Tuesday, June 30, 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.” –GoodReads

This is a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast which takes place in New York City. The story is told from the perspective of Kyle aka Beast. B&B is one of my favorite fairy tales and this modern twist was a delight to read. At the beginning Kyle is a normal teenage boy, okay maybe more like perfect (at least in his own mind). He is super hot, popular, rich, and of course dating the hottest girl in school. He has just been made Prom King and feels on top of the world. That world is soon turned upside down when a fellow class mate (real life witch) places a curse on him turning him into a beast, until he can find true love. A year later enter our Beauty…Linda, turns out Linda was once a classmate of Kyle’s, though he never gave her the time of day before. She comes to live with Kyle and friendship blooms (pun-intended). They both have a love of learning and of roses, and slowly they build a real relationship of trust, respect, and love. And I have to add, I have a bit of “library-lust” when Finn describes the library that Kyle builds for Linda!

I loved this book! It was such an entertaining read and may be one of my favorite retellings! Flinn creates new characters in a familiar story. Smart writing, moves along quickly and I LOVED the IM chats throughout the book with other fairytale characters, so creative. I’m excited to hear a movie is being made; I can’t wait to see it. If you haven’t yet, read this book!


  1. Yay! I'm so glad you liked this one. I just thought it was an awesome modern day retelling. And the chat scenes cracked me up as well! We'll have to chat about the movie when it comes out.

  2. I am going to read this as soon as I can lay my hands on a copy! Thanks for the review...



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