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The meanest of the mean girls, Rebekah Austin rules her Chicago school with sharp outfits and an even sharper tongue. She has a way of making even the most beautiful and brilliant girls in her class feel like dirt. But underneath the queen-bee façade is someone who feels ugly, repulsive…beastly.

When Rebekah falls prey to a madman, the bully becomes the bullied. Scarred and
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Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Createspace
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Courtney
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of: dark and twisted YA and YA thrillers
Recommended to Courtney by: Netgalley
Beastia by Zoe Cruz is a fast paced, dark and twisted YA thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Rebecca Austin is beautiful, rich, smart and very popular amongst her highschool peers. She had everything she could ever need and her life was perfect.... Or at least it was on the surface. Unfortunately, not everything is always as it may seem.

"No one would have believed me. I mean I had everything. What did it matter if I wasn’t happy? I was rich, I was pretty, and I hated my life."
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Cameron
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgally
Note: I got a copy from Netgalley and Createspace Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

If you do not know, I love Beauty and the Beast. I love the retellings of that fairytale. This was advertised as a Beauty and the Beast if it was flipped around genderwise. It was kind of like that but very on the surface retelling. It was much more of a thriller/mystery book and didn't really follow the story of Beauty and the Beast. I did enjoy it but I don't think it could be advertised as a retellin
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Danielle
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting I'm not quite sure what genre I would characterise it as. It's not light-heart. I would say it's closer to the dark side however it has a bit of everything, and it's not scary. It's a story of finding your way in the world and seeing your inner beauty. I was hoping for the Disney fantasy ending, but I guess I don't live in the real world. This book does have the happy ever after and a good moral fibre.

Rebekah has a perfect life. The beautiful face, the rich spoilt
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Rachel Yaffe
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bestia is a really intriguing book that you won't want to put down! Great character development and a really interesting storyline. Highly recommend!
Emily Rucker
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gripping – had to keep reading. Something you’ll want a weekend for, unless you won’t miss a night’s sleep. Characters pulled me in and had me trying to think of a way to help them, and then I remembered it was a book. One of the best gritty YAs I’ve read. Really identified with Beastia.
Stefanie
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
So I’m part of the blogging tour for Beastua written by Zoe Cruz! Shout out to Andrea Thatcher who organized this Blog Tour.



First off, the intell on the book:



Beastia by Zoe Cruz

Synopsis:

The meanest of the mean girls, Rebekah Austin rules her Chicago school with sharp outfits and an even sharper tongue. She has a way of making even the most beautiful and brilliant girls in her class feel like dirt. But underneath the queen-bee façade is someone who feels ugly, repulsive…beastly.

When Rebekah fall
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Wendy Rinebold
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beastia by Zoe Cruz is a YA/NA contemporary novel. Its much darker than I expected and I don't know that it would be appropriate for younger readers.

Rebekah is the beautiful mean girl in school. She has an alcoholic mother and a nearly absentee father and lashes out at others. When tragedy strikes her family, she drowns her sorrows in alcohol at a party. In her inebriated and grief stricken state, she allows an unknown man to care for her. This man drugs and kidnaps her. He holds her for 40 day
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Irene
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Beastia by Zoe Cruz was an interesting and yet unusual read for me, however I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The cover is really attractive and that's what caught my eye...
I loved the writing style, written in the first person, the voice and the mind of Rebekah (Bea) unraveling the story of her life as you read. I really enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of each chapter making you wrestle with the themes threaded through the story. Relevant, interesting, varied and challenging they launch you into the
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Susan Hampson
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-reads
This is a brilliant Y.A. thriller.  A real shocking Beauty and the Beast story. Rebekah is very superficial, everything about her is false. Beautiful yes, she truly is. but only on the outside really,  like a lot of her friends. It is how they judge each others status. Being beautiful, having the right clothes and car, not who they really are just how good they look. Even her family is the same. It is all about how others see them. She hates her life, especially at home, but no one knows. She fe ...more
Sarah
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Smith Publicity who provided an arc of the book via net galley in return for an honest review.

This could have been a great book that examined how important beauty is in society and what we will forgive a beautiful person, even if he or she is ugly on the inside. And on the flip side how beauty can incite feelings of lust and hatred in others.

The quotes that start each chapter are interesting and reflect the themes that are touched on on the book, but unfortunately these themes are
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Toni Boughton
This was a better-than-average YA book. The horrific things that Bea went through might have stretched credulity a little, but the author still made it very convincing. I enjoyed the fact that Bea was a complicated person even before her abduction - bit of a bitch at school but a lost little girl at home. The denouement was gratifying, and I never even suspected the eventual culprit.

