Title: The Beast of Callaire
Author: Saruuh Kelsey
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Gay Fiction
Series: The Legend Mirror, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A brand new series starring a feisty, diverse lesbian protagonist, I enjoyed The Beast of Callaire--however, there were some serious worldbuilding issues--I didn't understand it all that well.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
Yasmin is a Manticore, a creature straight out of Persian mythology. Despite being a creature with unstoppable power, she becomes a beast on every full moon, unable to control herself and stem her desire for bloodlust. When she is found by a girl in the woods and begins to hear voices in her head, she wonders just what she is getting herself into, and all the while, finding that maybe love is not so out of reach..
What I enjoyed:
-Yasmin, the feisty main character, who uses sarcasm and anger to deflect and to protect herself--I really liked her and was rooting for her the entire time
-I liked that Yasmin's abilities were unique in the paranormal sense, nothing usual at all
-Yasmin's relationship with her peers, especially Guy and Fray, as the novel went on
-The relationship between Yasmin and Fray--I loved watching their relationship develop
What could've been better:
-I was really confused by the worldbuilding and the mythology of this novel--it was hard to follow and didn't really work for me
-The hunters weren't really relatable to me
-The ending was hard to follow, and unsatisfying
I really think that The Beast of Callaire had some potential, but for some reason it just fell short for me. Next on deck: Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier!