The Beast is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale Book Review




Goodreads 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 Rating:4/5 stars

Disclaimer:I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts

Plot: The Beast is An Animal is one of those books that you have no idea what to expect going into it, and when you finish reading it you still have no idea what you just read. While sometimes that can be a bad thing, it definitely wasn’t for this book. I don’t want to spoil anything and I feel as though the summary kind of misleads you but basically it follows this girl Alys who at a young age encounters these souleaters in the forest and these creatures basically change her life forever. This is honestly one of the most intriguing fantasy novels I’ve ever read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I think it really discussed how fear can change you and what it can to people in an interesting and perceptive way. It was very reminiscent of witch trials. I did find that at times it was a little confusing and I do think that the summary was very misleading as the things that are mentioned only occur in the last 50 pages or so, so it definitely could’ve been longer.


To be honest I wasn’t the hugest fan of Alys, she was a little boring and just kind of bland. I did enjoy to see her struggle with humanity  but other than that there wasn’t much to enjoy about her personality. I did enjoy the people that surrounded her and it was really interesting to see how morally corrupt the people in her village were.There were a lot of characters that I would’ve liked to seen more of as alys’ interraction with them was really basic and  could have been better because I really liked what I saw.Also the romance was kind of odd and not needed like at all. Stop unnecessary romances 2k17. One thing that kind of irked me was the way PoC were viewed, basically all Pocs were travelers similiar to Romanis and  they were viewed as dirty and gross and while obviously that reflected the views of the more close-minded people, these point of views were never corrected and it was just kind of annoying.








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