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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 we 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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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 we 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."

30 review for The Beast Is an Animal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ninoska Goris

    English - Español This book has a simply perfect cover and an interesting synopsis, but the name has little to do with it. The beast almost doesn't appear and it isn't as you think. Our protagonist and narrator for the most part is Alys, when she was seven years old she sees the twins known as the "soul eaters". These girls ate the souls of all the adults of Gwenith the village where she lived, only leaving the children alive and sleeping. These are moved to Defaid the nearest village, but in thi English - Español This book has a simply perfect cover and an interesting synopsis, but the name has little to do with it. The beast almost doesn't appear and it isn't as you think. Our protagonist and narrator for the most part is Alys, when she was seven years old she sees the twins known as the "soul eaters". These girls ate the souls of all the adults of Gwenith the village where she lived, only leaving the children alive and sleeping. These are moved to Defaid the nearest village, but in this village the twins are feared a lot or as they call them "the daughters of the beast" and how these children came from a village destroyed by the soul eaters, consequently these children aren't very well seen and are accepted under strict rules. The Elders, the ones who govern Defaid, decide to build gates around the perimeter of the village and will be watch at nights by the children of Gwenith. Then when Alys is sixteen she sees something that shouldn't and everything changes. The romance, well I didn't like it. Is completely unnecessary for the story and a bit like insta love in an ancient era. I did not believe it. I loved all the characters, even the bad ones because they are well founded. The problem: since it starts is the same and the same and more of the same and gets boring. At the end I was sleeping every several lines and so I finished it. A bit like to the bad. Because of this book, I'm gonna upgrade my rate of Without Merit to three stars. Definetely is better than this. ✨✨✨ Este libro tiene una portada simplemente perfecta y una sinopsis interesante, pero el nombre tiene poco que ver. La bestia casi no aparece y no es como se piensa. Nuestra protagonista y narradora de la mayor parte es Alys, cuando tenía siete años ve a las gemelas conocidas como las "come almas". Estas niñas se comieron las almas de todos los adultos de Gwenith la villa donde vivía, solo dejando vivos y durmiendo a los niños. Estos son trasladados a Defaid la villa más cercana, pero en esta villa se teme mucho a las gemelas o como ellos le dicen "las hijas de la bestia" y como estos niños vinieron de una villa arrasada por las come almas, por consiguiente estos niños no son muy bien vistos y son aceptados bajo reglas estrictas. Los Mayores, que son los que gobiernan Defaid, deciden construir unas rejas en todo el perímetro del pueblo para y que sean vigiladas de noche por los niños de Gwenith. Luego cuando Alys tiene dieciséis ve algo que no debía y todo cambia. Otra cosa que no me gustó es el romance, del todo innecesario para la historia y un poco como insta love en una época antigua. No me lo creí. Me encantaron todos los personajes, incluso los malos porque están bien fundados. El problema: desde que comienza es lo mismo y lo mismo y más de lo mismo y llega a aburrir. Ya al final me estaba durmiendo cada varias líneas y así lo terminé. Un poco como a la mala. Por este libro, voy a subir a tres estrellas al libro Without Merit. Definitivamente es mejor

