Beastly by Alex Flinn
Published by HarperTeen
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fairy Tale Retelling
Read in: June 2018
Reading Challenges: 2018 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
Beastly by Alex Flinn is a fairy tale retelling of (you’ve probably guessed it) Beauty and the Beast. I bought it quite awhile ago (eek! It’s been 5 1/2 years!) and thanks to COYER I thought it was time for me to read it.
Alex Flinn sticks pretty close to the traditional tale. Kyle Kingsbury plays the role of Beast and Lindy fills the role of Belle. I did enjoy the story as I was reading it. Flinn does a fantastic job of convincing the reader that Kyle learns the lessons set before him. He’s got a lot to learn!
Will and Magda are probably my favorite people in the story. I also really enjoyed the twist Flinn introduced for their characters.
In the warm afterglow of finishing the book I gave it 4 stars. I had enjoyed it quite a bit. Not quite 3 weeks later I sat down to review it. I couldn’t remember the characters’ names! I downgraded my review. I enjoyed the book in the moment but it was forgettable for me. Definitely will read more of Flinn’s work though!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 GoodReads