Monday, September 16, 2013
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
Isra lives in darkness, a princess kept in a tower in a domed city on a magical planet populated by two races - the humans, who live in domed cities and the monstrous - humans with claws and scales who live outside of the domes in the desert. As a princess, Isra has always known that it is her destiny to sacrifice herself for her people. Blinded, she believes that she is ugly and disfigured. When Gem, a monstrous one, is caught within the city, Isra befriends him and while each is trying to use the other, they learn about one another, their races, and their world. Eventually, the truth that has been hidden is revealed and Isra learns that she can indeed save not only her city, but her planet.
This is a captivating tale - a mix of sci-fi and fantasy and folklore.