Monday, August 2, 2010

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Book Summery:
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.

Movie Trailer (based on book):

Book Review:
I have to say, I was rather pleasantly surprised with this revised, modern-day tale of Beauty and the Beast. Sure, it was a wee bit predictable, but that's to be expected on a revamped fairy tale. Flinn did a beautiful job of keep classic, elegant components of the story intact, while also adding a contemporary time line, resulting in a fresh twist. The characters were flawed and believable. The high school setting fit in perfectly with the contemporary tone. There was also a nice balance of character growth and romance. Nothing rushed or improbable. I found myself getting easily swept up in the story. A great book for readers who are looking for a whimsical escape from reality. I am looking forward to the upcoming movie that is based on the book. Based on the trailer, I can already tell there are some stark differences, but I am hoping it will still be entertaining all the same.

Favorite Quote:
"The hours and days just went on and on, so I read. I liked to read in the fifth-floor rooms. There was an old sofa that I'd pulled up to a window. I'd sit for hours, sometimes reading, sometimes watching the streams of people below on the way to the subway station or out shopping, the people my age going to school, or skipping. I felt like I knew all of them." (p. 103)

Cover Art Commentary:
Simple, yet classic. Just like the story.

Overall Rating:


  1. this one has been on my shelf collecting dust for months....perhaps I shold move it up to the front of the line...:D

  2. I want to read this one and see the movie!

  3. @Tina
    That was my problem as well! I had bought it a while ago and then just left it on my bookshelf unread. What motivated me to finally pick it up was the upcoming movie. I've watched a few movies before reading the book, and I feel like the book is ruined. So now I try to read the book before hand. I was really pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading Beastly. I think you will too! :)

    It's such a fun book! :)

    That's how I was! I wanted to read the book first. It's a pretty quick read, so you can definitely squeeze it in before you see the movie! :)

  4. I thought this was cute too. And I'm willing to overlook any movie differences to stare at Alex Pettyfer!

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  5. @Alyssa
    Oh girl! I completely agree! That boy is smokin'! :D

  6. So sad I didn't bought this book when I saw it at waterstones. I probably buy a copy very soon. Who doesn't love the sound of this book/.. :) The movie trailer is awesome.

  7. Ooo. I have not managed to get this on my grasps.

  8. This is a book I've been holding off reading for awhile. I've been so worried it wouldn't do the fairy tale justice, even in a re-telling. The fact that it's getting made into a feature film frightens me a little more (what was in it that made them see 'MOVIE POTENTIAL," you know?), but I think you have me more than a little curious to try reading it for myself! :)

  9. lol, I hadn't even know that the movie was based off a book when I saw the trailer! Scrumptious!

  10. Absolutely love d this book and A Kiss in Time. Actually hoping to use this in my classroom this year. Great review.

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  11. @Nina
    It's a fun, quick read! :)

    You should definitely give it a try! :)

    I totally understand where you're coming from, which is why I think I held off reading it for so long. It's definitely a quick, fun read...more on the lighter side. I am curious to read your thoughts if you decide to pick it up! :)

    Yeah. :) I'm looking forward to watching the movie, though like I said in my review, I can already tell from the trailer that there are going to be some obvious differences! :P

    I definitely have to check out A Kiss in Time! Sounds interesting! Btw...I hope you mean that you are now following me, instead of not! ;)

  12. Definitely want to see the movie!

  13. Great review! Both the book and the movie sound s awesome! :)

  14. Nice review, I haven't read this one yet but I'm looking forward to seeing the movie version.

  15. hmmmm, im still not sure about this...

    the movie trailer kind of put me off the book which is a bit stupid lol because i love beauty and the beast...

    i might try it out when i get the chance...thanks!!

    great review!