Fourth Star for Beastkeeper


The release of Beastkeeper has been something like amazing.

Four starred reviews. Four. that’s like…wow. I have to slap myself a little to make sure I’m not dreaming this.

Many thanks go to my amazing editor at Henry Holt, Noa Wheeler, for giving this book the thought and care in editing that pushed it to this point.

“In this elegant, lyrical, and startling original fairy tale . . . While there are hints of “Beauty and the Beast” here, this is a story all its own, and older fans of fairy tales and their retellings will revel in this poetic, tragic, epic story of a girl who is faced with the worst of what people can choose and instead decides to step outside of the curse and make her own way.”  – BCCB, STARRED REVIEW

“Beastkeeper is a bright, beautiful sliver of a novel . . . Every page shimmers with magic.” – VOYA, STARRED REVIEW

“Blending modern-day problems and ancient magical curses, Hellisen’s novel sparkles like a classic fairy tale, even as it plumbs unpleasant truths.” – Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“This tangled tale of jealousy and revenge retells the classic “Beauty and the Beast” story, but with a twist . . . With lush, descriptive language and complicated familial relationships, this complex story line challenges readers to pay close attention to the details. Hand this middle grade/YA crossover to tweens and teens who enjoy dark fairy-tale retellings.” – School Library Journal

“Hellisen’s narration is thoughtful and lyrical . . . A wild, unique fairy tale.” – Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW