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The Beast Is an Animal
The Beast Is an Animal | Peternelle van Arsdale
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 sparedand 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 eatersand of the Beast they believe guides themrule 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 outsideand from within her own heart and soul.
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Jeralyn
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Mehso-so

First of all, beautiful cover (just putting that out there). Second of all, I'm not a huge fan of the synopsis on the inside cover. I don't know if it's just me (which it very well could be), but it sounded like a beauty and the Beast retelling when I read it... And this book was pretty far from it. This wasn't a bad book, just not my cup of tea. The double F's annoyed me (forest+this book=fforest) like why?
But not a bad book, just a so-so.

tournevis Not an expert on English grammar, but I was taught that in early Modern English, the doubling of a letter could denote emphasis or specificity; at the beginning of a word it could mean "the one and only of" something. Like when one writes IFF, meaning "if and only if". I may have been taught wrongly there. Perhaps then if means the one and only forest, or the ur-forest. Perhaps not. 5mo
Jeralyn Oh ok, that would make a lot more sense, I didn't know that. I still wonder why she chose to do that, but it makes more sense, thank you:)) 5mo
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behudd
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed listening to the audiobook version of this book. I actually thought it was based on a real Welsh fairytale it was so deep & dark, but according to the author‘s website, it was completely original. This is a so-so right on the verge of a pick. Good, not great, and enjoyable ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DuckOfDoom
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I really liked the book. But I think the title is so stupid!!! It actually is not a beauty and the beast retelling, as I deducted from the title.
Also, why was "forest" written "fforest" the whole time.... It was only annoying, not special...

BookHoarder32 Lol, I really liked this book, but totally agree with you on the fforest and the title. 10mo
Kimberlone One of my biggest pet peeves in Fantasy/Sci Fi books is when normal words are spelled weird! It‘s one thing if it‘s a totally made up word but makes no sense if it‘s a normal English word that has been just had the spelling changed! 10mo
DuckOfDoom @Kimberlone If they use an old spelling that's fine by me, but I always think in writing it would have been easier to write The Forest with a capital letter to show there is something about it. 10mo
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I was immediately drawn to this book because of the title and cover. Both so beautiful. A delightful story with some fairy tale vibes and reminiscent for me of red riding hood! There were one or two parts where it lagged a wee bit for me and I was craving more action, but overall well paced. I wanted a bit more mythos and backstory to world. But definitely a great read!

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Such a beautiful opener! I am so excited for this book!

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When only the children are spared in Alys‘s village by the soul eaters, they‘re sent to a neighboring village to live. When danger looms over the neighboring village its blamed on the children who are put in charge of keeping watch at night. They care not for the welfare of the children, so long as they remain safe. #PetSemetary (going off lyrics) #OctoberXFiles

There‘s still time to join in! http://litsy.com/p/eUtoT09EU3B1

Cinfhen Creepy!!! Cool cover 13mo
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First book of my #yearofmarvellousreading done and WHAT a book. It‘s an unbelievably creepy and atmospheric exploration of the way women have been hated and feared and the way that religious oppression and mob mentalities can be twisted against them. Alys is a fantastic main character and I was really rooting for her to win out despite everything being against her. Can not recommend enough!

Linsy Love that cover! ♥️ 13mo
thebookmagpie @Linsy it‘s so pretty! 13mo
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My Year of Marvellous Reading

So I‘ve not been around here much this last year. I‘ve just started a Masters course and you might think the last thing I need is a new project. But now that I‘m doing a lot of more serious reading for uni I want to be able to read things that grab me straight away, and I want to document it here! Here‘s to a #yearofmarvellousreading and FINALLY getting to some of my most anticipated books.

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Well, this was.... odd. Very eventful and unique. Definitely creepy. I was not overly pleased by the hasty, somewhat questionable ending. (Did it make sense? I don't know.) Overall a "pick."

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Wow! I hope the intensity continues after the first chapter!!