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    This review can be split in two: the first half and the second half. The first half is a solid 4 stars. The second half is 2 stars. The first half of this book is a claustrophobic, well-written, suspenseful tale of witches in the Middle Ages, with magical realism thrown in. The plotting is a bit slow, but there's a bite of tension in the air. This book really did NAIL dramatic tension. I appreciated the portrayal of how religion can be coopted into hate. This is a recurring theme throughout the b This review can be split in two: the first half and the second half. The first half is a solid 4 stars. The second half is 2 stars. The first half of this book is a claustrophobic, well-written, suspenseful tale of witches in the Middle Ages, with magical realism thrown in. The plotting is a bit slow, but there's a bite of tension in the air. This book really did NAIL dramatic tension. I appreciated the portrayal of how religion can be coopted into hate. This is a recurring theme throughout the book; how religion and self-righteousness lead to destruction. I liked that! I do think the book reached a bit into the “religion is just generally bad” territory, which I didn't love. I found it subtle enough to ignore, though. Alys was a believable, likable heroine in the first half. She's desperately afraid of becoming a monster, and her arc seems to glow with potential. Perhaps this was one of the things that had made her so different all along– that she saw the truth of things. That beauty could sometimes be ugly, and that you didn't always find good and evil where you expected to– or where you'd been told to find them. Unfortunately, quite a lot went downhill in the second half. This book tossed me straight into instalove hell. Cian isn't a bad romantic interest. As a couple, their relationship was perfectly fine and healthy. It would've been fine had Cian only shown up earlier in the book. And had he not overwhelmed the plot towards the end. This should be Alys' story, not Cian's. That's what the book has been since the beginning. I also didn't love how this strayed into the “love cures your bad self esteem” territory. Alys' character arc in the second half revolves around her romance. It's subtle, but it really irked me. When you mix these character worries with a slightly anti-climactic end, I ended up really disappointed. I don't not recommend this, but I'm honestly not sure I'd highly recommend it either. My Blog | My GR Account Pre-Read BR with Solomon, who I'll link to off mobile. This looks like one of those fantasy / suspense combo books. I'M IN.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Gaaaahhhh. This was so good! What did I just read? I'm mystified and intrigued by this story. It has an original fairy tale vibe to it. It was wonderful! ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Publication Date: February 28, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness in this haunting and deeply sati Gaaaahhhh. This was so good! What did I just read? I'm mystified and intrigued by this story. It has an original fairy tale vibe to it. It was wonderful! ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Publication Date: February 28, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: The Beast Is an Animal is one of the strangest and most intriguing books I've read in a long time. It's one of those books that made me think, what in the world did I just read? But in a good way. From the start, I was hooked into the story and there was no stopping until I knew how it ended. I haven't seen a lot of my fellow blogging peers read this one (yet), but I certainly hope that changes, because this book is one for the ages. Alys was seven years old when she saw the soul eaters - the night they found her wandering in the fields, and left her alone. The next morning, every single adult in her village was dead, but all the children were alive and sleeping. Alys and the other children of Gwenith are taken to Defaid, where the Elders allow them to live, but keep them under strict rule. The children of Gwenith are charged with guarding Defaid's new Gate, to watch for the evil soul eaters. Alys has never feared the soul eaters. In fact, she has seen them many times since that night when she was seven - and she has seen the Beast too. The Beast has spoken with her, and warns her that the soul eaters must be stopped. Alys must find a way to stop them before even more people are hurt. This book has a fairy tale vibe to it. This story could fit right in with Grimm's Fairy Tales, or some of the classic, old fairy tales that we all know and love. It has a mystical, creepy atmosphere to it, which a lot of the original fairy tales had. It's not a cutesy, happy story. It's dark and heartbreaking, but there a hopeful tone to it, especially towards the end. The story is written in third-person, limited to Alys's POV, and occasionally, a short narration of the soul eaters' wanderings. Having this story told in third-person was the best way to go about it, because it added to the dark fairy tale vibe. There is a Beast, and there are creepy soul eaters that are never satisfied. I am glad that van Arsdale gave us their backstory as well, to see how they grew to be what they became. I liked Alys a lot, and my heart ached for her during the story. Her parents die, she is taken to an unfamiliar place with rigid rules and cold, harsh people, and she and her Gwenith peers are isolated from each other. Alys and the others live in Defaid for about nine years, and then things change. So about half the story takes place from Alys being seven to Alys being sixteen. This lengthy period of time is so necessary to understanding Alys, and seeing how she grows. She fears a darkness in her, a darkness that she didn't always have. The story was so engrossing and intriguing, and there was no way I was going to put the book down until I was finished. It went by very quickly, especially since I was so hooked. I was alternating between biting my nails and turning pages, because things started to get intense pretty quickly. Life in Defaid is cruel, and life outside of Defaid isn't much better, though it's definitely not worse. When Alys finally leaves Defaid, she finds a little comfort, but she is still trying to understand a darkness that hangs over her head. There is a little romance that gets stronger towards the end of the book! I thought Alys and her boy were adorable together. Cian is so happy and good, and Alys is cautious and hardened from years of folding in on herself and letting no one in. The two of them are complete opposites, and yet they are exactly what each other needs. The romance is in the background and it's very subtle. The pair don't even meet until about halfway into the story, so don't think that the romance is the biggest part of the story (because it isn't). And yet, it's one of the few sweet and hopeful parts of the book. I don't even want to begin to describe what starts to go down in this book, as it gets closer to the end! You'll have to read it to really understand. There are wonderful people and awful people in this story, and there are terrible parts and heartwarming parts. I was really satisfied with the story overall, as well as the character development, the romance, and the ending. The ending wrapped up so perfectly and neatly and I have no complaints about that. What I Did Not Like: I don't think I have anything specific to complain about, really! This one isn't quite a five-star read for me (those are reserved for new favorites), but it's good and I'm very pleased. Would I Recommend It: I highly recommend this book for those who love fantasy, or fairy tales, or retellings, or any of those types of stories that involve a stretch of the imagination. This story belongs among the classic fairy tales, the fantasy stories that you hear about centuries later. It is dark and intriguing, with a somewhat creepy tone to it. And yet, it is hopeful and powerful too. Rating: 4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars. I am very glad that I took a chance on this book, despite knowing nothing about it before reading it. I sort of can't believe it's only van Arsdale's debut - she is such a wonderful writer! I look forward to reading more books by her.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord) Shannak

    THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL has officially been crowned as "Nina's First Five Stars of 2017". Yes, that is a thing. (Or at least, now it is. Shhh.) It's been quite a long time since I've loved a book this much. A very, VERY long time. Really. The last 5 stars I gave before this one was Crooked Kingdom, and I read that in November. IN. NOVEMBER. What is this. This is unacceptable. As you can probably imagine, my relief at finally finding a fabulous book (look at that alliteration. I'M ON A ROLL) worthy of THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL has officially been crowned as "Nina's First Five Stars of 2017". Yes, that is a thing. (Or at least, now it is. Shhh.) It's been quite a long time since I've loved a book this much. A very, VERY long time. Really. The last 5 stars I gave before this one was Crooked Kingdom, and I read that in November. IN. NOVEMBER. What is this. This is unacceptable. As you can probably imagine, my relief at finally finding a fabulous book (look at that alliteration. I'M ON A ROLL) worthy of shoving into friends' faces is enormous. Enormous, I say. I mean, really. How could I not give this all the stars? It's everything I wanted it to be. Everything. More elaboration, you ask? Coming right up. Via a list. That's just how I roll. - The writing style is delightfully poetic. And I simply adore poetic styles. Lines are quotable. Action scenes flow. Descriptions are vivid. Van Arsdale's writing style reminds me of Marie Rutkoski, (and everyone knows how much I love Rutkoski), and that's saying something BIG. If I was the type to highlight lines I like in books, know that THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL would have resembled my college textbooks. -The subject matter is daaark. I mean, soul-eaters? YES PLEASE. (to read about, mind you, not be killed by *shudders*) The synopsis is creepy. The setting is creepy. Even the cover is creepy. I love this, I do. BRING ON THE CREEPINESS, PLEASE. -The pace, though admittedly slow, is captivating. No, this isn't fast-paced. At all. And please, do be aware of this, because if you're expecting epic fight scenes and action sequences, they aint coming. This is not that kind of book. The slow-mo pace builds up the suspense though, so the finale is, indeed, epic. It's a 'wait for it' kind of story. So wait for it. You won't be disappointed. -The atmosphere feels almost like a fairytale. It starts off with the birth of two twin sisters, Angelica and Benedicta, who are -you guessed it- soul eaters. And they scare people. And suck their souls. And continue on their way. I cannot stress how enjoyable their story is. Really, I cannot. WHERE HAS THIS BOOK BEEN ALL MY LIFE? So, all in all? Can you tell how much I loved it? YOU SHOULD. This was amazing. Amazing. Dark and gritty, magical and captivating, THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL will simultaneously thrill you, excite you, and most importantly, SCARE THE HELL OUT OF YOU (I'm here for this last part, and I hope you are too). Thank you, Simon and Schuster, for sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Beast Is an Animal is a young-adult fantasy novel written by Peternelle van Arsdale. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The writing is simple and the theme felt fantastically dark like all of the best fairy-tales are. It was engaging, suspenseful, creepy, scary, unfair, with a setting that felt very historical. I loved the heroine in this book. Her character was surprisingly complex and I felt a great deal for her and her situation. The ending could have been a bit more climactic in my opinion The Beast Is an Animal is a young-adult fantasy novel written by Peternelle van Arsdale. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The writing is simple and the theme felt fantastically dark like all of the best fairy-tales are. It was engaging, suspenseful, creepy, scary, unfair, with a setting that felt very historical. I loved the heroine in this book. Her character was surprisingly complex and I felt a great deal for her and her situation. The ending could have been a bit more climactic in my opinion but overall, an excellent debut novel. Check it out! My favorite quote: "This was happiness. This was what it felt like to be happy. To be grateful for your own skin and bones. To believe you had a place in the world and you were loved completely – all parts of you, light and dark. And to love someone back – completely."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    Using simple but evocative language, Arsdale weaves a dark fairy tale with a heroine and a Beast who are neither as simply good or simply evil as such characters in these stories often are. There's a love story (but not with the Beast--this is not a Beauty and the Beast re-telling), but it doesn't really enter the narrative until close to the end and never devolves into some lurid love triangle or angsty drama. One of the things I enjoyed most about this was the way even the soul eaters were give Using simple but evocative language, Arsdale weaves a dark fairy tale with a heroine and a Beast who are neither as simply good or simply evil as such characters in these stories often are. There's a love story (but not with the Beast--this is not a Beauty and the Beast re-telling), but it doesn't really enter the narrative until close to the end and never devolves into some lurid love triangle or angsty drama. One of the things I enjoyed most about this was the way even the soul eaters were given backstory and made sympathetic. They weren't evil to start with, but were made that way by the assumptions of those around them and the stories that were told about them. This is, ultimately, a story about story and how the tales we tell about ourselves and others shape who we and they become.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I was 100% in on this book. I loved the cover and the synopsis and yet I literally have no idea what I just read. I liked Alys well enough. She's smart and curious and cares for the people around her. There were several other characters, but no one really stood out. The story line was a bit too vague. I spent a good portion of the beginning feeling like I was dropped in the middle of s story. Nothing was explained, yet it seemed like I was already supposed to know the backstory. I'm giving it tw I was 100% in on this book. I loved the cover and the synopsis and yet I literally have no idea what I just read. I liked Alys well enough. She's smart and curious and cares for the people around her. There were several other characters, but no one really stood out. The story line was a bit too vague. I spent a good portion of the beginning feeling like I was dropped in the middle of s story. Nothing was explained, yet it seemed like I was already supposed to know the backstory. I'm giving it two stars because something compelled me to keep reading. It is quite atmospheric and I did enjoy parts of the story, but overall, nothing made sense to me. **Huge thanks to McElderry Books and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**

  8. 4 out of 5

    Luu

    Nečakajte nejaký mega strašidelný horor, z ktorého vám budú vstávať vlasy dupkom. Netvor je zver je niečo ako creepy rozprávka o dobre a zle. Keď má Alys 7 rokov, všetkých dospelých v jej dedine vysajú požieračky duší, Alys a zvyšné deti odídu žiť do susednej osady a dedinčania, ktorí sa ich boja, si z nich urobia nočných strážcov na ohrade okolo dediny. Príbeh potom preskočí o pár rokov na momenty, keď má Alys 12 a 15. Alys sa ale nedokáže stotožniť s ustráchanými dedinčanmi - naopak sa cíti dob Nečakajte nejaký mega strašidelný horor, z ktorého vám budú vstávať vlasy dupkom. Netvor je zver je niečo ako creepy rozprávka o dobre a zle. Keď má Alys 7 rokov, všetkých dospelých v jej dedine vysajú požieračky duší, Alys a zvyšné deti odídu žiť do susednej osady a dedinčania, ktorí sa ich boja, si z nich urobia nočných strážcov na ohrade okolo dediny. Príbeh potom preskočí o pár rokov na momenty, keď má Alys 12 a 15. Alys sa ale nedokáže stotožniť s ustráchanými dedinčanmi - naopak sa cíti dobre v lese (respektíve lesse, lebo autorke prídu zdvojené hlásky strašne cool), ktorého sa celá dedina bojí. A tu prichádza tá rozprávková metafora. Je less zlý? Zrodili by sa v ňom požieračky duší, keby sa ľudia lessa nebáli? Čo ak Netvor, monštrum, ktoré lessu vládne, vlastne nie je tvor... ale niečo iné? Väčšina príbehu tejto knihy sa skrýva medzi riadkami a pri druhom čítaní som ho vnímala úplne inak. Autorka píše tak príjemne poeticky a aj keď väčšinu knihy Alys v podstate len zíza do tmy, úplne z toho sála tá atmosféra zimy a chladu a prechádzky po lese... Jediná moja výhrada je koniec, ktorý mohol byť viac dramatický. Myslím, že to nie je kniha pre každého - nie je akčná ani v duchu toho, čo vo fantasy momentálne vychádza - ale pokiaľ máte radi také pomalé atmosférické chuťovky, smelo do toho. 8/10

