Review: Beast by A. Zavarelli


Title: Beast
Author: A. Zavarelli
Genre: Dark Romance/Fairytale Retelling
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual

Isabella (Bella) Rossi’s passion was music. Unfortunately, she was jaded after being manufactured as a pop princess. Her popularity started to become a burden especially after her father’s disappearance

Javier Castillo was a recluse who lived in the shadows. Coming from a dark past, he had only one thing on mind – revenge. But things get complicated when his path veered the other way around.

Before I was an adult reader, I read a lot of fairytales. I think it’s always nice to go back to it especially when it’s darker and much dirtier lol!

He is everything. The light and the dark. The solace and the pain. The torment and the peace.

The book started quite well. I like how the author combined darkness with mystery/suspense in this Beauty and the Beast retelling. I was happy with the darkness level and the sex scenes were hot. But as the story progress, the element got diluted.

I like her shattered. I want her tears. Her fears.

I don’t think I ever warmed up to Bella. She seems very shallow and too easily accepting. I like that Javi is dark and mysterious. However I wasn’t convinced of thier connection. It felt mostly superficial. Also, her “breaking down” was too fast to be believable.

“You said you would always keep me,” I remind him.

Beast is a story of accepting one true self. It would appeal to fans of dark adult fairytale.


This review is also available on Goodreads.

✏️ #FirstLineFriday: Love the Way You Lie

Dark Romance is my most read genre. I like it because it’s different from my real life. I don’t want to pick up a book and read about characters in safe, normal life. That’s boring lol! I want variety. I want to be lost in a different world.

Just look at the first line of this book. Isn’t that familiar? Life is not all rainbow farting unicorn. Sometimes you get thrown into the deep end and you have to adept in order to survive. It’s sink or swim and sometimes you have to do things you are not proud of. I’d say be proud that you survived because that alone is an accomplishment.

P.S.: This series is about strippers and I think strippers have interesting life lol!


★ Book Details ★

Love the Way You Lie (Stripped #1) by Skye Warren
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A dark romance about the lies that lead us down…

I’ll do anything to get safe, even if that means working at the scariest club in town.

I’ll do anything to stay hidden, even if it means taking off my clothes for strangers.

I’ll do anything to be free. Except give him up. When he looks at me, I forget why I can’t have him. He’s beautiful and scarred. His body fits mine, filling the places where I’m hollow, rough where I am soft.

He’s the one man who wants to help me, but he has his own agenda. He has questions I can’t answer. What are you afraid of?