Beastkeeper

Beastkeeper Falling in love means becoming a monster Sarah has always been on the move Her mother hates the cold so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun She s grown up lone

  • Title: Beastkeeper
  • Author: Cat Hellisen
  • ISBN: 9781250073648
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • Falling in love means becoming a monster.Sarah has always been on the move Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun She s grown up lonely and longing for magic She doesn t know that it s magic her parents are running from.When Sarah s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have trFalling in love means becoming a monster.Sarah has always been on the move Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun She s grown up lonely and longing for magic She doesn t know that it s magic her parents are running from.When Sarah s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents people she has never met, didn t even know were still alive.Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.Loosely inspired by Beauty and the Beast, Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen is a haunting, beautiful fantasy tale A wild, unique fairy tale Kirkus Reviews, starred review Sarah is precocious, independent, and strong willed, and the story brims with thought provoking insights and lyrical descriptions for readers to sink into especially those who, like Sarah, dream of finding magic in the mundane Publishers Weekly, starred review Evokes half remembered fairy tales and is slightly reminiscent of works by Neil Gaiman Every page shimmers with magic VOYA

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    640 thoughts on “Beastkeeper”

    1. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.


    2. Cat + Beauty and the Beast + middle grade + unconventional twist? Sold.And Cat says that this is first person female POV. AND THE GIRL IS THE BEAST. :DSo excited!


    3. This was such a surprising book! I was so blown away by the writing style and the plot. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down and I ended up finishing it in a little over 2 hours. This book was so full of magic and I loved how deep rooted in classic fantasy the plot was. Beastkeeper reminded me the books that my mom would read to my sister and I when we were kids. She always read fantasy to us and Beastkeeper is something that would have mesmerized me as a child. Overall, I absolutely [...]


    4. ARC provided by NetgalleyEver since she can remember Sarah and her parents have always moved. Always further and further south as her mother hates the cold. Til the day her mother finally walks away from the family. And something strange begins to happen. Old magic comes out of hiding and her father begins to change slowly, but surely into a wild beast. Before he fully becomes a beast he takes Sarah to the last place she expectede ruins of a crumbling castle where her grandparents live. And the [...]


    5. I suspected I might be in for a treat when I read the dedication page on this book, which mentions the author's two children: "Tanith and Noa." Tanith? You named your KID after Tanith Lee? This book CANNOT be bad!And indeed, it is quite excellent. I wouldn't say it's derivative of, or even particularly similar to Lee's writing, but the aesthetics are all what I love. It's a contemporary fantasy, but it succeeds very well in meshing the timeless beauty of fairy tales with a modern setting. Sarah [...]


    6. Arc provided by Henry Holt & Company through Netgalley Release Date: February 3 rd I had to re-read this story immediately after I had finished it for first time, because with only one read, I honestly did not know what to say.First of all, I loved its first pages: They had that bitter-sweet tone of well done magical realism, and they held so much promise.We get immediately thrown into this family's live, and we can see that something isn't quite right. Besides the obvious that is Page after [...]


    7. As expected from Cat Hellisen, this novel is a beautifully-written, mesmerizing and strange little book that takes familiar concepts and shapes them into new, original and bizarre forms. Beastkeeper is in all likelihood the most original Beauty and the Beast retelling I've ever read, and probably the most honest, too. This novel takes the familiar fairy tale and reshapes it from a story of eternal love and idealistic romance, to one of sacrifice and loss where the human heart is at its rawest an [...]


    8. A lovely middle-grade fairy-tale.Sarah (Sarahbear) is a 12 year old girl who lives in a magical world of boxes and new schools. Her mother Merete has raised her on magical stories and fairy-tales. But one day her mother has decided she is done running from Winter. She is afraid of the curse that she knows has been put upon the family and makes a run for it. Meaning she leaves Sarah and her father Leon. Leon is heartbroken. He can't cope with the sadness and sends Sarah to stay with his mother. S [...]


    9. This is not a review, it's a giftling short story.An adult fairy-tale about Inga and Freya and falling in love. A prequel, if you likethellisen/counter-cu


    10. [I find this difficult to rate, but I'm going to say high 3/low 4]Occasionally, I come across books that I find difficult to review. Whether it's because I don't like them and wanted to, like them too much and don't know how to express it, or am in some weird limbo where I can't even begin to tell you what I liked or didn't like, and why, there are some reviews that just stump me a little.  And sometimes, as I work through what I felt about the book, these reviews can get a little long, and may [...]


    11. For more reviews, gifs, Cover Snark and more, visit A Reader of Fictions.Lately, I’ve been less and less interested in middle grade fiction. It’s been with sadness that I’ve watched a number of YA authors switch to writing middle grades. In fact, I initially thought Beastkeeper was going to be young adult, but alas no. Even so, it was by Cat Hellisen, so fuck yeah I was going to read it anyway. One does not simply skip a Hellisen novel.Reading Beastkeeper was one hundred percent the correc [...]


    12. I love retellings of Beauty and the Beast, but I disliked Beastkeeper. The premise was great: the prince is cursed to turn into a beast as soon as he falls truly in love for the first time. The curse will only be broken when his true love loves him in return. Sounds great. It wasn't. This book felt like a rough draft with a loosely sketched-in plot. Dialogue was sparse, broken by pages of description and self-reflection from our heroine, Sarah, a twelve/thirteen year-old. I didn't like any of th [...]