My only (mild) complaint is the love story, but I'm a cynical old person who prefers action over relationships!

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Chelby Kraemer
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
If Will and Bea's romance wouldn't have happened, this would be 1 star. It's the only element that I truly liked. Will is so sweet, man. Don't get me wrong, Bea deserved to find love, but I don't like her as a character. I understand why she was such a bitch, but it was like she couldn't make up her mind. She was friends with someone, then she wasn't. It was just annoying to read honestly. Jia and Heng were AMAZING characters. I felt like they were real people. The quotes at the beginning of eac ...more
Shelly
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In today's superficial world, this is the book that all teens need to get their hands on. Well, on that account, adults, too! People have become ugly, rude, and downright nasty in the manner that they treat others. Reading about how Rebekah goes from being "on top of the world" with her beauty to being physically transformed is quite an emotional journey. I ached for her yet felt that it was a transformation that made her find what truly matters in this world. This book is definitely one that pu ...more
Patricia Kaniasty
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story was really good. I'm not really into romance but it was mixed with just enough gore and scary stuff that I was able to handle it. I really loved Bea. Actually, I loved all the characters......well......except Brett. Gee, I wonder why??
Janene Houskeeper
Excellent fresh approach to traditional tale

The characters are very real and relatable. I love how the author shows growth and change in each individual when faced with what seems to be insurmountable (yet very real to life) problems.
Katherine Hayward
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Beastia is a great YA book! The plot and characters are spot on and the book's pace kept me entertained. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter complement the story very well and the characters are likable. I really recommend this to young adults and older adults alike. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the amazing opportunity to review this stand out book. This is the first book I have read by Zoe Cruz but after having read this I will
read more by her.
Mallory
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this book. It was all about surviving trauma and learning how to live life after something horrible has happened. It's about learning to love the new you, even when you do think that's possible.

Bea looks on the outside how any survivor of trauma feels on the inside. Scarred, ugly, worthless, unloved, unwanted. But she learns throughout the story that if she lets the right people in and builds the
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Sally
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-galley-read
I liked this, and then I didn't like it, and then I liked it again, and then it was a bit gruesome, but overall I did like it. Although I would have liked a lot more at the start so we could properly get to know Bek before she became Bea, to make that change a bit more hard-hitting... it was meant to be such a huge change but I didn't get enough of a feel for her at the start sadly!

Neat little mystery too that has you (or at least me) suspecting everyone (view spoiler)
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Staci
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Apr 11, 2017
Jo
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to netgalley for letting me read this book.

Beastia is a fast paced, relatively short YA thriller.
The story, revolving around Rebekah who is attacked and "transformed" into a beast, is an interesting one.
The characters are likeable though I would have liked to have seen more development of the others as it is clear that Jo-Ann and Will have troubled pasts too.
I enjoyed reading Beastia.
Maria
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love YA books and this was one of those books that I wished I didn't have to put down. It took me 3 days to read it but if I had some me time in my life it would have been done in an afternoon.

Zoe Cruz spins a reverse Beauty and The Beast with Beastia. Rebekah, Bek, Bea, or Beastia hasn't had it easy. She has an alcoholic mother and gets kidnapped by a masochistic manic who changes her appearance and is still out there. She is untrusting of everyone and hates being touched obviously. I found
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Brianna
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Apr 02, 2017
Melinda Johnson
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me interested and intrigued. I hated to put the book down for sleep and daily activities, but found myself daydreaming about what I had read so far and pondering on what was to come. Each time that I read more to add to the plot that I had created in my own mind just pulled me deeper into the story. I found myself laughing, holding my breath, rolling my eyes, balling up my fists and even cowering in on myself. A great read!
Sasha
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Jun 24, 2017
Kristine
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Beastia by Zoe Cruz is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early March.

Rebekah/Bea lives a charmed life in Chicago before the sudden death of her father and being tortured at a Halloween party. With this torture comes unwanted tattoos, staples, stitches, piercing; all which which prevents her from attained the life she had planned, dooming her to a job at a takeout/delivery Chinese restaurants and weak self-esteem. Luckily, she works with and falls for the handsome, friendly Will Stone - but c
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Faith Ross
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was honestly a very refreshing retold fairy tale. I adore fairy tale retellings, but often find them lackluster or very 'ahhh so happpy but a little bit of edgy BUT ULTIMATELY HAPPY.' Beastia, however, was refreshing in the way that it didn't hold back with the harsh realities of life.
The descriptions of panic attacks, reactions to men after being in a situation of abuse, the idea of less-cookie-cutter characters and more depth to a story, and families that can be mixed in many different wa
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