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 seductively dark new twist, the A Beastly Tale saga begins with Depravity.
Intended for mature listeners due to sexual situations and moderate language. This book is one of three in the series.
©2015 Shattered Glass Publishing LLC (P)2016 Shattered Glass Publishing LLC
This was such an intricate and captivating take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. I love the way Melissa Haag takes me in a direction that I don't expect to go. Her characters are full of depth and you immediately get a feel for them. I've always loved this story, but she ramps it up into an adult version that draws you in and doesn't let go. Although it includes some adult situations, I found it more readable and intriguing. It is filled with danger and magic, gives you chills and makes your heart pump faster.
Ms Haag weaves a colorful story, helping the imagination to take us into the tale, becoming a part of the scene. I found myself looking forward to the scenes with Benella and the Beast, my mind capturing the dynamics of the strong young woman and this powerful beast and wondering when her heart might weaken toward the beast and her responses might become more submissive to his nature.
Though I'd read the book before, this audible copy really brings life to the story. I can't wait to hear subsequent books.
I've never heard her narrate before and was quite impressed. She has a very flexible voice and does the male parts well. Her inflections and the changes in vocals for each character are well emphasized. It is not an easy job, and she did it well.
Audio Reviewer under Audio Flow. I enjoy delving into the imagination of writers and hearing it read aloud by seasoned and new audio actors.
"I received a copy of this audiobook for a review. All opinions are my own."
What happens when you take the beloved story of Beauty and the Beast, and add a little steam? You get Depravity.
I own a copy of the printed book, but had yet to read it. So when I was given the opportunity to review, of course I said yes. This is a period drama, so I had to adjust my listening ears and give it a chance. Unlike the last few audios I've reviewed, this took a lot of concentration.
Haag, does an amazing job with research. I say that because of the language and attention to detail about what it must have been like to live during this time. I immediately time-traveled to where socio-economic ideologies relied upon trade, property and status. Much like today the lack of "coin" to a poorer, less established families will at times, push you to your limit.
Benella, the heroine of the story, is a feisty and curious young woman, who struggles to keep her family in tact, while trying to escape the courting of men who she holds no interest. Instead, she finds herself connecting to an unlikely source. In her efforts to stay away, she is consistently drawn to the mysterious person behind the "fog" agreeing to meet his demands for money and food. Tensions continue to grow and then IT happens...Not that IT you pervy pervy lol, but something happens and since I'm the QUEEN of no spoilers, I can't tell you what IT is...
Sierra Kline brings a refreshing take on the narration. I liked her, but at times found it hard to believe her as 18/19 because she sounded a tad older. Nevertheless, her intonation and accent provided a good fit for the character.
I was able to download this book to my kindle for free, but decided to add on the audible version to listen on my daily commute. It is very well narrated and the book is well written. I particularly appreciate the pace in which everything happens. It's not a rush to happily ever after. I actually downloaded the second and third books before I was even finished.
This was really enjoyable! It ended with a cliffhanger for sure but while series is awesome and worth reading!!Loved whole series. It sucked me in and kept me guessing. Couldn't put down!
I like the retelling of a classic story in a new, more adult format. I like how MJ wasn't afraid to stray away from the classical telling of the story to put in her own creative license, because at the end of the day it made for a better novel (especially when you read all three books... or listen in this case... back to back).
Every. single. thing. about it.
The voice actress for this was wonderful. I always imagined Benella as British so it was wonderful seeing that reflected in the voicing of this novel. I loved her distinctive voices for each character (especially that of the Baker, lol!) and I really respected her consistency throughout the novel. One thing I will mention is that when I first heard her voice, I imagined one of the Whispering Sisters (seen in book 2 I think...) than Benella. Sierra Kline's voice is very sensual which is not how I imagined naive Benella at all. Once I got used to it though it wasn't a problem at all.
The ending.... I wont say more than that!
I was given this audio book in exchange for a review! I had previously read Depravity, as well as the novellas that followed, so I already knew the story going into it. It was a wonderful listen regardless!
Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps owner/blogger, lover of the written and narrated word, if you write it they will review.
I am utterly enthralled by the Beastly Tales and head over heels for this narrator. She did such a wonderful job capturing Benella's spirit and the Beast's anger. I wish I had time to begin the next book right away as I simply must continue this captivating journey!
Rebecca L Rogers
The narrator really brings to life the story and the essence of the book
Benellas interactions with the beast were always edgy and unpredictable
It amazed me how tender the Beast was with Benella even when he was angry
This is a great story re-imagined for the adult listener. Desperate for book 2. This ranks up there with my favorites.
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