  9. 4 out of 5

    Meli

    ¿Premisa? Increíble ¿Narración? Fantástica ¿Ambientación y atmósfera? Impecables ¿Y la trama? ¡¡Doña, vuelva que se olvidó de la trama!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Scrill

    The beast is an animal Hear it scratch upon your door It sucks your soul then licks the bowl And sniffs around for more The beast is an animal It has a pointy chin It eats you while you sleep at night Leaves nothing but your skin! So, first of all, this book doesn’t really have a lot to do with the beast. I mean…it’s in it yes, but I’m not sure why it’s the title subject to be honest. Second of all, it drags on and is sort of boring. As a whole, the story is sort of good, but the pitch was just, ZZZZz The beast is an animal Hear it scratch upon your door It sucks your soul then licks the bowl And sniffs around for more The beast is an animal It has a pointy chin It eats you while you sleep at night Leaves nothing but your skin! So, first of all, this book doesn’t really have a lot to do with the beast. I mean…it’s in it yes, but I’m not sure why it’s the title subject to be honest. Second of all, it drags on and is sort of boring. As a whole, the story is sort of good, but the pitch was just, ZZZZzzzzzz. So this story follows a little girl named Alys. She’s seen the soul eaters and even the beast and feels a connection with them. After the soul eaters ravage her village leaving just children, she and her fellow survivors take refuge in the next town over. There the new village lives in fear of the soul eaters and Alys grows up knowing she is different, that maybe she is just like the soul eaters that killed her parents and have been killing her friends. I liked the idea of this gated up village that the children take refuge in. It really gave me the same vibe that M Night Shyamalan’s “The Village” gave me. All these God fearing people keeping close tabs on people, controlling them, shaming Alys for being different - all the while there’s this monster lurking in the woods that only hurt people when they’re misbehaving. The characters themselves were great too. The problem with the book was just that there was so much time spent creating the world, talking about the characters and building up to this point in the story that ended pretty anti climatically. The whole time we get to hear Alys talk about how she thinks she might be bad, when really she’s just being this good timid little girl. I am not sure what I was expecting really. I was hoping it would at least have something exciting. Unfortunately, the ending was quite like the beginning and middle – drawn out. By the time I finished, I thought to myself, great, finally!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maťa

    4,5/5 Wow! Tak toto bolo niečo! Určite jedno z najväčších prekvapení tohoto roka (príjemná zmena po toľkých sklamaniach). Malo to skvelé postavy, príbeh, ešte lepšiu atmosféru a skrátka to bola krásna temná rozprávka :) Odporúčam.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Miguel

