My Recommended Age Group: YA to Adult
Released: May 20, 2014
Yasmin is a descendant of the Manticore. A creature of Persian mythology. A Legendary.
But she doesn’t want to be. Unlike the Legendaries in The Red, Yasmin wants nothing more than an ordinary life. She tries to fool herself into believing that she doesn’t change into a beast every full moon and savagely kill innocent people.
But when Yasmin starts hearing a voice in her head and is drawn into dreams that aren’t her own, she is led to Fray—a girl who once saved Yasmin from hunters, who has shadowy memories that hint at her having Legendary magic—and Yasmin is catapulted into a life of Majick and malevolence.
Despite the danger around her and Fray, Yasmin might finally have a chance at being a normal girl with a normal girlfriend. But with Legendaries being killed, a war between the Gods brewing, and the beast inside Yasmin becoming stronger each moon, her mundane life is little more than a dream.
Quite the adventure. THE BEAST OF CALLAIRE by Saruuh Kelsey is an entertaining read with enough paranormal elements to keep most readers entertained. Yasmin is a very fun character to follow and Kelsey does a great job of never making her journey too easy nor too difficult. I will say that it's best to read this in a quiet spot without a lot of distractions and it can get quite detailed at times, but that's part of what makes the story so robust.
If the drama and adventure aren't enough to get the reader hooked, the romance between Fray and Yasmin should do just that. A lot of it isn't the in-your-face kind of romance; rather, we get to watch it develop and experience the newness of it along with Yasmin. Kelsey's dialogue and her flowing scenes help to set the story apart and make it something that is truly enjoyable to take part in.
I highly suggest THE BEST OF CALLAIRE if you're looking for a nice relaxing book to sit down with.