The Beast of Callaire

The Beast of Callaire Welcome to Callaire a town of shifters magic and secrets Yasmin is the daughter of a goddess and a mythical creature As a Legendary she has telepathic power and the ability to change forms every f

  • Title: The Beast of Callaire
  • Author: Saruuh Kelsey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Welcome to Callaire, a town of shifters, magic, and secrets Yasmin is the daughter of a goddess and a mythical creature As a Legendary, she has telepathic power and the ability to change forms every full moon In her opinion, that s curse than gift When a voice cries out to Yasmin in her head, and she s drawn into dreams that aren t her own, she s led to Fray a gWelcome to Callaire, a town of shifters, magic, and secrets Yasmin is the daughter of a goddess and a mythical creature As a Legendary, she has telepathic power and the ability to change forms every full moon In her opinion, that s curse than gift When a voice cries out to Yasmin in her head, and she s drawn into dreams that aren t her own, she s led to Fray a girl who once saved Yasmin from hunters In Fray s dreams she has power no human should ever have Legendary power When Fray s magic catches the attention of a violent and invincible creature, both Yasmin s mythical world and Fray s human one will be changed forever A Gods war is brewing, and Yasmin and Fray are at the heart of it.

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    1. The Beast of Callaire was a short, quick, and enjoyable read. We follow around a group of shapeshifters with divine powers, who actually have different names, but since I still hadn't gotten the hang of all the correct terms by the end of the book, I'm just going to call them shapeshifters. The world-building was quite nice, although a little complicated -- there was even a brief summary at the beginning of the book, explaining every type. I think the fact that you even have to add a summary, pr [...]

    2. 4.5How could you end it like that?! I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW.This has gods, mythology, crea (like manticores and other mythological creatures, they change during the full moon but it's not from a bite, it's inherited through ancestry), danger, action and a romance I ship so hard between the lesbian woc mc (that's also a manticore! and her mother is Venus, the Goddess) and a bisexual human girl who is awesome! They both are! The mc also has a trans boy for a friend. ALL OF IT is used ON THE PAGE. [...]

    3. This book took a long time to get moving, but when it did, it was amazing. The magic system is new and imaginative, the characters diverse and interesting. The relationship between Yasmin and Fray progressed very realistically, with the uncertainties and bumps you’d expect of a romance, especially where both people aren’t sure what secrets to share. It doesn’t dominate the plot, which is well-balanced between Yasmin’s own issues and the growing danger facing the Legendaries. With an intr [...]

    4. The Beast of Callaire is a LGBT YA novel about a Persian mythlogical were-manticore girl named Yasmin who is such a huge loner because she wants to be seperate from the world that she belongs that's filled with magic and mythology.It took me awhile to connect to Yasmin because I didn't really understand her motives for being the way she was, I thought she was a bit of an ingrate to be honest but that's neither here nor there. I blame that on the fact that I'm now a cranky adult who now has the g [...]

    5. Two stars for the diversity - lesbian woc mc, bisexual love interest, and a trans boy. All words are used, which is more than I can say for most books. Sadly, this didn't even feel like a real book. The mythology was either too dense for me to understand or just not explained well or both. I don't know which. There were no transitions in the story - we were at one place, then at another. I wish I liked this more, especially since I thought Yasmin and Fray were cute, but then they literally fell [...]

    6. First of all, I would recommend this book to anyone based purely on the diversity of the characters. Up until I read this, I think I'd only ever read one book with a black protagonist and one with a gay protagonist. The Beast of Callaire has a black protagonist who is also a lesbian and features a relationship between her and a bisexual girl. THEN there are also ethnic side characters as well as a transgender character! This book alone has more diversity than the majority of the YA genre put tog [...]

