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Beasts of Prey – tekijä: Ayana Gray
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Beasts of Prey (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Ayana Gray (Tekijä)

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Jäsen:m.pmoreno
Teoksen nimi:Beasts of Prey
Kirjailijat:Ayana Gray (Tekijä)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (2021), 496 pages
Kokoelmat:Owlcrate, Oma kirjasto, Aion lukea
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näyttää 5/5
Well blended supernatural semi-mythological elements make this a dandy story. In addition to not catching the timeline dichotomy between female characters until more than halfway through the book, I found the twist regarding who was killing civilians to be deftly done. Readers are left satisfied, but hunger for a second book. ( )
  sennebec | Oct 1, 2021 |
The main elements of this book are good; it has a really cool fantasy setting, two interesting, likeable protagonists, and a great premise. Koffi is an indentured beast keeper at the Night Zoo on track to earning her freedom, and Ekon is a step away from becoming a respected warrior, a Son of the Six. They are both thrust into circumstances where they must rely on each other to hunt down the Shentani, a beast notorious for having killed people who venture into the Greater Jungle at night.

My main issue is with the slow plot progression. It takes around half of the book for Koffi and Ekon to get to the jungle. I didn't hate all of the setup that came beforehand, but looking back on it, there are things that happened that didn't feel necessary to the story (for example, the section where Koffi has to steal a map). I can see how it might work better in a trilogy, but as is it was a bit of a slog.

From there, the story does pick up and things happen, but even here I wasn't given the exciting adventure I was anticipating. They meet some dangerous creatures and barely escape with their lives. Koffi eats some mysterious fruit while Ekon tries to tell her it might not be safe. They meet some other sentient, non-murderous creatures and are just... handed answers. Then they find what they're looking for, and soon enough after the book ends. On a cliffhanger, which I was expecting.

I really like the setting and the magic system, splendor, and I'm sure there'll be more of that in the sequels. I also loved Koffi's relationship with her mom, and want to see them reunited. I don't think I'd pick up the next book, though. When I got done with "Beasts of Prey," I thought, That's it?

*I read an ARC copy which I received from BookishFirst
  alliepascal | Sep 28, 2021 |
Started off Strong

After reading the first look and admiring the gorgeous cover, I claimed a review copy. The initial chapters pulled me into this magical world filled with strange and exciting flora and fauna. I enjoyed Koffi's love of family and friends, her natural abilities to care for the night zoo creatures, as well as her stubbornness.

The jungle setting was my favorite part of this book. The author painted the world on the pages and I felt as if I was traveling along with the characters. The author also tossed in some surprising twists that kept me reading, despite the too slow of pacing/feeling as if the book was treading place or going in circles.

The ending sets this book up to be the first of a duology or series, but after finishing reading, I probably won't read the next book because the characters weren't as well rounded as I'd hoped--they seemed to accept new information/ideas without question and always got out of binds by what seemed to be solutions they didn't have to work for. Also, the addition of Adiah's point of view chapters slowed the pacing down because these chapters were too few, far apart, and left me more confused. If these chapters would have been left out, the book would have been stronger for me.

Overall, this was a quick read despite the length and I have no regrets choosing this book to read and review. ( )
  DanielleHammelef | Sep 28, 2021 |
This was a typical YA fantasy to me, with a pretty predictable plot and your average teenage characters that don't quite fit in. However, I did enjoy the book and the Pan-African influence, which was definitely a chance of pace from the medieval-Europe influence a majority of fantasy stems from.

I liked the multi-POV and the fact that we're dealing with beasts in a zoo. It was a unique idea that just fell a little short of mind-blowing. I'm a sucker for enemies to lovers romance so Koffi's and Ekon's derision towards each other was both endearing and frustrating. However, they slowly open up and start liking each other and I wanted to transport myself into the story if only to "accidentally" bump into one of them and shove them into the other.

One thing I wished was developed more was the Great Jungle. It felt so rich, but we only got to see a few glimpses of it. I want a full-blown history lesson and complete magical knowledge.

Overall, this was a pretty good read I don't think you'll regret buying. ( )
  taylorkillpack | Aug 30, 2021 |
Thank you to G.P. Putnam and BookishFirst for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Prey is an amazing #ownvoices African-inspired fantasy that will appeal to fans of The Gilded Ones and Children of Blood and Bone. The story revolves around two black teenagers. Koffi is an indentured servant at the Night Zoo, where she communicates with and cares for the animals. Ekon is a candidate to become a Son of the Six, an elite warrior. They're both stuck in bad situations when they decide to team up to track down the Shetani, a mythical creature, in the dense jungle. Will they succeed in tracking down the elusive beast? Will hunting the beast provide the relief that they're seeking? And what other dangers wait for them in the jungle?

Here is an excerpt from the Prologue:

"Baba says only wicked things happen after midnight, but I know
better.
I hold my breath, relieved the front door doesn’t creak as I
nudge it open and relish the evening breeze on my skin. This late
its scent is distinct, a sharp blend of ozone and pine. I glance over
my shoulder. In the next room, my parents are fast asleep; Mama’s
snores are gentle, my father’s thunderous. It’s easy to envision them,
two brown bodies curled against each other under a threadbare
blanket, both worn out from a hard day’s work in the harvesting
fields. I don’t want to wake them. Perhaps in the repose of their
dreams, their daughter is different, a responsible girl instead of one
who sneaks out. Sometimes, I wish I was that responsible girl. I
hesitate a second longer before slipping into the embrace of night."

Overall, Beasts of Prey is a thrilling YA fantasy read that is inspired by African fantasy and myths. There are some seriously creepy creatures in the book that made me want to stop reading at nighttime, because I didn't want to get nightmares. The author, who is African American, wrote a very interesting afterword that explains from where she got her inspiration and some of the choices she made while writing as someone who is somewhat disconnected from the country or countries of her ancestors. I found this part fascinating. Although I enjoyed the book overall, I did take off one star because the plot felt too straightforward and middle-grade-ish. There were a few surprises near the end, but they were mostly predictable. If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, I highly recommend checking out this book when it comes out in September! ( )
  LaytonBooks | Aug 22, 2021 |
näyttää 5/5
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