Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Posted January 12, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 5 Comments


From Goodreads: 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 the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

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What I Loved: This was a very good modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast.  In the beginning, Kyle was a very unlikable character that you got to know as the vain, arrogant teenager he was before getting turned.  Adrian was the much more human incarnation of Kyle that made him more man than beast.  It was wonderful to watch his transformation from arrogant to considerate.

What I Liked:  Will and Magda are fantastic guides for Adrian that show him people can be kind even when they do not have too.  He was surrounded by love even if it wasn’t from the traditional family structure.

Complaints: None

Audio Specific Review:  Narrator: Chris Patton did a wonderful job of reading this book with emotions that matched the cadence of the moment.

Why I gave it a 4: I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderfully told this story was.  It was a very good re-telling.

Who I would recommend it too: YA readers and those who like re-telling of fairytales.

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5 responses to “Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

  1. Kaytish

    I absolutely loved this book the first time I read it. (Since then I've read it two or three times.) I really hope the movie does it justice!

  2. Kristen

    I just read this one too, and I really liked it. I can't wait to see the movie, especially since I found out Neil Patrick Harris is playing Will (loved Will and Magda).