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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
All right, darlings! It's Wednesday, and here at Sparkles and Lightning we participate in the meme Waiting on Wednesdays hosted by the fantastic Jill over at Breaking the Spine. I don't know what we'd do without her sometimes. This meme is one of the best ways to discover (and gush over) newly discovered and highly anticipated for forever books both, and it's pretty fantastic. So, enough with my rambling and on to my choice!

Of Beast and Beauty
Stacey Jay
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 23, 2013
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.

I've only read two books by Stacey, those being Juliet Immortal and Romeo Redeemed. I hated the latter. Liked the former well enough. So it was really a toss-up as to whether or not I was going to read this one.

But you guys, I can't resist. Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite fairytales, and I have to read this latest retelling. Plus, um, that cover? Gorgeous. So I think it's worth the risk.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?
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  1. I have Juliet Immortal on my shelf, it's one of the books I plan to read this year, and soon. I'm waiting on the paperback for Romeo Redeemed, I hope I find it good enough!
    This new books sounds twisted enough... oO I hooe you'll like it, I'll put it on my list of maybe-reads.
    Thanks a lot for sharing! My WoW

  2. I've been considering adding this book to my list. The more I see it around, the more it intrigues me.

    If you get a chance, visit my WoW.

  3. Juliet Immortal has been on my to read list for a while now, I just haven't got around to it. I will have to check back for your review, I have Of Beast and Beauty on my Maybe read list!
    My WoW @ The Quiet Concert

  4. What a beautifully creepy cover! I am loving retellings more and more, so this sounds like something I would really enjoy, especially since Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites, as well. Thanks for sharing! Here's my WoW. Happy Wednesday! :D

  5. I haven't read Stacey's other books, but they're on my list to get to. This one, though, totally drew me in from the blurb. It sounds like a really interesting and creative retelling, so I'm definitely excited! :)

  6. Oh yes, I've seen this a while back, and I'm really excited for it. Oh yeah, your blog theme goes with the book! Lol :))

    What I'm Waiting for this Wednesday
    Cover Love Mondays
    Review: Pushing the Limits

  7. Sounds great but I'm not sure if I get to read it soon. Great pick! I hope you enjoy reading it!
    Come check out my WOW post.

  8. My goodness that does sounds like a good book. Great pick and Happy Reading! Here is my WoW for this week!

  9. Oooh... this one does sound good! I'm a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast too. :D Great pick!
    My WoW Pick!

  10. That is an awesome cover! I'll let you review it before I read it :) Here's my WoW.

  11. I can't wait for this book to come out! I love fairy tale retellings. This one sounds especially good. Great pick!

    Check out my WoW

    Happy reading!

  12. I read Juliet Immortal last year and I absolutely loved it. I can not wait to read this one too!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  13. OH MY GOSH. I felt exactly the same way about the Juliet Immortal series, so I'm so shocked to find that I NEED THIS BOOK NOW.

    It sounds a bit morbid, like Jay usually writes, but so worth it. I'm hoping her style and such have improved.

    GREAT choice Anna! :))

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  14. I love adaptations of fairy tales. :)
    This one sounds like it will be good. Thank you for sharing, Annabelle.


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