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Publisher's Summary

It's pointless. Hopeless. Even if she weren't afraid of me, we'll always be enemies at the core....

In the city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra is raised to be a human sacrifice. Her death will ensure her city's vitality. In the desert, a mutant beast named Gem fights to save his people, known as the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together they can return balance to their worlds. When Gem is captured for trying to steal Yuan's enchanted roses, he becomes a prisoner of the city. Isra enlists his help and soon begins to care for him - and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

She's a queen; I'm her prisoner. I am her monster and she is mine.

©2013 Stacey Jay (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"There is a personal, romantic side to their struggle, but it's the ideological, cultural, and cosmic perils that threaten to overwhelm them." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Heather
  • Mississippi State, MS, United States
  • 07-18-15

Really enjoyed the narration

The story was solid, interesting and the only reason I tried this one is because I enjoyed another book that had used Julia Whelan as the voice talent. Really pleasant to listen to. Just came across Stacey Jay, she has a nice way of building relationships and worlds and creating stories that wrap up in a book instead of long drawn out series and frustrating cliffhangers - those have their place - but it was nice to listen to one complete story in one book.

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A true fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beas

What did you like best about this story?

The tales of Beauty and the Beast are some of my favorite stories of all time. I believe it is because of the connection two people must forge over great obstacles. They actually have to get to know one another before they fall steadily in love. To me this makes some of the most epic and memorable stories.

I of course was chomping at the bits to listen to this retelling. And praying that it would be a newnew unique treasure to add to my collection, and not an imitation of previous great works of B & B. Well I devoured this story in twotwo very busy days otherwise it would have been one. I really just can't describe how I feel just now completing it. But I will tell you I REALLY adored this tale.

Love is the whole focal point of the story. Who doesn't like a story about love? I think this story fills that need in me I get when I watch the Disany version of B & B. It is so much more filling. Yet it is a true fairy tale through and through. All be it a futuristic, rusticrustic, sifi, ailian plant one. It really is it's own story. Unique amongst any other I've read that is a true B & B retelling. I really loved the end and how different yet perfect it was. I was disappointed it ended so suddenly, but like I said it's a real fairy tale and that's how they end. You will not be disappointed though. I had my heart in my throat the last part of this book, not believing the drastic turn the plot took. You will need to read it to see what I'm talking about but man, it is something else.

This is on the darkerdarker side of B & B retellings scale. It had a little more blood and gore then I like, although I really can't handle much at all, so it may not bother most people.

This story had the feel of a young adult/ new adult novel. But not as heavy on the angst and whining as most of them are. The characters where very well drawn out and quite memrable. Their problems and relationship where believable (well as believable as a fairy tale can be). And you will be drawn into a whole new world and carried away by the tail of two star crossed lovers.

The narrator was pretty amazing. She definitely helped one to get lost in the story. The way she read the story fit in so well with the flow of the sentences. Which where almost lyrical at times.

All in all this was so worth a credit or even a buy. And I will definitely listen to this one again and again and agian.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was epic all be it to short. Lol, although I really just didn't want it to end. It fit in nicely with the flow of the story and sticking with the traditional fairy tail set up. Jeez was I tight throated and in shock at that conclusion.

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Beautiful world building

Beautiful world building. Addictive story about oppression, racism, and sheltered existence. The romantic sub plot lacked sufficient development, but it has some steamy moments non the less. I was captivated by the world, mythology, and political structure of the planet they inhabited. Maybe because I visualize Bo as the same Bo for Korra, but in the end I felt bad for him and was touched by his last moments of courage.

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Amazing

Beautifully written. I felt everything. The narrator was phenomenal and I could hear and feel real emotion from the characters. Bravo

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  • K
  • 07-28-16

Fell flat

The setting was interesting- people who colonised another planet that relied on magic rather than technology. If you're looking for that, though, I would recommend Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. The storyline and characters in this story fell flat under the burden of preachy text and too-idealistic characters. I have nothing but good things to say about the audio performance. Go check out Julia's other performances. And browse some of Stacey's other books if you're interested in YA romance with a splash of fantasy. Princess of Thorns had characters that felt perfectly three-dimensional.

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Great story.

Loved the take on Beauty and the Beast. Love to listen to Julia Whelan. I plan to look for more by this author and of course Julia.

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sci-fi fantasy

This was a cross genre epic fantasy sci fi audio book. I would not really call it a retelling of beauty and the beast, though there are some obvious similarities in the stories (and the title ;). It wasn't perfect, but pretty close to it. I loved the romance and the world building was lush in detail and altogether icky. I liked that even the 'bad' guys were complicated.

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Good ending!!

I loved this book. It's a very unique version of beauty and the beast that is entertaining from the first word to the last. It's also one of the few books that has an actual ending not an open ending that leaves room for a possible sequel. It is final and gives you closure. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good listen!

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Loved this!

This was a wonderful story and had one of my favorite narrators. It was a safe bet that paid off.
Definitely worth the credit!

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Beautifully written

A beautifully written re-telling of the story Beauty and the Beast. I very much enjoyed listening to it. Highly recommended!