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Depravity: A Beauty and the Beast Novel by M. J. Haag

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.

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

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ISBN-13: 9781514288559
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/10/2015
Series: Beastly Tales Series , #1
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 621,730
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

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Depravity: A Beauty and the Beast Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Denise April Cayetano More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own. 'Depravity' is so dark, interesting and wonderfully written that it was stupid of me to doubt the author at the beginning. I have only read Winter Queen before this and I haven't read any classic version of Beauty and the Beast; only the disney movie and another retelling of it by Sara J. Maas entitled A Court of Thorns and Roses. Haag's take on Beauty and the Beast will draw you to its unique story and will leave you to wanting for more. I assure you! While reading through the chapters, I have quite a few laughs. I don't know if it was supposed to be funny though and I was so absorbed to this book, flipping through its pages and reading every word eagerly that I didn't even notice the mistakes and finished the book in one sitting! Oh, the last part. It was torture. The cliffhanger was torture. In fact, I thought it was missing a few pages and cursed my Kindle app for being crappy. The author did a wonderful job on the world building; everything I saw through reading was so clear and well thought throughout. I loved everything although some scenes were slightly disturbing, I loved it nonetheless. Melissa Haag 'owned' it! I even have a book hangover until now! I will say no more because I'm terrified I might give everything away, but you must know that I highly recommend this book!!
Jennifer_A More than 1 year ago
Depravity is a retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast story. Before I get into my review let me say that this version of the story is for adults. There are dark themes in this book that include sexual situations and various attempts at assault. With that being said, I think that the maturity of the book is what quickly drew me into the story. Had the author gone with the same old childlike story it would not have worked. Benella comes from a very poor family and works hard to provide for her family. Her father does his best but seems to take on a very passive role. Benella's two sisters are selfish and, quite honestly, by the end of the book I really had started to hate them. Benella, through some unfortunate circumstances, goes onto an estate where she runs into the Beast. This is where the true meat of the story begins and where my review ends because I do not want to give any spoilers away. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was very frustrated when I finished it because it does end with an abrupt cliffhanger. However, the author was successful in making sure that I come back for more. **I received a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
ArecRain More than 1 year ago
First off, let me say how furious I am that this is a three part series with each novel ending in a cliff hanger. Each novel has enough meat to it to count as individual novel, but they all end in maddening cliffhangers. I loathe cliff hangers more than I loathe serials. That being said, this series had me from page one and I couldn’t put it down until the very last one. I missed a lot of sleep for it… I am a huge fan of fairy tale retellings, especially if there erotica involved. This is definitely one of the better retellings of Beauty and the Beast, albeit a very dark one. The female lead is almost raped more times than I can count, abused by her obnoxious sisters, manipulated by an arrogant sorceress, and subjected to dealing with a short tempered man child stuck in a beast’s body. Through it all, Benella stays determined and loved her grit. There are some themes that may not sit well with some people, especially with the Beast’s treatment of Benella in the second novel. I think they are missing the point of this story, however. The premise is not just about looking beyond aesthetic value, it is about personal growth. While it is the Beauty’s purpose to look beyond outer appearances to appreciate what people have on the inside; it is the Beast’s role to develop from …well a beast to a better person. I feel that most people look past that. This is a great series for those looking for an adult retelling of Beauty and the Beast and can handle the dark themes and cliff hangers that come with it. If you can accept an anti-hero with faults who falls for a strong woman who can hold her own in a hateful sexist world, then this is definitely the series for you.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
I will warn you - this is NOT your classic children's fairy tale.  Just as in classic versions, a widowed father has three beautiful but very different daughters. He does his best to support them and supply all their needs, but these are dark days and tough times for all but a few in the village. The eldest daughter, Bryn, has taken over their mother's duties, cooking and cleaning but dreams of her own family and does as little as she can for her sisters and father. The second daughter, Blye, is an amazing seamstress. When times are too hard for customers to afford her beautiful creations, her employer lets her go. Like Bryn, her thoughts are more on her self and living with as much comfort as she can. The youngest, most studious daughter, 16 year old Benella seem to shoulder the most responsibility for the family. Her job is to scavenge the countryside for plants and trap wild game to feed the family. To her sisters it seems Bendella has freedom, they are envious and spiteful. Her roving around does afford her to hear more of what is happening around the village but also places her in danger. Some of that danger causes Benella to end up inside the gates of the enchanted and forbidden estate - on too many occasions to go unnoticed. There she meets the beast, but only glimpses him surrounded by mist. She knows nothing of him except the myths and stories told to scare people away from the estate. Circumstances decline rapidly resulting in the family move to a larger city. The elder daughters view it as opportunity, the youngest sees it as her duty. Many surprises and unexpected education await Benella there. Will the Beast give up his new connection to Benella? Will the sisters change their selfish ways? What will happen to Benella? At the end of this first installment you will want to read more. When I began this book, I knew only that it was based off the Beauty and The Beast tale. I knew it contained adult content but not much more. The tone of the book stays fairly true to previous versions I have read but I feel there will be many more surprises in store as this series continues. The author writes the characters so well we have empathy and strong opinions already as for what we would like to see as consequences for certain actions. Even the environment takes a role in the tale. I was given an advanced copy to read in exchange for my honest review, and will anxiously await further developments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an interesting concept for a timeless story. Great. I want more!
