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September 6, 2009

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 book came out a long time ago and I always wondered what it was about so I picked it up. I have always live the story of Beauty and the Beast so I was intrigued to find out that there was a retelling of the book from the beast's point of view.

This book was very heart wrenching in my opinion because you see Kyle getting kicked out of his home and his life and being completely left alone except for a maid and his blind tutor. This book really opened up my eyes to what the experience would have been like for the Beast, not just Beauty.

The only problem I had with this book was that he was really, really whiny throughout most of the book which I guess was warranted some of the time but not all of the time. Overall a good book!


(Make sure to check out the movie coming out in 2010!)



  1. This sounds interesting. I am not sure if I would buy it, but I will watch my library for a copy. Great review!

  2. I read this one a while back and really enjoyed it. The guy was a bit whiney, I do remember. :) Can't wait to see what the movie holds for us!

  3. Yay! Just found your blog through Bookworming in the 21st Century...like she said, I love your layout! Can't wait to keep reading.

  4. I haven't heard of this book, but now I want it!!! I also found your blog through Bookworming in the 21st Century. I can't wait to see your future posts!!!

  5. What a beautiful blog! I am a new follower.

  6. Great review! Is it ok for me to link to it from mine?


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