Book Review: The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci

The Year of the BeastsThe Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci

Hardcover, 192 pages
Expected publication: May 22nd 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
Review Copy: NetGalley
Pre-Order: Amazon Barnes & Noble
Description from Goodreads:
Every summer the trucks roll in, bringing the carnival and its infinite possibilities to town. This year Tessa and her younger sister Lulu are un-chaperoned and want to be first in line to experience the rides, the food . . . and the boys. Except this summer, jealousy will invade their relationship for the first time, setting in motion a course of events that can only end in tragedy, putting everyone’s love and friendship to the test.  Alternating chapters of prose and comics are interwoven in this extraordinary novel that will break your heart and crack it wide open at the same time.
My Review:

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Year of the Beasts” was not what I expected. At all. However, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Let me start by saying this: Did you happen to catch that little bit in the description that says that this book “will break your heart and crack it wide open at the same time”? ‘Cause it will. It most definitely will.

“Year of the Beasts” is a book that alternates between traditional prose and fantastic illustrations. What I liked most about this novel is that there isn’t a big plot twist near the end. In fact, Castellucci lays out the ending early on in the story. It’s right there, staring you in the face. But even though you know what is coming, it doesn’t lessen the emotional punch of what happens between Lulu and Tessa. Watching their relationship fall apart and then watching as Tessa begins to drown in her sorrow…it’ll definitely break your heart. My only complaint is that I think it could’ve been developed a bit more.

If you’re looking for a quick and truly unique read, then definitely make it a point to check out “Year of the Beasts”.

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