Thursday, August 20, 2015

REVIEW: Depravity (A Beastly Tale #1) by M.J. Haag

Available for free on Amazon.

Book Blurb: 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.


My Review: Benella the heroine of this tale is the youngest daughter of the local school teacher and the only one of her sisters that works the hardest to provide food for the family so that they can go on living. Byle and Byrn spend the majority of their time trying to hide what little money they can so that they can leave their miserable existence in their current town. Benella keeps getting thrown into the grounds of the estate and the beast has grown an obsession with getting her to stay with him. She keeps telling him no because he has major anger issues. Eventually the family leaves their current village for the next largest because their father has accepted a private teaching position there. It's mostly to save Benella from the local village boys who keep trying to kill because she saw something she shouldn't have.

I like the fact that part of this book keeps to the original fairytale while it's branching out to be it's own story.  So far I am enjoying this series and I'm looking forward to the next two books. I have bought book two and plan on starting it immediately after this one.

Rating: 4½ stars of of 5

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