Waiting on Wednesday: The Beast is an Animal

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where she spotlights upcoming releases.

This week I am waiting on:
The Beast is an Animal
By: Peternelle van Arsdale
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books


I am always on the lookout for a good debut, and this one looks quite promising. I am particularly drawn to the metaphor of the abandoned children who become inhuman, since I have seen several children be deeply affected by this type of trauma. The journey in search of healing is another theme that interests me. I am looking forward  to this read! 

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.


  1. I feel like I've had this book for the longest time! The downside of Edelweiss is that I won't actually read eARCs until about 1-2 months before pub date. o_o It sounds AMAZING, definitely not passing on the chance to read it. I hope you enjoy this book when you get a chance to read it!

    Have a fabulous week, Paula. :)

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  2. Seeing this one around a lot lately1 Looks rather intriguing! Hope you love it!

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