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The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

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Book Summary:

A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness in this haunting and deeply satisfying tale.

Alys was seven when the soul eaters came to her village.

These soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly morphed into something not quite human, devour human souls. Alys, and all the other children, were spared—and they were sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where good and evil are as fundamental as the nursery rhymes children sing. Fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think it 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.

My review:

Twin sisters where exile and accused of being witch by their village. Now only living in the woods with their mother, they become something truly evil. When their mother they seek revenge on their village. The twins killed all the adults that send them away. Alys was the only one awake during the attack and saw the sister, who are nothing but soul eaters now. Now in a new village with the other orphans of the fateful night, she must keep the woods and the sisters a secret, or she will be accused of a witch herself and be outcast like the sisters were. This book starts pretty good and kinda slows down a bit in the middle. You see Alys grow from this scare child and doing whatever the village ask of her, while keeping some secrets to herself. Alys had been marks from the beast. She wonders for years if she good and evil like the sisters? In the end only time shall tell. Enter the woods and face the soul eaters and the beast for yourself. This book is back in the day type of book, hardly any romance going on and little fantasy. So jump in if you dare and Happy Reading!

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