The Beast is an Animal
By Peternelle van Arsdale
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: March 7, 2016
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 mean look at that cover, can I just say Cover Love!!! That alone drew me in to be curious but the synopsis sounds amazing! A dark story for fans who like Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Yes, please!
I am a writer as well as an editor. My first novel, The Beast Is an Animal, will be published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of the Simon & Schuster Children’s Division, in the spring of 2017.