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The Year of the Beasts

The year of the beasts by Cecil Castellucci ; illustrated by Nate Powell — The storyline reminded me a little of the cruel sisters who fight jealously over a man; one drowns the other, whose bones and hair are made into a harp by a minstrel who then sings about the tragedy. The Year of the Beasts is only a little less gruesome, and is told in alternating chapters between text and graphic novel. The older sister takes to the woods after the boy she likes starts dating her younger sister, and tension mounts between the sisters throughout the summer. I feel like it would have been more successful if the graphic novel part had been placed at the end (in chronological order) instead of mixed throughout the text.