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Review – Depravity by M.J. Haag

Review – Depravity by M.J. HaagDepravity (Beastly Tales, #1) by M.J. Haag
Series: Beastly Tales #1
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on June 10th 2015
Genres: Retelling, Romance
Pages: 176
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


**ADULT ROMANCE**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.
Note: Intended for mature readers due to sexual situations, violence (attempted rape), and moderate language.

Benella forages for her families food. She has her two sisters and a father to fend for. Benella often finds what she needs at the mysterious enchanted estate where she knows not to go in. With two tormenters in the town, they lock her in the estate and Benella is sure the beast is going to do away with her. Instead, he bargains for her freedom and she starts going to the estate often. The beast wants her to stay but Benella is not so inclined.  Will the beast be able to bargain for Benella’s freedom?

In ” an Oyster Shell – It was a fantastic Beauty and the Beast retelling. It was so good I ordered the second book right away.

The Pearls –  The concept of a Beauty and the Beast retelling was good and well executed. The difference between the original story and this one is mainly the main character has two sisters to care for. This is what drives Benella to go foraging which ultimately leads her to encounter the beast. I liked this concept of the story. It went along with the original idea with a few added twists to make it interesting.

The main characters were well defined. Benella was an interesting beauty character. She was quite tomboyish. Not what you would think of as a beauty. She develops into her character well. The beast starts out as this intimidating character and the author then brings out a lot of depth in him.

The romance is slow going but satisfying. There is more of a friendship that starts and develops. That turns into something more. The development of the relationship is a key component of the story and does not disappoint,

The Sand – The story was so good I continued with the series immediately.  I was surprised at how much sexual content was in the next book. There is some sexual violence as well. So I would be aware of that if you choose to read this series.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About M.J. Haag

MJ Haag is the pen name for Melissa Haag, a multi-published author of three series.

As MJ Haag she writes adult paranormal/fantasy romance. The Beastly Tales saga starts with Depravity, published June 2015. There are 2 more books in this series. Deceit publishes July 2015 and Devastation in August 2015.

As Melissa Haag she’s the bestselling author of the YA paranormal romance Judgement of the Six series and the Judgement of the Six Companion Series. Check out her YA books

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