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 Alys was the only one to see the soul eaters when they came to her village. The others were sleeping. They never woke up... Now, an orphan, Alys knows the full danger of the soul eaters. She's heard the nursery rhymes the chidren sing about the twin sisters who feed on souls. She's seen people disappear into the fforest and never come back. So why, then, does she find herself mysteriously drawn to the fforest? Is she what everyone around her says she is? A witch? Alys soon finds herself on a journey that will take her to the very heart of the fforest. There she must decide where true evil lies. And face the thing they call ...The Beast.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What an interesting, beautifully written story.
I mean, this book was gripping from the beginning. Peternelle is a wonderful writer and really knows how to grab the reader in from the beginning.
I was so captivated by the story of the twins, the soul eaters. I wanted to know what was happening and why. Alys was only 7 when the soul eaters came to her village. The twins are something not quite human. Abandoned by their father when they where younger and, that changed them and now, they devour human souls.
Alys and other children where moved to another village and where taught rhymes about the soul eaters and the beast they believe guards them. But, is the beast really what people think it is?
Alys grows from a child to a teenager with a secret. She yearns to be in the forest. But, something happens and Alys must go on a journey to fix everything and possibly figure herself out. But, when she has to travel to the darkest parts, will it all become clear?
I just really enjoyed this story. It reminds me of a dark fairytale. It had me intrigued and I just couldn't stop reading it until I had finished. It was wonderful, beautiful and so much more. I can't recommend this book enough. It is a great read for Halloween and it is one of those books that you don't know what is going to happen or what is going on but, you need to carry on reading to figure it out. I'm so sad it's over but, I can't wait to re-read this wonderful, haunting book.