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Depravity - M.J. Haag (book review) *contains spoilers*

Book: Depravity
Author: M. J. Haag
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
Published By: Shattered Glass Publishing LLC
Published Year: 2015

My Review:
Having got an e-mail about a book tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours about a Beauty and the Beast Retelling, I knew that I had to take part and I was not disappointed at all in doing so. This book really surprised me and I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected.

Depravity is about a girl called Benella who when trying to help fed her family takes food from the estate just out of town comes across the beast who is willing to help her as long as she cleans his house. However, when things start going badly for Benella's family the Beast wants to keep her in his estate even though she doesn't want to lose her family as a result.

I thought that this retelling of the iconic fairy tale was different from ones that I have read in the past and I liked that this showed how she wanted to help her family even though her sisters seemed selfish and the village in which she lives in is against her. The sister's were very unlikable in my opinion and as a result I ended up feeling sorry on Benella and her father for going through so much when the sister's wouldn't help at all and seemed reluctant at the most basic of tasks. Not only this but seeing how the family needed to move to a bigger town in order to get even a light bit more money but living in a really small house which showed how poor they really were and how they were really struggling to get by making Benella the only one in which they could turn to in order to get them enough food to survive. Having this more of an adult book and showing some sexual scenes within the novel did shock me a little as it wasn't what I was expecting when I had first picked up this book however I liked that it wasn't just there to show sex but how it was used as a weapon and as lust. Having there also be a brothel in the town they move to and how Benella learns from the sisters there about pent up energy and why people need that sexual release was something I thought was good to add for her as it helped explain sexual tension to her and helped her to understand more about the Beast at the estate. Finally, having the Beast make her choose between saving her family or being with him was something in which I thought was saddening for the reader as it showed how Benella was stuck in  the middle and would do anything it took to save her family even if it was something in which she didn't agree with or want to do. This made the reader really feel for her especially as her sister's didn't seem to care that she had to be the one who does everything for them even protect them when it came to it.

This book was written at a pace in which I really enjoyed and kept me wanting to know what would happen next, so much so that right after finishing the book I had to buy the other two in the series in order to find out what happened next! This did surprise me but it was done in the right way and I look forward to seeing how this trilogy progresses. I would recommend this book to those who are wanting to read a Beauty and the Beast retelling and doesn't mind some adult content within it.

My Rating: 5/5 

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