A YALSA (YOUNG ADULT LIBRARY SERVICES ASSOCIATION) 2018 AMAZING AUDIOBOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS SELECTION! 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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by Peternelle van Arsdale
by Ellen Hopkins
by Mary Beth Keane
by Carrie Arcos
by Christina Schwarz
by Maya Van Wagenen
by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
by Katherine Dunn, Gus Van Sant
"Narrator Candace Thaxton's raspy timbre is perfect for Van Arsdale's spirited prose. With calm, measured pacing and a mix of brusqueness and warmth, Thaxton's delivery engages listeners with a complex and unnerving coming-of-age tale. Alys is a young woman with unusual powers. When all the adults in her home of Gwenith are killed, she makes her way to devout, fearful Defaid. Van Arsdale's compelling story examines superstition and magic, fear and hope, and the unlikely partnerships between strangers in frightening times. Thaxton's characterizations expertly reflect the resilience of Alys and her young friends, the casual malevolence of the devout villagers, and the humanity in beings that others regard only as monsters. Ideal for fans of suspense and folktales. K.S.B. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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