The perfect combination of timeless fairy tale qualities and the austerity and fear mongering ways of the Puritans this book explores the dark natures of human beings. When twins Benedicta and Angelica are banished from their village they are irrevocably changed as are the lives of those that banished them. This book deftly explores the public and private faces that each of us possess, how our assumptions and beliefs color the way we see the world, and the ways in which responding in fear can create the exact things that we fear. Thoroughly creepy and unexpectedly deep this book should definitely be on your list of things to read. — From Kaitlyn's Picks
A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness in this "achingly poetic" (Kirkus Reviews) and deeply satisfying tale. Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters. These soul eaters are twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly grew into something not quite human. And they feed off of human souls. When her village was attacked, Alys was spared and sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where fear of the soul eaters--and of the Beast they believe guides them--rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think he 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.