The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale audiobook

The Beast Is an Animal

By Peternelle van Arsdale
Read by Candace Thaxton

Simon & Schuster Audio
8.81 Hours Unabridged
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A YALSA (YOUNG ADULT LIBRARY SERVICES ASSOCIATION) 2018 AMAZING AUDIOBOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS SELECTION! 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.

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Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2017

A YALSA (YOUNG ADULT LIBRARY SERVICES ASSOCIATION) 2018 AMAZING AUDIOBOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS SELECTION!

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Candace Thaxton’s raspy timbre is perfect for Van Arsdale’s spirited prose. With calm, measured pacing and a mix of brusqueness and warmth, Thaxton’s delivery engages listeners with a complex and unnerving coming-of-age tale…Thaxton’s characterizations expertly reflect the resilience of Alys and her young friends, the casual malevolence of the devout villagers, and the humanity in beings that others regard only as monsters.” AudioFile
“With a fast-moving plot [and] atmospheric flashbacks…this is a swift and compelling read that will be popular with fantasy and retold-fairy tale readers.” Booklist
“Rock-solid setting and a Salem witch trial–like culture ground readers in this slow-moving but psychologically intense fantasy…Van Arsdale sets up her dominoes so that when the first is finally knocked over, subsequent events cascade the story forward in a rush of energy through to the final showdown. Horn Book Guide

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Author

Author Bio: Peternelle van Arsdale

Author Bio: Peternelle van Arsdale

Peternelle van Arsdale is a book editor who never thought she would write a book, until one day she had a glimmer of an idea that became The Beast Is an Animal. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is at work on her next novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 8.81
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English