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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

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.

This is the third (or fourth?) time I've read this book. I first read it because I had heard that it was a very interesting re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, which is one of my favorite childhood stories. 

This book is undoubtedly one of my absolute favorites. It draws you in from the very first few pages, which is more than I can say for a lot of books in the romance/high school fiction genre. 

Okay, so let me stop blabbing and give you a brief overview. Kyle Kingsbury is a cliche jock. He is good-looking, popular, and, of course, an A-class jerk. He runs the high school and is in his prime. He thinks he can get away with anything and everything, because of his 'status' and his father's money, and he has... until now. 

It's a week before prom and Kyle sets out to humiliate Kendra, a mysterious and unpopular girl who gives him the creeps. Little does he know she's a *SPOILER ALERT* witch...

Okay, normally I am not a huge fan of books with witches because they tend to overdo the characters of the witches, thus making it quite unrealistic. This book, however, I'm happy to say, pulled it off. Kendra's character was very convincing, and also nothing like the witches in folk tales, i.e. Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, etc. 

She casts a spell on him and makes him 'as ugly on the outside as he is on the outside'. That's when he becomes a beast. Kendra tells him that the only way to reverse the curse is if someone can see past his beastly exterior and love him for him. *SPOILER OVER* I have to admit I thought the chances of Kyle becoming normal again were pretty grim when I read that. I thought how could anyone fall in love with someone so horrible... now on the outside and inside? 

Now, I am not a huge fan of sad endings, so if a book seems particularly depressing, chances are I won't read it. But once I start reading a book, I have to finish it. It's like a curse... no pun intended. So I did read it, and it was completely worth it.

What I didn't enjoy so much about the book is that Kyle's attitude in the beginning changes  drastically to his personality in the end. That part was a little unrealistic, but that would be my only critique for the book. It was very well written and kept me captivated till the very end. 

What I also found interesting is that it is set from a boy's perspective, but written by a female author, which may have resulted in a few missteps. Kyle also started sounding like a girl in some parts where the author included a lot of emotive language, which was great, but if it is from a boy's perspective then the reader should believe it's a boy, and be totally convinced.

Overall it was a touching, amazing book that gets you thinking. Just a little bit of advice: If you're about to humiliate someone, or tease them, or make fun of them, just think before you do it because you never know, there just might be a witch around the corner!

4 Muffins - Simply Delectable!

If you like this, try...

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Bewitching by Alex Flinn


  1. Great Review! I haven't read this one (yet) although I really do love A Kiss in Time by the same author and I really want to see the movie too! I'm a new follower :D (and thanks for following my blog as well!!)

    Rabiah (aka Zahrah's sister :P)
    Confessions of a Readaholic

  2. I haven't read this but it's amazing! You're so excited about it you made me want to read it too:)

  3. Awesome review! I've been wanting to read this book for a long time. I definitely think I'm going to read it sometime very soon. Thanks for visiting my blog, and I'm following you too! :)

  4. I've read this book several times, too. And like you, I was worried about Kendra being a witch. Witches are generally overdone like Shakespeare's witch, eating eyeballs and using hair while chanting weird tunes into a smoking cauldron. Kendra was nothing like that so it was a high point for me!

  5. I've read this book, I like it, I guess way better than the movie.

  6. I was Beastly last year and now I have to watch the movie.

  7. i think the books is better than the movies...
    i don'tknow..i just don't like the actress' acting....

  8. I tried reading Beastly a little while back but I couldn't get into it at all so I stopped reading after a few pages. I didn't give it much of a chance and I have seen a lot of positive reviews, if you read it several times I think I shall give it a shot again.

  9. Hello!! I love this book!! : )


  10. I saw the movie for this and I found it very enjoyable! Maybe I'll pick up the book as well! And I also agree with you about witches. I think, personally, only a handful of authors have got the witch character down pat. Thank you for the awesome review! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  11. great review and beastly, one of my favorite movies but I haven't read books

  12. OMG I have read this book numerous times and i always love it a bit more each time!!

  13. i like this book, its really a nice twist from beauty and the best :)

  14. Thanks for the review! I read this book and loved it too, however I didn't like the movie!

  15. Been curious about this one for a long time but never took the plunge. I think I should go ahead and jump right in. Sounds like it would be a good thing!

  16. Nice review :) I haven't read this book, just saw the movie

  17. One part that always confused me was are they in high school or middle school?

  18. I loved the book currently reading for the 2nd time lol, one thing I did not like was how the beast described in the book was not the same beast shown in the movie


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