abEC More than 1 year ago
I normally do not like cliff hangers and having to purchase additional books. I am glad that I made an exception for this story. It is the retelling of Beauty and the is dark and totally captivating. Thoroughly enjoyed the books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the alterations to the known Beauty and the Beast stories. And have enjoyed it enough to move onto the second part, Deceit!
only1cookie More than 1 year ago
MJ Haag has written an awesome adult version -Beauty & the Beast inspired story (that's one of my favorite Disney movies when my daughter was a child). I really enjoyed this 3 book series. Would highly reccomend this series. I've re-read them 3 times. Some of my favorite books, & I don't normally re-read books! Looking forward to more books from MJ Haag!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
while this wasn't a bad book, I would never have downloaded it (ever for free) if' I'd known it was based on a 16 yr old. and was written for teens.
MexiBookWorm More than 1 year ago
This story is amazing and kept me captivated every page! This story is more than just a retelling of the fairy tale of A Beauty and the Beast. This story really shows how mean and selfish people can be especially to those who are so self-sacrificing. I highly recommend this book to read!
compweasel More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this easily read book. Particularly liked Benella's fiesty nature.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite In Depravity: A Beauty and the Beast Novel, the first book in the Beastly Tale series by author M.J. Haag, we are immersed in an amazing retelling of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. Follow the story of the lovely Benella, a young woman born into a poor family. Her main concerns in life are trying to find food to help her family to survive and trying to stay away from the town bullies who have seemingly made it their life's focus to torment her. Her main concerns, that is, until she is hunting for the best wild fruits available in the village, located next to a mysterious estate rumored to be inhabited by a wild beast. The town bullies find her and lock her behind the gates. From that point forward, Benella's life will never be the same. I very much enjoyed Depravity. Author M.J. Haag has done a fantastic job in retelling a beloved fairy tale that is pretty much known by all in a very unique and intriguing way. That is certainly no small feat, to say the least. Well-written, well-paced, fun, exciting, romantic and suspenseful, Depravity is a book that would appeal to any reader who enjoys fantasy, romance, suspense, fairy tales, or just a plain good work of fiction. I am so happy to highly recommend Depravity, and I am so looking forward to reading the next two installments in the Beastly Tales series. This was the first book that I've read by author M.J. Haag, but it certainly will not be the last!
DYac More than 1 year ago
It was a sweet and delicious finish to a brilliant adult fairy tale! Melissa Haag has a way of spinning a tale that takes you to another world and makes you want to live there. Her characters are filled with such depth that you even feel a little sorry for the ones you don't like. There were moments that I found my heart palpitating to think that she would actually allow her characters to go through some of the difficult situations they experienced. But, there were definitely laugh-out-loud humorous moments too. The romantic scenes were tastefully done without being uncomfortably graphic, which couldn't have been easy given the "beastie" appetites. I truly appreciated the fact that the entire third volume centered around the relationships after the curse was lifted. All the little nuances, Benella observed, made each character recognizable after being changed back from their previous state. In the end, with all of the frightening circumstances and the lessons that needed to be learned, by each of the characters, it was a charming take on a beloved fairy tale. Welcome to the world of adult romance, Melissa Haag! I think, you're going to fit right in!
outofthebagscom More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I usually don't read this type of book. I usually can't get into retelling but wow the story sucked me in and I couldn't stop reading. The story is well written and you feel for Benella. The sisters are horrible and you will hate them, but they add so much to the story that it makes the story have even more depth. I really enjoyed the scenery and I felt like I could see everything. I really would recommend that anyone who loves retellings to check this one out. Be aware that if for mature readers.
HorseWhisper_16 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for an honest review. I enjoyed reading something different from this author. This book is basically a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast, but in a more adult setting, there are other things that are completely different too, which I enjoyed as well, so don't let your kids read this.. Haha. Would I recommend this book for my mature reading friends, of course I will. Who wouldn't want to read this in a more adult setting? Like any other story there are ups and downs to this book. People/creature you love and people/creature you hate. And yes there is a cliffhanger at the end, I will be reading the rest if this series as soon as I comes out. :) Just wait til you read about Benella, the Beast, and the sisters, the father, the baker, the candle maker, the boys who bully her, it all comes together in this uniquely written book by M.J. Haag There is some violence and some adult activities in this well written book, you are for warned that you are going to enjoy reading this book. :)
Reniazen More than 1 year ago
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.***