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Beasts of Prey

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I will always be a sucker for mythology and magic especially when they are done as well as they were in this novel. The writing, the world, the characters and everything else was so beautiful that I can't wait to read more from Ayana Gray.

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This is my second fantasy read ever I am normally a romance reader. I think I might hyperfixate on this genre if they are anything like what I have read so far. Ayana took great time and detail unfoiling the different stories and the plot. It came together beautifully. It read like a creation story from an African Mythology that I loved. I now have to catch up on the other parts because of the cliff hanger at the end. Thank you net galley for the read.

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This was a wonderful story with beautiful mythology and amazing magic. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. It's written so beautifully.

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Ayana Gray is a mastermind, and “Beasts of Prey” is a beautiful, gripping testament to her inimitable talent.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC.

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Amazing debut and first in a series! The world building is so good, the characters are great, I'm so intrigued by where the story is going. Great fantasy.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the way this story was developed. Gray made you feel for the characters in a way that I did not expect. I found the plot extremely interesting and worthwhile. This was truly a solid young adult novel.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin for access to this e-book. I received it in exchange for an honest review.

This was a good book. If you like rich, detailed stories with rich, complex characters, this is for you. Now, I’ll admit, I had a hard time at first remembering all of the characters because there are quite a few. And we get chapters for them. Which was great because I loved getting to know them.

From the start the story was gripping and I wanted to know more about the world and the magic especially. I’m so used to seeing magic being treated with happiness in most books that for this to not be that way, it was a little fresh for me.

It’s a long read and sometimes the pacing was just a little jumpy for me. I couldn’t really keep going, just sometimes I found myself bored. But when the book picked up I was hooked back in and couldn’t put it down.

It’s the first in a series so if you’re looking for a new one to pick up, I highly recommend this one.

for me it gets 4/5 stars.

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Thank you to netgalley and PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group, Nancy Paulsen Books for allowing me to read this book. Once again Gray knocked it out the park. This was definitely a must read.

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I was excited to read Beasts of Prey but it's not holding my attention. I keep putting it down to read other things so I'm tapping out. I started reading it at the beginning of the month and have only made it to 5% mark.

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I actually enjoyed this much more than I expected to. It is a book that has been on my radar for a while but I never got around to reading. I loved the main characters and the different perspectives. I found the world-building to be very intriguing and immersive. I love all the different magical creatures. It was super easy to get into and understand the politics and magic system. I thought it was fully developed in all aspects, including character arcs and plotting. It’s a fun, quick, easy read that I think most YA fantasy readers would enjoy. It isn’t necessarily anything new or fresh for the genre, it’s fairly standard. But I liked the characters and story world. It’s a very solid YA fantasy book and the writing style is perfect for someone who wants something that isn’t too dense. I don’t think it is a series that I will continue with, but I definitely still recommend it.

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This may just be my new favorite YA story of all time. Ekon and Koffi are such complex and complicated characters that Ayana breathes life into and allows the reader a glimpse into this well-crafted world.

It’s a mix of fantasy, magic, and unique creatures that keep your heart pumping fast as you turn the page to see what happens next. I couldn’t stop reading this one and definitely read it faster than most books.

I love how Ekon and Koffi go from enemies to something slightly more than friends in this as they both struggle with their own identities and so many things that they thought they knew are questioned and challenged in ways that would have most people reeling for days. Yet these two struggle forward and fight through the roadblocks thrown their way.

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A great start to a new YA fantasy trilogy featuring two Black teens. Full of mythos and magic, adventure and a bit of romance too. This is perfect for fans of authors like Liselle Sambury or Tracey Deonn. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early digital copy in exchange for my honest review! I'm looking forward to reading more in this series!

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Beasts of Prey is the first book in this new YA magical fantasy series by Ayana Gray.
This was incredibly well-written. I was captured by this book from page one, pulled into this fascinating fantastical world of Lkossa. Gray’s strong writing and beautiful imagery transported me into an utterly captivating fantasy world.
The character development and depth were amazing.
Both main characters are loveable, real, strong and independent.
Our main characters Koffi, Ekon, and Adiah were very well developed, and the multiple POVs added so much depth to the story.
A spellbinding YA fantasy book trilogy and I can’t wait to start book two Beasts of Ruin!

Thank You NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!

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Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray is a one helluva journey into fantasy, magic, mythological animals, Gods, and Goddesses.

Koffi, Ekon, and Adiah are the three main characters of this story. They are young and have their own demons that they are dealing with. They embark on a quest that I am not going to reveal (could be a spoiler) for their own reasons. There's a twist that completely changes the arc of this book.

The characters are jaded, a little gray, and courageous at the same time. This book is the first book in the series, and the third book will be released soon. I enjoyed this young adult fantasy a lot. The wonderful world of African mythology is just stunning, and I will be reading the second one soon.

Thank you, Penguin Group and Putnam books for this book.

CW: Manipulation, slavery, and some violence.

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Beasts of Prey focuses on Koffi and Ekon who are hunting a Shetani. Koffi to pay her debt at the night circus and Ekon to win favor with the Son of the Six. Even though they work well together, each having different strengths they don’t completely trust each other.

My one real complaint are the Adiah chapters. I kept trying to find a connection to the main characters and by the time I was halfway through the book I was getting frustrated. Thankfully it all makes complete sense but it takes almost the whole book before that reveal.

I like Koffi and Ekon. There were raised completely different but both their experiences leave them wise for their age. Beasts of Prey ends leading right into book two. I did think Beasts of Prey was good overall. Everything came together nicely but I wasn’t dying to find out what happened next.


I received a copy of Beasts of Prey via NetGalley.

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Loved everything about this book from the magic system to the diverse characters. I need to catch up on the rest of the series before the final book comes out.

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Absolutely loved this one. Great world-building, mystery, and storytelling. I guessed one major plot point correctly, but was shocked by the other. Excited to read the other books in this trilogy!

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I thought this was a fascinating young adult read and one that will also be enjoyed by adults. It is full of adventure and has a plot that continues to build. The only negative was that sometimes it built either too long or too slow. Needed the story to move along a bit. But it was such an interesting story I wanted to see how it played out. Enjoyed it!

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Thank you very much Penguin for rereleasing this book onto NetGalley, it never gets old, and was a great opportunity to reread before getting into the newest installment!

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This is a wonderful fantasy, full of magic in a way I've not seen it presented before. The story is told from three points of view, which combine in the end into a wonderful whole.

Koffi is an indentured servant in the Night Zoo, in the city of Lkossa - indentured by, and with, her parents, to pay off her family's debts. Magic is outlawed in Lkossa, so Koffi's mother never really tells her about her magic, much less train her in how to do anything but suppress her gift, until the night everything goes wrong, and Koffi's magic breaks free, destroying much of the Zoo and giving Koffi and her mother the chance to escape.

At the same time, Ekon is approaching the end of his training to become one of the Sons of the Six, a security force based in the temples of the six gods of Lkossa. Like Koffi, Ekon has magic, a magic he knows nothing about, and not even his older brother, already a member of the Sons, can help him with it. In the midst of his trial to become a full Son, the Shetani - a monster that has plagued the area around the city - attacks, and Ekon leaves on a quest to subdue it.

Koffi and Ekon meet in the forest, and an uneasy alliance is formed between them. They need to maintain it long enough to subdue the Shetani, and return to their own lives, but their own pasts and prejudices may prevent it. I can only hope that the sequel - and there had better *be* a sequel - will be a good.

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