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Of Beast and Beauty

By: Stacey Jay

BOOK TALK

This fairy tale for modern teens begins with the blind Princess Isra of the Smooth Skins.  Her fate, to be sacrificed, promises to keep the city of Yuan prosperous.  Gem, her captured prisoner, is one of the Monstrous who live in the desert.  His main goal is to keep his people from starving.  Each holds secrets from the other until they soon discover that they have much more in common than they ever imagined.  Isra finds herself attracted to Gem, which goes against everything she knows.  Not until she is with Gem does she discover the shocking truth behind the lies she has been told.  This story of sacrifice and deception grips you until the last page.

Prepared by Pat Strawn, Librarian, John Jay High School, San Antonio, Texas