THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL
Peternelle van Arsdale
Releases March 2017 from Margaret K. McElderry Books
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.
This feels a little bit like the movie The Village, and that in and of itself makes it intriguing. Any society that has strict rules like this fascinates me because I want nothing more than to ask why those rules are in place find out what happens if one of them is broken. Curiosity killed the cat and all that ;-) It sounds like Alys might buck the rigid system of her village a bit, and I know I'll be right there with her trying to figure out what's going on with the soul eaters and the Beast. Also, the title has me asking a rather obvious question: Is the Beast an animal? Or something else? I NEED TO KNOW!
*shakes fist at March for being so far away*