Book Review: The Beast is an Animal By Peternelle van Arsdale


Title: The Beast is an Animal

Author: Peternelle van Arsdale

Release date: March 7, 2017


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.


I don’t even know where to start. This story took me on a complete roller coaster ride. Right from the start. Before we even meet Alys, we meet the twins  and learn their back story, and it truly pulls at your heart strings. I enjoyed knowing why they are the way they are. I was glad that the author kept up with the twins throughout the story and that they where intertwined, with the main character.

There where some parts to the story, to me that felt like it was dragging. But those were few and far between. I was pleasantly surprised with all the action that take place in this story.

Now even though to me this story is about discovering what important in ones life, it has the element of romance. Even though it is unexpected. It ties the entire story together. The closer you get to the end of the story you see just how much it really matters.

We follow Alys through all her ups and down. And we route for her along the way as she figures out her “demons”.

Seriously one of the hardest reviews to write with spoiling the entire book.  For you to really understand every up and down detail you have emerge yourself into this world that the author created. She created a world that brings you back to a time , like when the Salem witch trails happened. And how some may have let their beliefs crowd their judgments. While creating a divide in whats true and not between good and evil and it just pulls you in. So I am going to recommend this story.


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