    Remember last year's immensely magnificent, where-did-this-book-come-from Uprooted? I knew from the synopsis alone that it was going to be an fantasy of epic proportions but still I was blown away with how goooood it was. This year's breakout fantasy comes in a more subtle albeit still epic tale called The Beast Is An Animal. The story starts off with a very creepy, myth-like origin story of the soul eaters - who are in the form of orphaned twin girls. And our protagonist, little 7-year old Alys Remember last year's immensely magnificent, where-did-this-book-come-from Uprooted? I knew from the synopsis alone that it was going to be an fantasy of epic proportions but still I was blown away with how goooood it was. This year's breakout fantasy comes in a more subtle albeit still epic tale called The Beast Is An Animal. The story starts off with a very creepy, myth-like origin story of the soul eaters - who are in the form of orphaned twin girls. And our protagonist, little 7-year old Alys encounters them for the first time while she was awake and her whole village was asleep. Long story short, the soul eaters come for the adults and spare the children. And there's another supernatural being - the Beast, which they believe is the ruler of their world. As the story progresses, Alys grows from a child to a teenager and discovers her secret talent that she can tell no one - for fear of being tried as a witch. She also feels connected to the soul eaters and the Beast.  What in the world is Alys? Right off the bat, The Beast Is An Animal earns major points for me for taking the YA Supernatural/Witch genre and twisting it into this original and refreshing tale. I'm quite picky when it comes to anything supernatural/fantasy so kudos to the author for delivering all the goods! Another thing I loved about this book is the simple yet effective storytelling. You know how in most fantasies the author tries to use glittery words to describe places and objects just give it that good 'ole magical vibe? Well, I'm not a fan of that lol. And this book is no purple prose. It was like reading a children's fairytale - only way creepier. And the characters! Man, do I love the cast of characters in this book. Of course, my favourite would have to be Alys. She was absolutely fantastic and I also really geeked out on the part where she uses her secret gift (*wink*). I also quite surprisingly liked the soul eaters. They were creepy antagonists but at the same time they're only humans who were shunned by the world. There's a sense of realism and identification with the characters even though it's set in a fantasy world. tl;dr You should totally read this book before the year ends. It's a must, it's a hit, and it's freaking good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    I read this book early on and am still thinking about it today. I don’t typically read fairy tales or fables or even much YA, but this book by Peternelle van Arsdale made me want to rethink all of that. The Beast Is an Animal opened up a world to me, its world, yes, magnificently, and also a world of thought and of reading options I might not have considered before. The main character Alys feels things and we feel things alongside her. The weather changes, and we experience snow melting, the way I read this book early on and am still thinking about it today. I don’t typically read fairy tales or fables or even much YA, but this book by Peternelle van Arsdale made me want to rethink all of that. The Beast Is an Animal opened up a world to me, its world, yes, magnificently, and also a world of thought and of reading options I might not have considered before. The main character Alys feels things and we feel things alongside her. The weather changes, and we experience snow melting, the way the air feels, and what it’s like for Alys to move through her landscape and her life. The author writes so WELL, with such exquisite precision and ease. It’s not often I feel as swept away as I was by the first few paragraphs of any novel. But this one. This one. READ IT. It’s a slam dunk if you’re looking for something that feels easy to read (a relief, really, because it’s so beautiful) and it’s a sure thing if you want something that offers complexity of thought at the same time. Yikes, I want to say so much more but I don’t want to spoil it for any of you. I'll say this: The novel went beyond a run of the mill story of good versus evil. It made me think about the struggles I used to hear from clients in my therapy office… people wondering aloud, am I good? or bad? or different? The Beast Is an Animal made me consider the ways in which we all wrestle with our selfhood. It made me feel love and grace and curiosity and oh my god is it possible to make someone feel bleakness without making things bleak because the author did that. There’s not a single character in the story written in one dimension. Alys is a character I will come back to in my mind. And her story is one I would read again, this story or another Alys tale if there is one. Someone please tell me there is one. Second Review: When I first read The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale, I wrote a Goodreads review in a flurry of excitement. I wrote passionately and flew through my thoughts and impressions in an effort to capture how thrilled I felt, how impressed, how bowled over. I felt so sure of it, so convinced this beautiful novel would move other readers the way it had moved me, but I knew, too, that a reader should sit with a book, to wait, to see if it sticks, to find out whether it continues to feel meaningful. Time has passed, and I can promise that The Beast Is an Animal holds up over time, significantly so. I’m as excited about it today as I was months ago, having found myself thinking about it and marveling over it long past the original reading. I’ve recommended it to friends, family, strangers, and to young and not so young readers. This book falls into the YA category, but isn’t limited in any way. Readers of any age will be absorbed by it. In The Beast Is an Animal, you’ll find suspense, a dark creepiness, a deep sense of seeking and searching, a feeling of what it’s like to look out at the world and then inside oneself and to fear what you might find. You’ll experience the atmosphere and the landscape through Peternelle van Arsdale’s exquisite writing. You’ll feel it. You’ll luxuriate in it and you’ll notice something worshipful about the experience. Read it and tell me if it feels as beautiful, even holy, to you as it does to me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    *Sigh* The main reason why I didn't enjoy this book was probably because I've been in such a terrible reading slump lately. I didn't like really any of the characters. The romance was literally so cringe worthy and was too fast and just unneeded. This book was creepy and definitely felt like a fairytale. But meh I just really wasn't a fan. I just could not connect with the story at alllllll.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Baker

    I first heard about The Beast is an Animal from a Simon and Schuster newsletter when they announced a reading study they were doing with Jelly Books. All participants could select an eBook from a list of six books. I was torn between this one and The Diabolic. Both sounded intriguing, but this one sounded like it might be more enjoyable and I loved the cover. Now that I've finished the book, I wish I had selected The Diabolic. I loved the story concept and at first the story was engaging, so I t I first heard about The Beast is an Animal from a Simon and Schuster newsletter when they announced a reading study they were doing with Jelly Books. All participants could select an eBook from a list of six books. I was torn between this one and The Diabolic. Both sounded intriguing, but this one sounded like it might be more enjoyable and I loved the cover. Now that I've finished the book, I wish I had selected The Diabolic. I loved the story concept and at first the story was engaging, so I thought I was going to love this novel. The storytelling quickly became incredibly boring to the point where I just didn't care what happened. When I got to the middle of the book, I started skimming it just so I could finish the reading study. I have some better books waiting for me and I just want to get started on them. Here's the Goodreads summary of this book, which you can also read here. 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'm so disappointed. Granted, I should never judge a book by its cover, but look how beautiful that cover is! Doesn't it look like it would be a beautiful and engaging story? Well, it wasn't. The story is just poorly executed. Some people loved this book, but this just wasn't for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Giles

