A copy of this novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Saruuh Kelsey is becoming one of my favourite indie authors. I absolutely love the tone of her novels, as well as the characters, and the plots. As soon as I started The Beast of Callaire, I was sucked in. I liked it from the moment it began.
Yasmin isn’t your run of the mill paranormal novel heroine. She’s not ready and willing to take on the world at the slightest push. She’s not the bravest or strongest in all the land (as heroines often are). She’s just pretty normal. Yasmin is afraid of things, and she sometimes wants to run. Just like anyone would in her situation.
But her strength, however, is Fray. How much she cares for the other girl is heart-warming. Her protectiveness and attraction to her are all squishy, if that makes sense. You know when something is so cute and adorable that it’s squishy? Yasmin and Fray are squishy.
One thing I really liked about The Beast of Callaire was the flow. The chapters and the sections within the chapters are quite short, but they’re short in that they are succinct. There aren’t 100 pages of lead up to an event, and then another 100 pages of the main characters working through the aftermath of the event. The progression of time through The Beast of Callaire is really believable, and I liked it very much.
The one downfall I think was the names. There are a lot of terms thrown around in the novel, and sometimes it was hard keeping track of who was who and what was what. I think perhaps a glossary in the front or the back of the novel could really help the reader understand what the characters are talking about when they mention these terms, and what the difference is, for example, between Numen and Numina.
I devoured this book because of the easy way that Saruuh has with words. She weaves an incredibly interesting story and definitely leaves you wanting for more. I know I am waiting for the second book in The Legend Mirror series!
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