    7. This book is now FREE on B&N, iBooks, Smashwords etc. so if you've been waiting to read it, get it now! The sequel comes out in 11 days so it's the perfect timernesandnoble/w/the-b…itunesle/…/the-beast-…smashwords/books/view

    8. The Beast of Callaire is an interesting mix of many things. Yasmin is Anglo-African, living in Yorkshire, she's a lesbian, and the daughter of the goddess Venus and a Manticor. She's also the last Manticor and the only one of her kind who is both Crea and Dei, meaning she has two types of magic: her ability to shift and telepathy. Yasmin just wants to be normal, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen any time soon, especially since she can't control her beast and has human hunters after [...]

    9. A copy of this novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.Saruuh Kelsey is becoming one of my favourite indie authors. I absolutely love the tone of her novels, as well as the characters, and the plots. As soon as I started The Beast of Callaire, I was sucked in. I liked it from the moment it began.Yasmin isn’t your run of the mill paranormal novel heroine. She’s not ready and willing to take on the world at the slightest push. She’s not the bravest or strongest in a [...]

    10. The Beast of Callaire surprised me. I forgot the synopsis before starting it and I went into it thinking it would be a cheap wlw werewolf book. It wasn't. The characters in this novel are are mythical creatures of some kind, found in myths and legends from all around the world. It's kind of a "if-all-the-stories-were-true" book. The cast of characters is diverse, and it was so refreshing to see diversity without the stereotypes for each group. The characters had real, human qualities to them tha [...]

    11. I think the actual rating would be 4.5/5, but I rounded up as there are no half-star options. I was enthralled by this book. It had its confusing points: as other reviewers have mentioned, the names and mythology surrounding Yasmin and her fellow Legendaries could get hard to follow at times, but the plot was enticing, and the characters were vivid in themselves and in their interactions with one another. There were several times when I found myself grinning maniacally at the book (when Vic intr [...]

    12. It was a fun read and I hope there's going to be a sequel because I need to know all the things.I really liked how diverse the characters were and I hope we'll see more of Yasmin's friends. The mythology and origins of the supernatural beings sounded well-thought-out to me. It's probably easier to read it in one go since the first half is a bit cluttered with all the different plot lines but the writing itself has a good flow and is entertaining. (Also the characters are giant dorks when they're [...]

    13. This book was awesome the only thing that could have made this book better was if it was longer. I enjoyed the characters big time. Iran I don't think that I have ever read a YA novel where the main character was black. On top of that she was a lesbian dating a bisexual and friends with a transgender boy. The other characters were other races as well, and I loved this. Though part of the book is a romance novel,this is definitely not the focus, which is that someone is going around stealing othe [...]

    14. An enjoyable YA fantasy with an interesting premise, where Majick-wielding Legendaries are the descendants of gods and mythical beasts, trying to keep their powers hidden from the mainstream human world. Yasmin is one such, the daughter of Venus and a Manticore, who changes into her beast form once a month. Major credit for diversity: there's a central lesbian romance, ethnic diversity, and a transgender secondary character. The only thing that lets it down is the abruptness of the ending: this [...]

    15. Great readLoved the fantasy elements and the relationship build-up. Perfect afternoon book to curl up with. If you've been looking for a mythology based f/f romance, this is it.

    16. This grabbed me almost immediately. Then, it abruptly dropped me panting for more at the end when I realized, "There's no sequel, yet."

    17. (Find the original review at Jellyfish Reads.)**Thanks to the author Saruuh Kelsey for providing me with a free review copy! This in no way affects my opinion of the book.**Actual rating: one and a half starsI really, really wanted to like this book. My first thought upon seeing this book somewhere on the Internet was, "A PoC on the cover!" Then I read the blurb. Yay, the female MC likes girls! I thought it sounded pretty awesome, although I was a little sceptical about the word Majick. I still [...]

    18. "I have too many identities, too many puzzle pieces to fit into one person. I have all the makings of a Pure- the Anglo-African heritage of my father, the quick temper of my mother, the kindness of Mavers- but I have Dei qualities- my Majick- and Crea qualities- my curse of Changing- and somewhere amongst is what the Manticore means- to be a mindless animal with the desire only to kill and tear flesh. How am I supposed to resolve that into one person, one Yasmin?"I feel like this quote summarize [...]

