Book Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

June 6, 2011 Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★

Book Review: Beastly by Alex FlinnTitle: Beastly by Alex Flinn
Series: Kendra Chronicles #1
Published by: HarperTeen on September 23, 2008
Genres: Retellings, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 300
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I am a beast. 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 a perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.

A classic story with a 21st-century twist. I liked how the story was told through Kyle’s perspective as you see how he transforms both physically and mentally/emotionally. This was a great book, considered more as “light reading” and the style of writing is definitely suited for the younger/teen crowd. The storyline is in-keeping with “Beauty and the Beast”, I especially loved its symbolic rose and the magic mirror, but it focuses on teens, which added a sort of lightheartedness to the story that I highly enjoyed. I also really loved the online chat room sessions that were dispersed throughout the book. There, Kyle talks to other “fairy tale creatures” in a help group chat room and it’s funny how each tells their story and what they’re doing to fix it and find their “happy ever after”.

Definitely a fun read and perfect for any age.

I have yet to watch the movie, but I doubt I will as move adaptations rarely compare to the book, haha.

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