Depravity: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling
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Sixteen year old Benella is concerned with two things–avoiding the two village boys who torment her and scrounging for food to help feed her family. Unfortunately, the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast.
When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed. Yet, the fate isn’t one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose.
A classic fairy tale with a new twist, the Beauty and the Beast saga begins with Depravity.
Intended for adult readers only due to sexual situations, violence (attempted rape), and moderate language.
Amazing New Twist of a Classic Story
Depravity is a wonderful new twist on the Beauty and Beast classic! Beautifully written M.J. Haag tells her version of this classic story. I love the start and development of the Benella and the Beast relationship. Depravity will captivate you and keep you on your toes as the adventures of Beauty and her Beast begin. I’m very much looking forward to more of the story (Parts 2 & 3 coming soon). You won’t want to miss out on this adventure.
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Mz Haag, but this novel is a huge departure for her, in that it is for adults only and it is dark and sinister. What does this mean? I friggin loved it of course! Benella is everything I love in a MC- flawed but not so deeply as to be appalling, quick witted, adventurous and insatiably curious. She makes you want to take risks and learn about things that scare you, maybe even live dangerously. Depravity retells Beauty and the Beast without the modern error of trying so hard as to be contrived and hollow. There are so many layers to this story, in fact, that its being released in three volumes. So yes, there's a major cliffhanger, but not to worry, we will be rewarded for our patience I'm sure! If you are worried about reading a new version of a beloved fairy tale, fret not- this is a story you will want to return to again and again. If you don't mind adult situations and a bit of language (which obviously I do NOT :) Nothing short of 5 stars!
***Free arc provided though I also bought my own copy, opinions are all mine.***
A Dark and Twisted Fairy Tale
A riveting and compelling departure from Melissa Haag's other works. Once I start one of Melissa's books, I am consumed by her characters and storyline, and this book was no different. I love Depravity and have really enjoyed my two read throughs. The story follows Benella, her father, and her two sisters. The family is poor, and Benella helps to provide food that she hunts for, from an enchanted estate that is nearby. The beast, who guards the estate, desires payment from her for the things she has taken. I was intrigued by Benella; she is sweet, kind, and gracious, yet stubborn, hard working and sometimes blunt. The sisters and the father; I didn't care for so much. The father is kind, but very passive, and the sisters are self-centered, selfish, and spiteful. I felt very angry on Benella's behalf, because of their treatment of her.
Another thing I love about this book is the pace. I was surprised to find that this book is only 186 pages. It reads like a much longer book. There is a lot of material and action packed into the pages (this is just Part 1), but I didn't feel like the storyline was rushed at all. The interaction between Benella and the beast is very gradual.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. This is a much darker and more twisted tale than what Melissa usually delivers, but it is superbly written, as are all her other novels. Thank you, Melissa for another fabulous book!