    19. This was a really great read. It had amazing (if a bit complicated) world building + intriguing plot, a nice and diverse cast of characters and a sweet slowburn romance. I easily read it in one sitting.Yasmin is a great main character, she has a little more power than she knows what to do with, is a bit of a outcast even with her own kind, has a tense relationship with her brother and her friend keeps having less than great reading of her future. The poor girl just wants to go to work and be nor [...]

    20. It took me more than a month to finish this book. I really couldn't get into the world created by the author, sigh!I bought it because it was dealing with a sort of were-girl falling in love with a human (??) girl. Yasmin can actually transform into a Manticore, a creature from the Persian mythology. But there's no description of what it really means to be a Manticore for the poor girl. All she says is that she feels the beast inside her. Duh!I also didn't like the world-building. I wasn't the s [...]

    21. I wanted to like this book way more than I did but I'll take it foot what it is. I liked how the author set up the world of the shifters. I actually not sure what they'd be considered but I found the lore around them interesting. Yasmin and Fray make a great couple. I loved seeing some bisexual representation with Fray. It's not often you see that in YA fiction. Is either gay or straight. This book was free on , and unfortunately the other books are not. I did enjoy this one but not enough to bu [...]

    22. Definitely funI really enjoyed the book. Definitely young adult fantasy, complete with mythical creatures, mystery, and romance. I would totally recommend this book.

    23. I absolutely loved this book. The characters and the world are amazing. I also love the racial diversity and the lgbt representation. I can't wait to read the next book and see what happens.

    24. Real rating- 3.5 stars.This book isn't horrible. It didn't make me want to stop reading at any point, mainly because I was curious about the world. However, not much happens in it. Sure, we meet some people, Yasmin gets a girlfriend, but the main portion of the book feels disjointed. The author is obviously trying to build tension, but it falls flat as not enough attention is payed to these moments. The final battle, about 90% through the book, picks up a little, but it's told in such a matter-o [...]

    25. Can I have more if I ask really nicely, adding some begging there?I'm not sure if I'm coherent enough to say anything intelligent about The Beast of Callaire - even though I finished it yesterday. I'll try and start with things that made me want to read it. Firstly, it's Saruuh Kelsey and even though it was enough for me it wasn't the only reason. The diversity in this book is truly amazing: lesbian main character who's dark skinned and yes, there was even transgendered person. Kelsey truly did [...]

    26. The Beast of Callaire throws you into the hidden world of myth and magic in modern day England from the perspective of Yasmin, a young, independent Manticore. Once a month she and others like her transform into creatures of legend and roam the woods near the Red Academy, where Yasmin once lived with others like her.Written in first person, The Beast requires patience and persistence from readers, as the narrator knows a great deal about her world that she is reluctant to share or do more than hi [...]

    27. First off, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who's looking for a supernatural book with a lesbian black girl main character. It's also free on amazon so if you don't like it, no money wasted.This is a 4.5 for me. I'll definitely be continuing the series. It was awesome to read a book about a black girl that's a lesbian. Yasmin was definitely very real. Her fears and doubts were all understandable. I do feel like she didn't really try that much to fight off falling for Fray consid [...]

    28. I was expecting not to love this book from the beginning, but I wanted to be proven wrong.My biggest problem with The Beast of Callaire was the world-building. Even with a guide, it was extremely confusing, but it ended up feeling like a simple, non-threatening world. While a world like this one should have been complex, it ended up taking the backseat when the romance was introduced.That's my other problem with this book–the dialogues and interactions (particularly between Yasmin and Fray) fe [...]

    29. Distracted by "Persian mythology" and not reading the full description of this on Netgalley (a mistake that will never occur again), I did not realize that this was LGBT. So even though I feel so foolish for not paying closer attention, I'll be giving this one a pass.And the writing didn't impress me, what little I did read.

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