Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

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Synopsis: 

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

Date Finished: 7-31-15

Thoughts, and would I recommend?

Beastly is one of those books that I saw multiple times in multiple places before I actually bought it. I saw it on Goodreads and in thrift stores and Amazon, but I never thought enough about it to read it – until now. I got halfway through Beastly yesterday morning, and I just finished it now. That says something about the book, that it’s good enough to read in one or two long sittings.

I really enjoyed this. It’s a modern take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story, set in New York and featuring a cast of interesting characters. We’ve got Magda the maid, Will and Pilot, the blind tutor and his dog, and Lindy, our modern day Belle, who only comes to live with our beast, Adrian, due to her father breaking in to Adrian’s greenhouse. In addition to these characters, we also have Adrian’s other fairytale friends from an online chatroom dealing with magical transformations. These friends include characters from The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, and Rose Red and Snow White. (Not that Snow White! ;))

Now, because it is based on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, you can kind of expect some of the plot, such as the obsession with roses and the fairytale kiss at the end. Of course, there are other twists though, that keep it fresh and unexpected. Fairytale and fantasy lovers will love this, but I feel like anyone could read and love this book. ^_^

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