InBooksILive This book sounds so good! 14mo
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Jess7 I like the blue color! 2y
BookHookedNook @Jess7 Same! Stunning colours 😍 2y
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Mehso-so

This book just wasn't for me. The writing style felt really simple to me and I'm not a huge fan of the world the author build. There were a few things that drove me crazy (such as the “fforest“ written with double “f“) but overall the book was ok and I can see how others might really enjoy it.

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Hr 12 #24of48 fav 3 “The angel, eternally alighting with arched wings and delicate, stretched feet, spread his palms outwards towards the radiance, and bowed in ceremonious humility the youthful, narrow head, with its long gold hair still erect and quivering from his flight.” The Heaven Tree
“A shaft of dawn light fell on the crack in the corner of the ceiling.” Victoria
“Way back in the beginning, there were two sisters.” The Beast is an Animal

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buecherwurm
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There it is again but this time in a name! So this seems to have more concept than just misspelling things.

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This is how “forest“ is written in the entire book (so far) and it's driving me crazy. Why would anyone do this?!?

ju.ca.no urgh🙈 2y
Grise Why indeed? Is it the only misspelled word? Could it be some kind of clue? 2y
buecherwurm @Grise I'm not too far into the book but it seems to be used to point out that this is no ordinary forest. However, I still would have prefered this to be done in a different way and not by a misspelled word. 2y
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Daughter_of_Opulence
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So this happened this morning~
#shocked

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lauras.enchanted.library
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From the first page to the very last, I was at the edge of my seat dying for what happened next. I NEEDED to know.

It was creepy, wonderful, a blend of the village meets soul-sucking-vampires meets dryads meets crazy puritans and I loved every single minute of it.
4.5 ⭐️

ReadingSusan That cover is beautiful! 2y
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Daughter_of_Opulence
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"And she laughed."

I have finished THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL by Peternelle Van Arsdale.
This book was very odd but interesting. The story flows and connects well. The main character weren't annoying in any way. It has a little bit of romance but it doesn't focus on it to much on. I enjoyed the bit of romance. It's like it's own fairy tale.
I honestly enjoyed it! It wasn't at all what I guessed or expected. [??? out of 5] #firstreadoftheyear

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Daughter_of_Opulence
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Okay~ Blurb time!
I'm suprised at how everything is different that what I expected. Granted I knew nothing, and I mean N-O-T-H-I-N-G about the story or where it was coming from. I liked the title and the cover. I assumed fairytale and romance and what I'm getting is fairytale, mystery and supernatural. I love it so far. It's showing some romance but not focusing fully on it like other books. #captivated #thebeastisananimal #peternellevanarsdale

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"Those sisters, with their owl eyes, their love of the dark. Their comfort in it."
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#thebeastisananimal #peternellevanarsdale #photoedit #madewithpixlr #5 #firstreadoftheyear

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Well, the beast is real. In the beginning it felt as if it were a demon but not just any being. The way the people talk about the Beast it feels like he's Satan/Lucifer. I believed him to be a cursed a being or just the fear of going out to the unknown, but it is real. I can quite picture him completely but just because The Beast is an Animal doesn't mean The Beast is evil. So far The People are Monsters.

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"It was the frightened adults- the ones who accused, the ones who banished. . . "

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Daughter_of_Opulence
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2018! New Year, new books, new tbr, new shelves.
I spent my night reorganizing my book shelves. I'm ready to begin this new year and get lost in my books. 😍😍 #2018 #day1

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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.

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Camille2
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DuckOfDoom
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This @Pagehabit box is awesome! I really love the concept of author - annotated books. I got the fantasy box plus sci-fi book and I'm already excited for the next one 😊

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#mypagehabit won an extra book

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parasolofdoom
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Hit my reading challenge goal for the year! 🎉 (It's actually at 125/125, my Kindle marked something as read and the GR app didn't update my challenge after deleting yet)

BekahB Awesome!! 🎉🎉 2y
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Dark fairytale fantasy I started today, really like it

Nebklvr Well, that is creepy. 2y
parasolofdoom @Nebklvr and it's s children's rhyme in the story! Though I guess real world children's rhymes can be kinda 2y
parasolofdoom off the wall too (hit send too soon) 2y
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After sending my review into the local paper lile they asked I received an email telling me I don't read the types of books they and their readers are looking for. Keep in mind they didn't give me any guidelines. Never told me they would prefer adult fiction, or nonfiction, or anything like that. So I guess I dont have a column now.

