Age Group: YA
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Summary (from Goodreads)
Seventeen year old Dray is no ordinary human. But possessing a magical capability to talk to animals in a land where magic is feared, is dangerous. When Dray's adventure hungry brother leaves the family farm to join a rebel militia, Dray follows him, but as Dray discovers her natural warrior capabilities, and word of her magical talents are discovered by the rebel General, Dray becomes an intricate part of the revolution, and the evil King Nuro would like nothing more than to see her destroyed
I didn't really know what to think when I first started this book. It didn't look like it was going to be my cup of tea and then then main character, Dray runs away and the book completely transforms. I really started to enjoy it. It is a really quick read and by the end of the book a lot happened.
I really liked the girl, Dray. I thought she was a good character and I loved learning about her abilities along with her. It seemed like she really discovered herself throughout the course of the story and she learned to accept herself. I loved the "animal" side to her abilities, but I was a little confused about where her physical abilities stemmed from. The book does not really go into why she is such a natural at fighting and things like that. I thought it came a little too easy to her, but it was really fun to read about her kicking butt!
Her brother, Lurin started to get on my nerves about halfway through the book. I started out a fan of his, because I loved the way he interacted and got along with Dray. But when they got into a fight he turned really immature and never fully got over it That saddened me.
One little thing that bugged me in this book was there was almost no romance or flirting at all in the story. Then, near the end some of the character's liked each other. I thought that it seemed really sudden and I would have liked to see more of a build up toward it, but I did like the pairing.
The beast call gets going to a promising start and then kind of coasts along for a while. Not in a bad way, by any means- things are happening but not at a lightning fast pace. Then, all of a sudden the book exploaded for me! All sorts of cool things were happening. It was like the plot suddenly turned 3D. It reminded me a lot of Wildefire in that regard. (which I thought had some slow parts in the middle and then had a crazy, awesome eventful ending!) I loved the ending, it made the whole book.
Overall, The Beast Call is a good read! I enjoyed it.