Book Review – The Beast is an Animal

Book: The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
Release Date: March 7th 2017
Tags: Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Standalone, Young Adult, Instalove
Trigger Warnings: Death, Emotional Abuse, Child Labour, Miscarriages, Teens disappearing, Burial, Caged

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters.

These soul eaters are twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly grew into something not quite human. And they feed off of human souls. When her village was attacked, Alys was spared and sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think he is. And neither is Alys.

Inside, Alys feels connected to the soul eaters, and maybe even to the Beast itself. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she longs for the freedom of the forest. And she has a gift she can tell no one, for fear they will call her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul. 

The Beast is an animal

You’d better lock the Gate

Or when it’s dark, It comes for you

Then it will be too late

The Beast is an animal

Hear It scratch upon your door

It sucks your soul then licks the bowl

And sniffs around for more

The Beast is an animal

It has a pointy chin

It eats you while you sleep at night

Leaves nothing but your skin

– Old Byd Nursery Rhyme

I came across this book a year or two ago when i was searching for cheaper books to buy on bookoutlet. It was a cheap cover buy that is literally why i bought it. I also “thought” it was a beauty and the beast retelling as i love, love i mean LOVE beauty and the beast.

However it was not that much about the beast (from the title) but there are aspects of beauty and the beast in said book.

I am excited to say i enjoyed my time reading and just listening to the person reading.

My favorite character would have to be Mother (the new mom to Alys), at first reading her character i was not caring for her thought she was stuck up or mean really but in the end i actually loved her.

Without spoiling it all i am going to say is that i THOUGHT!! a certain boy was the beast…. turns out i was wrong and hoping it would happen. I had shocked moments, sad moments and giggle moments which to me tells you it was a good read.

Minding, even though this was great to read i however there was an instalove that happened in the second half of the book that i personally feel it was unnessecary, also wished the ending was better.

I perfer you check the trigger warnings before picking up this book but if you decide you want to read it best do it during the halloween time.

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