Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.

by Stacey Jay

hitting shelves July 23rd by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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

My thoughts:  You know I'm always up for a good fairytale retelling---plus unlike many retellings these days, Jay kept the story rooted in high fantasy, rather than giving it a modern, urban makeover! Looove that about this one. And well, the extra-gorgeous cover doesn't hurt either. 


  1. This sounds so great! I love Beauty and the Beast and fairytale retellings, so this one sounds right up my alley. I added this to my Goodreads! Thanks for sharing.

    My WoW

  2. Ohhhh... A Retelling :D I love the twist and plot. Great pick :D


  3. Oh, this one! I just added this to my TBR Pile last week when I saw it on one of the WoW posts :) Happy reading! :D

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  4. Seeing this one around a lot this week! I can't wait to see the spin put on the fairytale.

    Nikki @ Books Most Wanted

  5. Ooohhhh....This one sounds AWESOME! Got my eye on this one ;) Great pick! :D

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  6. Beauty and the Beast meets fantasy, by Stacy Jay?! This is so a YES in my books! Thanks for putting it on my radar :)

    My WOW this week

  7. Oh, I hadn't heard of this one yet, but I now I've added it to my tbr. Love Beauty and the Beast and I also love that this retelling is a high fantasy!

  8. Interesting. A lovely cover. Red roses and the color black are two of my favorite things.

  9. Fairytales and retellings: always welcome. I totally love this promise and cover.

    WoW at Mel@thedailyprophecy.

    1. ps: Renegade from the November giveaway arrived after all! It came in the mail today :) Just wanted to let you know :D It looks so pretty in real life.

  10. I am so super excited for this one too! I love retellings :) Cannot wait!!!

  11. I'm just as excited for this one and have already added it to my TBR pile. Fantastic Wow pick!

  12. What a pick! I've never heard if this and I love that cover. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Holy cow, how have I not heard of this? Definitely adding this to my list! :D