Bookzombie That's awful. I'm so sorry to here that. 2y
riversong153 That stinks! Why wouldn‘t they give you info ahead of time so you could see for yourself if it was a good fit?! Sorry to hear that 😕 2y
4thhouseontheleft Sorry to hear that. 🙁 2y
brutalbookworm @riversong153 @Bookzombie @4thhouseontheleft thank you guys, I have no idea why they didn't share that information ahead of time. Especially since I read a bunch of different genres and would have found one that fit what they were looking for. 2y
mjdowens 😢. Ah boo! Sorry 2y
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brutalbookworm
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I absolutely adore this book. The weird part, I honestly felt like it didn't necessarily have a main story to it, it did but everything else was what you were focused on. But the side things and random characters mentioned were so phenomenally done that I was blown away. Everything was so riveting.

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Really interesting book, with horror and fairytale atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre, for me it's a must read! #fantasy #fairytale #horror #autumnreads #thebeastisananimal

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I've started reading this book yesterday and I'm so caught that I'm almost finished. I like the atmosphere of this book, dark forest, girl struggling between what is wrong and what is right and how to survive. I hope it will stay this good until the end.

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On the whole, I think most of the adults in this book would have wished, in hindsight, they thought a little more about their actions. 🤦🏻‍♀️ #Think #AugustGrrrl

Cinfhen Haunting cover 👻looks promising 2y
Robothugs @Cinfhen It is YA, but the romance is minimum and the writing is pretty good. But I would recommend the tagged book over this one. (edited) 2y
Cinfhen I'm pretty sure the tagged book is on my TBR - thanks for the personal recommendation 😘 2y
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The first 4/5th was terrific... gothic and intricately imagined. The main character Alys was compelling and the fairy-tail aspect was really uniquely done. However, the point where the action should really heat up, the action slowed down in an unsatisfying way.

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☽ The author of this book is so sweet... and this book looks so dark and riveting (just my type), I'm so excited to get reading😍

☽ { Have any of you read this book??🖤 } ⠀

#thebeastisananimal #butalso #caraval #and #thewomanincabin10

infinitbr I haven't but it looks like a retelling 😍 2y
crescentmoonreads @infinitbr I know it's not a B&B retelling!!! But it till looks amazing🖤🖤 2y
infinitbr Aw darn!! 2y
crescentmoonreads @infinitbr still looks so good!! 2y
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Took awhile to get into it, but it got much better as I got further along! The writing is lush and thematic! It does start off very dark, which is what turned me off from it in the beginning, but it is a very interesting story.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ The premise of the story had an original fairytale feel to it and the first half of this book was brilliant. It was fast paced, something interesting happening on every page. The fear, the hopelessness, desperation, I felt all of it. By the second half the story went from boiling to simmering. Still good, I just wish the heat had remained consistent. I blame Cian.

I-read-and-eat Good review! I might just pick this one up at the library instead of buying a copy. 2y
Robothugs @I-read-and-eat Thank you! I would recommend going that route! (edited) 2y
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#CurrentlyReading I believe Kyte is channeling the book title? 😂 5 minutes later and she's still staring at me like that. #CatsOfLitsy

I-read-and-eat 😻😻 2y
Zelma She looks like she means business. 😼 2y
Robothugs @Zelma She is a no nonsense cat! 2y
SharonGoforth 😻😻 2y
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I must say, I am enjoying this one. I have been in quite the reading slump so it's nice to enter the dark fforest and find myself lost.