Dec 292014
 
Review: BeastlyBeastly by Alex Flinn
Published by HarperTeen on Oct 2, 2007
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: Paperback from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

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.

I love the Disney Beauty and the Beast movie. So when I got a copy of Beastly, a Beauty and the Beast retelling, I was excited to see how it stood up, because I honestly haven’t read many fairy tale retellings.

I was pleasantly surprised. This was a fun and light hearted story. It follows the classic storyline, but with a contemporary YA, set in New York City, twist.

There is nothing earth shattering in this book, but it does make a quick and heartwarming weekend read. I enjoyed the complete transformation, including name, that Kyle did, and how he actually had to work at it. There was a twist at the end with the witch that I also really enjoyed. There were cheesy moments, and some completely unnecessary online chat session transcripts, but it was an otherwise light and fun read.

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