Spoiler Alert: Review of The Beast by Jaden Wilkes
After hearing about the banning of this book by Amazon, and it’s resurrection under different title and design, I wanted to give it a fair shake. I don’t believe in censorship, having a degree in journalism, and think adults are perfectly able to pick and choose what they want to read.
If The Beast had been better written, I would’ve ventured to give it more stars, despite my disgust with the two main characters. The flipping back and forth in the point of view was rather clumsy, and retold the narrative over and over until I wanted to throw my Nook at the wall.
Dimitri is not a nice guy under any circumstances, and there will be no singing birds and happy unicorns at the end of this book. I can understand his violent nature stemming from a horrible childhood and introduction to the Russian crime boss who’d become his mentor. I can understand his revenge towards the adults who’d abused him. What I can reconcile is the violence he uses with women including punching and choking to the point of almost almost death.
What happens to Columbia is a second victimhood when he violently seduces her, not a “Normal” relationship, in any definition of the word. Real love doesn’t involve physical abuse or being choked to almost dead. Rape by any name is still rape.
While Wilkes admits no one’s “magical vagina” will change another person, there are still women trapped in abusive relationships trying to “change” their abuser for the better. When Dimitri awakens a blood thirst in Columbia, I thought “here we go”.
Despite the fact her step dad deserved to die in the book, I had hoped it would be Dimitri himself and not the girl. I’d hoped for some kind of dark redemption of him, but that’s not the way this book ends.
I was abused as a child and in a former relationship, and so I speak with experience and realism about these things. We can read the fantasy dark sexual books, but please don’t confuse them with romance. True romance does not involve debasing another human being, or dragging them down into a morass of evil and corruption.