Title: Beauty and His Beast
Author: Bey Deckard
Release Date: December 2, 2017
Genre(s): Fantasy, Science Fiction
Page Count: 151 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
They call him Marrex the Monster.
Deformed and wretched, Captain Marrex roams the black of space with only a pair of eccentric AIs for company. The curse in his DNA means a long, bitterly lonely life for the Ghelyxian, and it’s a fate Marrex knows he can’t change.
After a long sleep in stasis, Juniper Bo wakes to discover he’s an unwelcome guest aboard Captain Marrex’s ship. Though he tries to stay away from the surly Ghelyxian, he just doesn’t get why the curse is such a big deal—then again, Juniper knows his tastes are rather… unusual for a Human.
When friendship blooms between Marrex and Juniper, they realize they face a future that neither could have predicted in their wildest dreams.
When I stared reading, I was wondering how a mix between a fairy tale and science fiction would work. I felt a little skeptical but the result was fantastic. I loved it.
I like the plot even tough, considering it was based on a fairy tale, it was sometimes a little predictable. But it did had some interesting surprises and great characters that made it enjoyable. I also liked the science fiction, it made it unique.
Marrex and Juniper were great characters but some of the spotlight was stolen by the AIs that were very fun. Marrex was really interesting. I wish there were more time spend on his back story, he was very intriguing. I wanted to know more about him. I liked what I knew but I ended up wanting so much more. Juniper was really sweet. I found a lot of fun in trying to guess what his outfits look like. I don’t think I got to know him as much or to care as much as I did Marrex, but he was a really nice character and they were so lovely when they were together.
The relationship between them was something I loved. It was easy to believe they care for each other. It was a beautiful love story. I had a great time reading it. It was something unexpected from the author, since I’m more used to darker stories, but this was just beautiful. I also loved the cover art. It’s just as the book itself, unusual but very beautiful. It represent it quite nicely.