Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
Sarah has lived many places, so home is anywhere with her parents. But her stable life is shattered when her mother leaves Sarah and her father. To add to Sarah's confusion, her father announces that she will be staying with her grandparents--people Sarah didn't even know were alive. After a long journey, Sarah arrives at her grandparents home, a decrepit stone tower deep inside a foreboding forest. Her grandmother is a crotchety old woman and her grandfather...well, he is a large beast locked up in the back shed. From this startling revelation, Sarah learns that there are deep curses ruling their lineage. If Sarah wants to salvage any part of her family, she must find a way to resolve the curses before they envelop her as well.
Beastkeeper is an enchantingly dark fairytale written with a modern twist. Like many girls, Sarah wants the romanticized version of magic in her life. She even imagines certain places and things have mystical qualities. But when she is thrust into an environment reeking of magic, it's not the "Disney" world she dreamed it to be. It's a harsh place where happiness and light struggle to survive. And where love is, curses follow. The only thing that helps Sarah handle her cursed surroundings is her loving memories of her parents. That drives her to find a cure and fight for her own happily-ever-after. A beautifully written novel great for ages 13 and up.