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I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me - by Jamison Shea

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Book Synopsis

There will be blood.

Ace of Spades
meets House of Hollow in this villain origin story.

Laure Mesny is a perfectionist with an axe to grind. Despite being constantly overlooked in the elite and cutthroat world of the Parisian ballet, she will do anything to prove that a Black girl can take center stage. To level the playing field, Laure ventures deep into the depths of the Catacombs and strikes a deal with a pulsating river of blood.

The primordial power Laure gains promises influence and adoration, everything she's dreamed of and worked toward. With retribution on her mind, she surpasses her bitter and privileged peers, leaving broken bodies behind her on her climb to stardom.

But even as undeniable as she is, Laure is not the only monster around. And her vicious desires make her a perfect target for slaughter. As she descends into madness and the mystifying underworld beneath her, she is faced with the ultimate choice: continue to break herself for scraps of validation or succumb to the darkness that wants her exactly as she is--monstrous heart and all. That is, if the god-killer doesn't catch her first.

From debut author Jamison Shea comes I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me, a slow-burn horror that lifts a veil on the institutions that profit on exclusion and the toll of giving everything to a world that will never love you back.

About the Author

Jamison Shea was once a flautist, violist, anthropologist, linguist, choreographer, dancer, professional fire alarm puller, digital producer, and account executive--but they've always been a writer. Born in Buffalo, NY and now surrounded by darkness and gloom in Finland, when Jamison isn't writing horror, they're drinking milk tea and searching for long-forgotten gods in eerie places.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.0 (H) x 6.0 (W) x 1.0 (D)
Weight: 1.0
Suggested Age: 14-18 Years
Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: Horror
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Format: Hardcover
Author: Jamison Shea
Language: English
Street Date: August 29, 2023
TCIN: 88306946
UPC: 9781250909565
Item Number (DPCI): 059-12-2787
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1 inches length x 6 inches width x 9 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews
100% would recommend
2 recommendations

Dark, unsettling horror in the world of ballet

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
lurkykitty - 7 months ago
Laure Mesny is a student at a prestigious ballet school in Paris, relentlessly pushing herself to the point of being bruised and bloody, aiming for a coveted spot as an apprentice in the Paris Ballet Company. No matter how much effort she makes, her fellow students and teachers constantly dismiss her because of her race and upbringing. Worn down by their prejudice and angry about being overlooked and powerless, she makes a bargain with a mysterious being in a bloody river deep in the catacombs. Suddenly she has unprecedented control and influence and becomes unable to resist using her newfound power to advance her career, hurting those who stand in her way. The story follows Laure's transition from being a victim of monstrous treatment to becoming a monster herself. This unique debut horror novel is creepy, unsettling and deliciously dark. The story explores themes of racism, privilege, nepotism, entitlement and power. The setting was atmospheric and vivid, alternating between the beautiful Palais Garnier and the gloomy depths of the Paris catacombs. The writing skillfully weaves fantasy, horror and real-world elements creating a compelling, haunting, tense and exciting story. I could not stop reading and am thrilled to hear there will be a sequel.
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Incredible book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Bookloover - 10 months ago
A truly incredible story about Laure, a ballerina in her own right wanting to prove herself worthy after years of thieving to pay her way through school. Fighting her way through life’s challenges with her best friend until everything changes and she decides to welcome in the darkness, to let it consume her. Offering it her life in exchange for the ability to be noticed in the way her ballet dancing always should have been without question. Laure has to manage her new found power all while trying to control the beast inside her and the things it makes her feel all while struggling with the problems that arise with her new friends through their bond with their own darkness. With a small touch of romance Laure isn’t sure she wants to explore. A truly incredible book with an incredible plot line and even more amazing characters that is gripping and leaves a reader wanting more.
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