Series: Beastly Tales #1
Publisher: Self-Published on June 10, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Fairy Tale, Adult
Pages: Novel Length
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A classic fairy tale with a new twist, the Beauty and the Beast saga begins with Depravity...
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.
At A Glance
I enjoyed the story a lot but it was weird.
I am so conflicted with this book. First off, who doesn’t love a dark Beauty and the Beast retelling? And it was very dark, and very erotic without being full-blown erotica.
Benella lives with her two horrible sisters and indifferent dad in a messed up village full of a-holes. Benella spends the majority of the novel trying to keep her family alive by finding and trading for food. Two village boys torment her constantly and try to get her killed by throwing her into the Beast’s gated courtyard. The Beast always threatens her, sometimes hurts her, but never kills her. Beast grows attached to her but only as a possession to ward off the loneliness. Benella keeps her distance but finds herself being drawn back to the Beast time after time.
Weird, right? Yeah, now you know how I feel. But for some reason I was fascinated the whole damn time. I found it hard to put this book down because I was enthralled by it’s, well, depravity.
I found Benella to be a very strong character though I hated how she let other people ruin her life. Her curiosity was the best part of the book. She goes on a lot of little adventures. She learns about sex, the good and bad of humanity, and what sacrifice really means.
I really loved learning about the Beast’s mansion. Some weird stuff goes on there.
It’s like so much happens and nothing at all happens. It’s weird. We get very little going on with Benella and the Beast. Just bits and pieces. It ends when the good stuff was about to start. This book felt long, it could have gotten the point across in 50 pages.
The Beast is an asshole, the whole time. Almost no redeeming qualities at all. So really, it wasn’t much of a romance because Benella only goes with the Beast because he threatens her like every second they are together.
The majority of the secondary characters were so horrible it just didn’t feel authentic. Can everyone in that village be that evil? Even the father and sisters. The sisters are selfish bitches and the father lets the only daughter that supports the family wonder around for days and almost get raped or killed every two seconds.
The sex was weird. It was either with secondary characters or the beast and a wood nymph. I just wasn’t into it. There is also an attempted rape scene. I am nervous for book 2 because Benella is 16 and I know she is going to have sex with the beast soon. So wrong.
I actually wanted to read the next book but for $3.99, I didn’t think it was worth it, especially since I got this one for free. I am more of a $2.99 and lower ebook kind of girl. Overall, I loved Depravity, but I also hated it. Don’t know what else to say. Maybe try it, maybe don’t.
This quote kind of sums up the book’s weird feel:
“If a man’s energies are pent and not released, he will become volatile, unpredictable. Tension will creep into his body and often stay there even after the energies are eventually released. If you touch a man, no matter how innocent the touch, watch for the signs,” Aryana warned. “Be sure your touch is only releasing tension and not building pent energies.”