Originally posted on Nicole's YA Book Haven:
Reviewed on April 6th, 2012:
"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".