Friday, 4 November 2011

Beastly By Alex Flinn

Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Pages: 304
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen

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 a perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly

  My Thoughts:

For all those who do not know ( do you seriously not know???? ) Beastly is a modern retelling of Beauty And The Beast.

Let me start off by saying that i watched the movie first and read the book afterwards.
I never thought i was going to say this but, the movie was better than the book. Only by a fraction; but it still was.
This is the first book that im reading by Alex Flinn and it was wonderfully written. I cannot wait to read all of his other books especially "A Kiss In Time".

The book tells the same story as that of Beauty and the Beast; but some minor details have been changed. Which only seems necessary as it is a "modern" retelling.
My favourite character would have to be Will. I just enjoyed his character all throughout the book. And of-course Mr.Anderson and all other fairytale characters.
What i did not like about the book was that Kyle was completely described as a beast. I knew that he would be a beast, but after watching the movie i was kind of disappointed by reading that he had claws and hair all over.
But i guess that makes it partially realistic, right? he is a beast in the literal sense.
But what i really disliked was that he had a lipless mouth. I know.I know. Not that big of a deal! but that particular information was fine not known by me.

The transformation from this selfish cruel person to a warm hearted one. How he comes to love the people around him was very nicely described.

The book ends in an amazing way. I really didn't see that coming. I was kind of shocked; but then slowly it made sense.

I recommend you read this book before you watch the movie. I definitely enjoyed reading it.

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