BEE 286 Ayana Gray, Author and Lover of All Things, Monsters, Mythos, & Melanin Magic

Ayana was inspired to write this story after a trip to Ghana to explore her roots as an African-American woman, and she was mesmerized by the people, architecture, and culture there; combined with her love of fantasy novels and with a goal of adding more Black characters and stories to the genre, her debut BEASTS OF PREY was born.


BEASTS OF PREY is a Pan-African inspired fantasy that follows two teenagers who strike a dangerous deal to enter a magical jungle to hunt the mysterious creature that has been menacing their city for 100 years. Everyone knows that any good YA story starts with making a deal, and BEASTS OF PREY does not disappoint. It’s full of monsters, mythos, and #BlackGirlMagic, and once you open it and join the hunt, you won’t be able to put it down.  

Website: Ayana Gray

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