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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Beastly by Alex Flinn

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

The novel began rather slowly. Vain, privileged Kyle Kingston wasn’t the most interesting protagonist, if anything he was rather dull. The slow progression of the story didn’t help to hold my attention. However, further into the book after Kyle had become the beast the novel became far more interesting.

Being able to see the remarkable change in Kyle from his point of view, through his thoughts and actions, is what made this novel. The story of Beauty and the Beast is one that almost everyone knows, but no one really knows the Beast’s story. Seeing the story play out from the Beast’s point of view and how the modern setting affected the plot was by far the best part of the book.

In addition to these twists, the chats with other transformed teens (a.k.a. characters from other fairytales) were also a wonderful addition to this classic tale. The chats provided a nice interlude between the six parts of the novel and a bit of comic relief.

3 Stars!

P.S. Beastly is being adapted into a movie! The movie, due out July 2010, will star Mary-Kate Olsen, Vanessa Hudgens, and Alex Pettyfer.

If you like this, you may like… A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn and/or The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale


  1. I just bought this book not long ago. Too bad that it only got 3 stars :(. I was hoping it would be a 5 star book, but hey ... they seem to be pretty rare.


  2. I like the story a lot I think it was cute too know the story from the beast POV.



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