    This is a spooky, gorgeously dark fairy tale that lures you deeper and deeper in, like you're chasing something through its pages. A lot of YA novels are about a girl lost in the forest of her teenage years, and struggling to understand her heart. This one has the courage to suggest that there may be some scary things lurking in there. At the outset of the novel, seven-year-old Alys is mysteriously spared when a pair of not-quite-human, soul-eating twin sisters ravage her town and leave everyone This is a spooky, gorgeously dark fairy tale that lures you deeper and deeper in, like you're chasing something through its pages. A lot of YA novels are about a girl lost in the forest of her teenage years, and struggling to understand her heart. This one has the courage to suggest that there may be some scary things lurking in there. At the outset of the novel, seven-year-old Alys is mysteriously spared when a pair of not-quite-human, soul-eating twin sisters ravage her town and leave everyone else for dead. She suspects the sisters let her live because she's like them somehow and, as she gets older, she is both appalled and intrigued by the possibility. Alys is taken in by the citizens of a nearby town, only to find it's a puritanical place gripped with fear of the soul-eaters and a terrifying figure they call simply The Beast. She is tasked with helping stand guard against the very forces she feels growing inside herself. "The Beast is an Animal" is a surprising, highly original work—much more like Hawthorne than a Disney-fied retelling of some classic fairy tale. Van Arsdale's sentences are elegant and timeless, and her novel gets weirder and more visceral as it goes. You're going to want to follow Alys into the woods.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This eerie little fairytale doesn’t really fall into any sort of category. The writing is unlike anything else in the YA or MG market. The plot depicts blind ignorance of middle aged religion vs witchcraft perfectly and builds up a lot of dramatic tension about the soul eaters. But I wouldn’t say that it feels dark. Told through the eyes of an adolescent, the story has more of a magical coming of age feel to it than a witch hunt. I can’t really express the feeling I had while reading it, but it This eerie little fairytale doesn’t really fall into any sort of category. The writing is unlike anything else in the YA or MG market. The plot depicts blind ignorance of middle aged religion vs witchcraft perfectly and builds up a lot of dramatic tension about the soul eaters. But I wouldn’t say that it feels dark. Told through the eyes of an adolescent, the story has more of a magical coming of age feel to it than a witch hunt. I can’t really express the feeling I had while reading it, but it was damn magic. I ate up this writing and these characters and couldn’t wait to get back. The only thing keeping it from a five star rating is that the ending seemed a bit anti-climatic. I don’t know why this book isn’t talked about more, it deserves so much credit.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}

    Alys, in fact, had never been afraid. Her favorite nursery rhymes were the scary ones. The ones about The Beast sucking out your soul and leaving behind nothing but gristle and skin. Those were the ones Alys liked best. At first, I was terrified to pick up this book. The cover is horrifying in some, unexplainable way, and the nursery rhyme in the beginning gives me the creeps. I don't do well with horror. Hence, why I don't normally read anything having to do with it (besides the rather harml Alys, in fact, had never been afraid. Her favorite nursery rhymes were the scary ones. The ones about The Beast sucking out your soul and leaving behind nothing but gristle and skin. Those were the ones Alys liked best. At first, I was terrified to pick up this book. The cover is horrifying in some, unexplainable way, and the nursery rhyme in the beginning gives me the creeps. I don't do well with horror. Hence, why I don't normally read anything having to do with it (besides the rather harmless Gothic horrors that I ironically love...) However, despite my fear, this story ensnared me. It was so unique, and unlike anything I've ever read. Not to mention, there is so much to take away from this book! (I won't discuss everything here because then my review may end up surpassing the length of the book itself. But I'll discuss a few.) The setting in The Beast Is An Animal isn't really disclosed, other than it taking place in a region/country/continent called Byd. But I couldn't help but feel similarities to the setting of The Scarlet Letter. Not only are the time periods similar, (i.e. clothing, social norms, gender roles, ways of living, etc.) but also the nearly superstitious religiosity that plagued the time period. Instead of piosity being beneficial for the community, it forced hypocrisy onto its followers. As clearly pointed out in both of these books, the devotees were taking part in sinful nature behind closed doors and refused to confess their sins, rather than make them openly known for fear of mankind's judgement, rather than allowing the judging, and mercy, falling to God (referred to as "The Shepard" in this tale.) Despite the so-called strong beliefs, of the elders and High-elder of each community, we quickly see the duplicity of their speech. They believe that the Good Shepard will watch over them, yet, their own fear cripples them. Ultimately, their fear, anger, and worry bring their demise. They're not building a Gate to keep folks out. They're building a Gate to keep folks in. Another incredibly important point this book has to offer, is not to judge people by face value. As our main character, Alys, finds out, people who appear as foe may end up being your friend. Secondly, there is a place for good and bad in everyone. But that doesn't necessarily make them good, or make them bad. Alys: If I'm special at all, it's because there's something terribly wrong with me. For a seven-year-old, Alys is faced with some truly terrible dilemmas. Not only has she lost her family, let alone majority of the town folk of Gwenith, she thinks it may somehow be her doing. On top of that, she is blamed for being responsible behind her back. What seven-year-old is capable of such treachery!? This book shows just how powerful gossip and slander are. Rather than digging down to find out the truth, people prefer speaking about hearsay. Rather than facing their fear of being wrong with their naivety, they amass into group think. I really appreciated the pacing of this story, and how the writing grew and matched Alys' age. The transformation she makes from being a child into a young adult, is, well, devastating. The plight she is forced into when she and the other Gwenith children are taken in by the folk of Defaid is depressing and oppressing. The soul eaters: The obviously ironic, but well-assigned symbolic names of the twins made them all the more interesting. Angelica (meaning "angel" in Latin) and Benedicta (meaning "blessed" in Latin) were so...creepy. A few things I wish I could have known more about: 1) How, exactly, does one become a soul eater? Is it a choice? Are you born with it? 2) Where is Byd, and is there more out there? 3) The Beast: What is It? Where did It come from? Does it symbolize more than what is revealed in the book? 4) How could Alys' make choices in her fate when the others like her seemed unable to do so? Was it merely by choice, or did something truly make her different? Besides these points, I can't help but admit that they aren't necessary to know for this read. They are personal tidbits that I want to know more about. There is a lot the reader can take away from The Beast Is An Animal. Frankly, I think that's what a good book should offer. I would highly recommend this read. 5 stars. You can also view this review on my blog: She's Going Book Crazy

