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Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen


Goodreads rating: 3.34

197 pages Hardcover

Published: 3 February 2015

ISBN: 0805099808 (ISBN13: 9780805099805)

My rating: 3.5

A beautifully written contemporary fairy tale, unique and descriptive. Cat Hellisen uses so many beautiful adjectives in this book it makes it so lovely to read. Intense imagery and a wild story of love, revenge and rebellion that I really enjoyed. It was also a nice short read perfect as a quick in-between all the huge series I am currently reading.

The beginning of this book was so difficult for me and I had a small cry for Sarah’s heartache, being a daughter myself who was raised by a single father who I am so grateful for gave me a unique glimpse into Sarah’s mind and made my heart ache for hers. Cat’s writing of emotions rings very true.

Although Sarah is very young I found her quite relatable. She is rebellious and thinks she has the world figured out however naive that may be she is right about a lot of things. When Sarah’s world is turned upside-down by her mother leaving she does the best she can to keep it together but her father appears to be falling apart before her eyes. Sarah is eventually sent to go live with her grandparents who she did not know ever existed. This starts Sarah on a journey to discover her family secrets, but how many secrets can one family have?

This book is fun and colorful with a bitter-sweet ending and a few plot twists. I loved reading this creative and imaginative tale full of curses and beasts.

xoxo until next time



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.



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