Beasts of Ruin (Beasts of Prey #2)

Ayana Gray

YA Fantasy

In this much anticipated follow up to New York Times bestselling Beasts of Prey, Koffi’s powers grow stronger and Ekon’s secrets turn darker as they face the god of death.

Koffi has saved her city and the boy she loves, but at a terrible price. Now a servant to the cunning god of death, she must use her newfound power to further his continental conquest, or risk the safety of her home and loved ones. As she reluctantly learns to survive amidst unexpected friends and foes, she will also have to choose between the life—and love—she once had, or the one she could have, if she truly embraces her dangerous gifts.

Cast out from the only home he’s ever known, Ekon is forced to strike new and unconventional alliances to find and rescue Koffi before it’s too late. But as he gets closer to the realm of death each day, so too does he draw nearer to a terrible truth—one that could cost everything.

Koffi and Ekon—separated by land, sea, and gods—will have to risk everything to reunite again. But the longer they’re kept apart, the more each of their loyalties are tested. Soon, both may have to reckon with changing hearts—and maybe, changing destinies.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion 

2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5) To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. Sigh. Book 1 was a favorite last year but this one just didn’t live up to it. I quickly lost interest in the very slow pace. 

What I loved in book one was the adventure in the jungle with Koffi and Ekon. In this book, there was no jungle-like experience which is fine but what replaced it was minimal in time and not as interesting. Another aspect I didn’t like was that Koffi and Ekon weren’t even together until the last 10% or so. 

I definitely needed a small refresh of book one because it took me quite a while to find a groove in this one. I had a hard time remembering characters and the full story. Each chapter left on a small cliffhanger and jumped back and forth between POV. It took me a bit to remember each part of the story after the POV change. More than anything, I could put this down for days, even weeks and it did not pull to me. 

And without giving too much away, Why didn’t Koffi go after Zola when she went in the mistwood? I am so confused.

General content summary: no language, a young woman is hung by her braids (tearing sound heard), a young woman is taken, physical violence (multiple), scorpion sting, prejudice/treating certain group of people as lesser, theft, creatures attack and eat people, “contorted” corpses (no details), near drowning, alcohol (teens, multiple), teens smoking drugs, whipping of young boy, as punishment a large creature is set to chase and kill (2x), m/m marriage, m/f sleep in same bed (no intimacy), kisses, previous physical child abuse, children were previously taken from families, stabbings. 

Thank you to Penguin Teen for the gifted copy!

The book releases July 26, 2022.

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