  19. 5 out of 5

    alexis

    ❈ I received this advance reading copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster❈ At this point, I am 100% sure that "it had potential, but..." will be the words on my gravestone because I find myself saying nearly everyday. Unfortunately, here I find myself again uttering that famous phrase. The Beast Is an Animal had a lot of potential: a fairytale-esque setting, mysterious soul eaters, haunts from the forest, and a girl grappling with her dark self, but in the end, it fell completely flat. World bu ❈ I received this advance reading copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster❈ At this point, I am 100% sure that "it had potential, but..." will be the words on my gravestone because I find myself saying nearly everyday. Unfortunately, here I find myself again uttering that famous phrase. The Beast Is an Animal had a lot of potential: a fairytale-esque setting, mysterious soul eaters, haunts from the forest, and a girl grappling with her dark self, but in the end, it fell completely flat. World building is one of the most important parts of a story, and something that I'm especially picky about. The Beast Is an Animal ran into some serious problems with it because there essentially was none, and the parts of the world that existed were incredibly dull. In the story, there is a religion in which people follow "The Good Shepard". The religion itself is like Christianity (I mean look at the terminology) and even includes witch hunts. The followers are all incredibly one dimensional pitchfork holders, and the Elders (capitalized for uniqueness~) are more of your basic witch hunting religious motivated villains who have morality so black and white that they literally. wear. black and white. It was just embarrassing. Since so much of the conflict was stemmed in religious hatred for witches and all things magic, the story was essentially doomed. There were also a couple of references to how brown people weren't approved of in the story by the villagers, but the racism was never expanded on besides offhanded mentions... It was weird. All the characters were cardboard cutouts propped up by the quirky name spellings like "Pawl" and "Alys". Mother was the only character I was mildly interested in, but she really wasn't anything that special. Unfortunately, Alys was a snoozefest. The lack of dialogue and reliance on descriptions really didn't help her development. I was especially disappointed with her because I LOVE the "accept the thing that is giving you shame theme" story arc. It is a way to get easy points with me (and is why this doesn't get shelved into one of my "evil" shelves), so it was really disappointing that I couldn't even enjoy the aspect of the story I should've loved most. Her development and inner conflict was really only in the last part of the story making it feel incredibly rushed and underdeveloped. The added romance with her character also didn't do her any favors. Her conversations with Cian made her development feel faker. The supernatural elements of the story needed a lot of work. Since the world building was so nonexistent, the supernatural elements really suffered. For example, the Beast's (who I really thought would get more than 5 scenes) deal was never explained. All we got was a picture in a book that Alys was looking in and the Elder calling it Evil. Also, the soul eaters had their problems. They themselves were also one dimensional like all the other characters, but it was especially damning because they were supernaturals. Despite being introduced in the beginning, they felt like an afterthought because of the lack of attention and depth they had. There were two things that I actual did like, which were the "I've never seen the sea" trope and the pictures that divided the book's parts... That was about it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Macarena Yannelli

    Este libro tiene una hermosa portada y una ambientación increíble pero el resto del libro es cualquier cosa. Los personajes no evolucionan ni un poco en los años que pasan en el libro y el argumento es inexistente, pero, no es joda, no hay argumento. CERO. Una lastima. Reseña completa proximamente

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yoda

    One of the best books Ive read, I cant believe how engaged I was in this story that barely had any dialogue. Peternelle van Arsdale is incredible at describing scenery and what is happening without the need for dialogue. Absolutely incredible. One of the best books I´ve read, I can´t believe how engaged I was in this story that barely had any dialogue. Peternelle van Arsdale is incredible at describing scenery and what is happening without the need for dialogue. Absolutely incredible.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dany

    hm... Tak konečne pridávam mini recenziu (na blogu bude... no za pár dní snáď :D) Takže... nečakala som toho veľa, lebo síce Slováci knihu milovali, ostatné hodnotenia sú dosť také všelijaké a presne taká bola aj kniha. Všelijaká. Veľmi pomaly sa budoval príbeh a ak mám byť úprimná, tak sa veľa ani nemalo čo budovať, pretože to bol jednoduchý príbeh, ktorý mohol skončiť za pár strán, no celá kniha stojí na tej atmosfére. Do polovice máte pocit, že čítate nejakú creepy rozprávku, v polke sa diali ta hm... Tak konečne pridávam mini recenziu (na blogu bude... no za pár dní snáď :D) Takže... nečakala som toho veľa, lebo síce Slováci knihu milovali, ostatné hodnotenia sú dosť také všelijaké a presne taká bola aj kniha. Všelijaká. Veľmi pomaly sa budoval príbeh a ak mám byť úprimná, tak sa veľa ani nemalo čo budovať, pretože to bol jednoduchý príbeh, ktorý mohol skončiť za pár strán, no celá kniha stojí na tej atmosfére. Do polovice máte pocit, že čítate nejakú creepy rozprávku, v polke sa diali také veci, že som nevedela knihu položiť, jednoducho som musela vedieť, čo sa stane ďalej, ale od toho momentu to potom išlo už len dolu. Ten koniec mi asi pokazil celý dojem z knihy, pretože jednak som poriadne nerozumela, čo sa deje, keďže autorka píše dosť poeticky a viac opisuje pocity a emócie, ako čo sa v skutočnosti deje, a taktiež to bolo rýchle vyriešenie problému. Celkovo od tých skvelých pasáži kniha strácala tú desivú atmosféru, ktorú si vybudovala a to mi bolo veľmi ľúto. Ľúto mi bolo aj toho, že okrem hlavnej hrdinky boli zvyšné postavy také nepodstatné, aspoň ja som mala ten pocit, pretože som o nich nič nevedela a nič som k ním necítila, takže mi bol ich osud ukradnutý. Ale celkovo to nebola zlá kniha. Fakt to má takú atmosféru, ktorú nedokáže vykúzliť len tak hocijaký autor a ani neviem poriadne opísať, aké to bolo. Rozprávkové, desivé, absurdné, temné... A aj napriek tomu, že to nie je kniha plná akcií, autorka píše tak pekne (a to myslím vážne, nemyslím tým, že píše dobre, ale naozaj pekne - Krásne myšlienky, metafory, prirovnania), že vás to dostane. Celé to bolo také surreálne! - presne takýto som z toho mala pocit. Ak teda máte chuť na niečo, čo nečítate len tak bežne, tak určite po knihe siahnite :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ezgi Tülü

