Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Beast (Twisted Ever Book 1) by A. Zavarelli
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
Once upon a time, I believed in fairytales.
But then he took me.
And he taught me that life isn’t a fairytale.
He is scarred. Broken.
A dark and wild thing.
His beauty is violent and his words are cruel.
His heart is a shadowed landscape where nothing can grow.
He tells me he could never care for me, and he proves it every day.
He’s destroyed my life.
He’s trained me to beg for his affection.
This prison is a place where sunlight doesn’t reach.
He taught me that hate is born in darkness.
And then he taught me that sometimes love is too.
Beast was my first dark erotic romance and I wasn’t prepared. I’m not sure anyone could be entirely prepared for something that pushes (or downright annihilates) boundaries as much as this novel does, but, again, that’s coming from someone who is completely new to this genre. I found that I had to suspend reality quite a bit to really enjoy this novel. But once I did, I was able to really get into it.
I’ve only read a handful of erotic novels and I haven’t been impressed with any of the storytelling or writing. With Beast, I actually found both to be pretty darn good. There were some obvious gaps in the story, like I said, I had to suspend reality to truly get into it, but it wasn’t enough to take away from the plot as a whole.
Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale and I love retellings. I really appreciated the parallels between this and the original fairytale. It was definitely a unique take!
Beast was the dark, erotic fairytale retelling I didn’t know I wanted … and I’m still not entirely sure I do. I think I would’ve liked this novel a lot more if there was a hell of a lot more consent. But, then again, Javi’s entire objective is to torture Isabella in the beginning, so I understand why there wasn’t.
There are so many triggers in this novel, to list them all would take paragraphs. I’m grateful that while I did feel uncomfortable at several points, it didn’t totally mess with my head as I’m sure it could have.
Ultimately, I appreciated the story for what it was: well-written, the story was decent, but the subject matter was a little much for me. I can see why some people love this and I can also see why some people couldn’t even finish it.
Audiobook Performance: 1 Stars
I found the audiobook reader’s voice to be really annoying, actually. I also kind of hated that they did not have a male narrator for Javi’s chapters.
Butterfly Rating: 1 Stars
I think I was too busy cringing to get any butterflies.
Re-read Worthiness: 1 Stars
Err… no thanks.
Bookshelf Placement: No
As much as I like the cover, nah. Not unless I decide to do a whole shelf on all the Beauty and the Beast retellings I’ve read… Hmm…
New Book Boyfriend: All the No
I did not really connect to Javi at all. I don’t mind the occasional brooding, tortured soul, but Javi was downright insane and murderous.
What is your favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling? I’d love some suggestions!