    13. I thought this was an interesting book because the book was very creative. Like what the story was about was fascinating and I like how it was good through out the whole book. I do wish it ended better because it left me with some questions. Otherwise I think this is a good book . This is what I thought about Beastkeeper.


    14. Magical, beautiful, and bittersweet. A dark, original fairy tale that's not just for kids. Full review to come.


    15. You can read this review and more on my blog, Caught Read Handed. NOTE: I was provided with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Henry Holt and Co. for letting me read this!One freezing cold night, Sarah’s mother leaves her and her father. Her father starts to change – he’s lazy, wild, strange, and yes, his hair is out of control. Beastkeeper is said to be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and it is, but also isn’t. There’s more than one [...]


    16. Are you looking for a wonderful, happy fairy tale? One with a happy ending and all that jazz? Well then, you are in the wrong place! If you thought this would be a cute MG retelling, you are wrong.Beastkeeper is a nice, quick read about a girl, Sarah, longing for magic, but unfortunately she really doesn't know what she's asking for. Once she encounters it through a family curse, one that turns her grandfather, her father, and even herself into a beast if their first love doesn't love them. Afte [...]


    17. 3.4 starsKids in stories are always going where they shouldn’t and discovering hidden treasure and evil plots and unmasking villains.Beastkeeper is a middle grade fairy tale. But it is not childish but utterly magical. This is a rather short story and I read it in a few hours. But this little story has a mood and an atmosphere. This is not your typical beauty and the beast retelling. Moreover, this book is original in it's own way. You will meet enchanted forest full of magic, speaking ravens, [...]


    18. (no spoilers)To be completely honest I actually finished this book yesterday but kept finding myself staring off into the distance and murmuring 'huh' to myself, so I figured I'd wait to write a review. The first 50 or so pages will probably go down in history as the fastest I've ever fallen in love with a writing style and the very IDEA of the novel is so unique. Honestly this book would've been a perfect five stars if not for a few issues:1) Clocking in at under 200 pages, I felt like there wa [...]


    19. I adore this. Like, ah. door. I'm going to be throwing it at my teens' heads when they come into the library like "READ IT. READ IT AND LOVE IT AND LEARN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MAN/WOMAN."These days I feel like I rarely come across authors who genuinely love language, who understand theoretically simple but often tricksy devices that can be abused or over-used, like metaphor, and who treat words with respect, finesse, and care. Cat Hellisen does. She gets it; she has a beautiful relationship with [...]


    20. I got a copy of this book through NetGalley to review. This was an absolutely wonderful retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I loved the writing style, there was wonderful description here and wonderful characters. Sarah has a mother who hates the cold and constantly has their family chasing summer from one location to the next. When Sarah’s mother finally walks out on her and her father, the family is thrown into discord. Sarah’s father becomes more and more unkempt and reclusive and eventual [...]


    21. I don't give many one-star ratings. And I don't say this very often about a book--but this was terrible.Our main character, Sarah, is not particularly likable or believable--within a few pages, she goes from completely normal teenager to being perfectly comfortable with magical forests, talking ravens, and humans-turned-beast--no questions asked. The book reads like she's older than 13, and much of what she says and thinks feels far beyond what a 13-year-old is capable of.I feel like this starte [...]


    22. Actual rating: 3.5 starsAn enjoyable read with twists of both the predictable and the "Wait--what?" variety. For most of the book, it felt like this was a MG book in YA trappings, or maybe the other way around. With a 13 year old protagonist, age actually becomes important towards the end of the book, but for most of it, I kept thinking--she's a bit naive for a YA read, and the writing's a bit advanced for MG. But I definitely enjoyed it. I'm still not sure about how I feel about the ending, inc [...]


    23. You guys, this book. With its fairy tale vibe, it's so very much the kind of story I loved to read when I was in middle school and high school, without seeming dated. It was a solid four stars until the end, and then it just hit the perfect note, somber and hopeful, and I just want to smoosh-hug it forever.


    24. The book was fairly good. The rushed ended rather ruined the story. I love fairy tale retellings. This one was good, up to the last 1/5 of the book.


    25. This book is about curses that Sarah has to break before she turns into a beast. My emotions for this book can’t be described.I enjoyed this book; I give this book a five star because it is about family and rescuing which makes it interesting. Spoiler Alert: Sarah moves in with her grandmother and tries to stop the curses makes this interesting on how she is going to stop the curses reaching to her. I gave this book a five star because through the novel Sarah’s emotions are shown which made [...]


    26. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. And so I am honestly reviewing it.Beastkeeper and I got off on the wrong foot a little bit. It was a bit hard for me to engage in the story because of the main character, Sarah. Luckily, she grows quite a bit by the end of the story but I still have some caveats about liking her. The story is a tale as old as time. (Sorry. Not sorry.) It's a mid-grade retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a few spins on it. Sarah's family has [...]


    27. The other day, a good friend and I were talking about the middle grades we were raised on.To properly describe it, I’d have to draw forward the example of that scene from The Lightning Thief, where Percy sips ambrosia for the first time and finds that it tastes like his mother’s brownies – warm, fresh, soothing. If I ever had the chance to taste test ambrosia for myself, I’m quite sure it’d taste like the books I chose carefully when I was younger: wild, deep-rooted in old folklore and [...]


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