    3.5

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beth (YA Books Central)

    Full review to come....absolutely LOVED this book! Beautifully written with phenomenal characters and an enchanting atmosphere.....LOVED it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Bolo to zaujímavé, ale nič, z čoho by som vyslovene padla na zadok. Plus ten koniec mi prišiel taký divný a vedela by som si predstaviť, že to skončí inak...ale inak sa mi to dosť páčilo :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot.... This is a very unique, dark, and twisted tale. This story is so unique and the cover ensnared me. However, it was slow. There is a lot of build up but what stopped me from really enjoying this was that it was slow. But the story is so so unique. If you like dark and twisted tales and can mind the slow like pace, then this book is for you.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    4.5 RTC!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nata

    4,5* Predstavujem vám moju ďalšiu obľúbenú knihu do zbierky. Nemám slov! Bolo to fantastické! Magické! Surové! Kruté! Miestami creepy a ja som si to totálne zamilovala! Od tejto knihy neviete, čo máte očakávať, ale to čo dostanete! Och! Môj ty Bože! Toto je jedna z kníh, ktorú chcete čítať a vlastniť. A nielen kvôli tej nadpozemsky krásnej obálke. A dokonca vám nebudú vadiť hluché miesta a ani ten koniec, ktorý....ani neviem čo sa tam vlastne dialo, tak ma to pohltilo:D Je to mega! Len smelo do to 4,5* Predstavujem vám moju ďalšiu obľúbenú knihu do zbierky. Nemám slov! Bolo to fantastické! Magické! Surové! Kruté! Miestami creepy a ja som si to totálne zamilovala! Od tejto knihy neviete, čo máte očakávať, ale to čo dostanete! Och! Môj ty Bože! Toto je jedna z kníh, ktorú chcete čítať a vlastniť. A nielen kvôli tej nadpozemsky krásnej obálke. A dokonca vám nebudú vadiť hluché miesta a ani ten koniec, ktorý....ani neviem čo sa tam vlastne dialo, tak ma to pohltilo:D Je to mega! Len smelo do toho, nebudete to ľutovať!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jano

    Reseña completa: http://elcaosliterario.blogspot.com/2... A priori es un libro que se aleja bastante de lo que suelo leer. Es un libro de fantasía con una atmósfera mística y espeluznante que encaja con los cuentos de hadas clásicos. Es una historia oscura y desgarradora que me ha sorprendido bastante, es más, creo que es uno de los libros más extraños que he leído. En este libro también hay un romance aunque no es parte fundamental de la historia. Considero que era innecesario y no encaja demasia Reseña completa: http://elcaosliterario.blogspot.com/2... A priori es un libro que se aleja bastante de lo que suelo leer. Es un libro de fantasía con una atmósfera mística y espeluznante que encaja con los cuentos de hadas clásicos. Es una historia oscura y desgarradora que me ha sorprendido bastante, es más, creo que es uno de los libros más extraños que he leído. En este libro también hay un romance aunque no es parte fundamental de la historia. Considero que era innecesario y no encaja demasiado por lo rápido que se sucede. La pluma de la autora es muy buena y con un estilo cuidado. Las descripciones son mágicas y están envueltas en un ritmo lento y cautivador. Lo que más me gustó del libro fue el sentimiento de búsqueda dentro de uno mismo y la superación del miedo a conocerse por temor a lo que puedas encontrar. La autora ha hecho un gran trabajo en ese sentido. El libro lo dividiría en dos partes bastante diferenciadas siendo la primera la que más me gustó. La autora pasó bastante tiempo creando el mundo y perfilando a los personajes y la trama perdió un poco de fuerza en su parte final. En resumen: una historia espeluznante recomendada para aquellos que aman la fantasía y las historias que le permiten dejar volar la imaginación. Bien escrito y con un mundo consistente.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Crystal (that.ending.though)

    While I didn't love this book, I didn't dislike it either. But also didn't particularly LIKE it. I absolutely LOATHE when I feel this way about a book. I honestly rarely read anything unless it's a 4-5 star for me. Yes, I will DNF a book so quick, even if it feels like it will be a 3 star. I just want to spend my time on books I LOVE. I really can't even explain to you why I kept reading this one. I didn't love the writing, it was in 3rd person which makes me feel so disconnected from the characte While I didn't love this book, I didn't dislike it either. But also didn't particularly LIKE it. I absolutely LOATHE when I feel this way about a book. I honestly rarely read anything unless it's a 4-5 star for me. Yes, I will DNF a book so quick, even if it feels like it will be a 3 star. I just want to spend my time on books I LOVE. I really can't even explain to you why I kept reading this one. I didn't love the writing, it was in 3rd person which makes me feel so disconnected from the characters most of the time, I didn't love Alys, and the pacing was slow. YET...I was mesmerized. I can't even explain why. I think I just kept thinking more would happen, but by the last 40 pages it was getting harder and harder to push through. Would I recommend this one? Sure. I really think others will probably really love it, the story IS unique. It's just not my cup of tea. I just wanted more intensity and faster pacing. Thanks to @simonteen for sending me this copy, and this did not effect my rating or review.

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