like you make them

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  16. Did this come out a few years ago? I vaguely remember it.

    Sounds like an interesting spin of B&tB.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  17. No beauty or beast? OOoo! I am curious now...

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    1. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder ;)

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  18. I hope you feel better soon, this one caught my attention awhile back but I forgot all about it so thank you!!!

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