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Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Posted May 6, 2015 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Beastly by Alex FlinnReviewer: Holly
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Series: Kendra Chronicles #1
Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: December 29th 2009
Genres: Young Adult, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Fantasy & Magic, Social Issues, Adolescence
Pages: 336
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two-stars

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 fairytales in general and Beauty and the Beast in particular, but I was hesitant to read this. I’m not a big fan of YA, and I wasn’t sure how a modern retelling of a fairytale would work. I ended up enjoying the story, though I had to set aside a large chunk of disbelief to make it work.

The problem is this is written as a contemporary novel with the witch’s curse as the only fantastical element. That made the Beast’s imprisonment of Beauty harder to take, since, in the modern-day world, a young girl being forced to live in a house alone with a monster would be hard to hide. Especially since she was a high school student who attended a very posh private school on scholarship. I had a hard time believing no one noticed she was missing or went looking for her.

I wasn’t really sold on the romance. In part, I think, because this is told in first person from Kyle/Aiden/Beast’s point of view.  Lindy was essentially kidnapped and forced to spend time with him, so, while I felt a friendship form between them, I didn’t really buy into the everlasting love they supposedly felt.

Still, the journey of self-discovery the Beast took was interesting and made for a good read. His selfish, awful actions in the beginning were well written, which made his eventual transformation from evil boy to gentle beast believable and wonderful.

I did like the story enough that I may search out the movie. My daughter watched it when it was first released and really enjoyed it. I will say she really enjoyed the book when it was first released, so it may be a case of me being a bit too old for this.

One thing I’d like to note is how terrible the editing in my copy was. I downloaded this for my Nook when it was a temporarily free read, and the number of typos and misspellings was ridiculous. I’m surprised a bestseller that was optioned for film wasn’t cleaned up better.

2.75 out of 5

two-stars


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Book Watch: Towering by Alex Flinn

Posted February 1, 2013 by Rowena in Promotions | 1 Comment


I’ve only read Beastly by Alex Flinn but I’ve been meaning to read more of her books.  I’m a fan of the story of Rapunzel so I want to read this one.

At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on. Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying. 

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her. 

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again. 

Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next!

This book comes out on May 14, 2013 so mark your calendars, it sounds like a good one!


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Guest Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Posted February 2, 2012 by TG in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

TG‘s review of Beastly (Beastly, Book 1) by Alex Finn

A beast. Not quite wolf or gorilla or dog, but a horrible new creature with fangs, claws, and hair springing from every pore. I am a walking monster.
You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is new york city. The time is now. And I’ll stay this way forever —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, the perfect girl, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

In this breathtaking re-telling of the classic story Beauty and the Beast, Kyle Kingsbury is our beast. He thinks he has it all. But his perspective is soon turned when he meets the witch of his dreams- and nightmares. Because of his own insolence, Kendra, the witch, cursed him with his true form. But, there is no penance with out a reprieve. To return to normal, a girl had to to fall in love with him, and he with her. . . . Oh, right, she also had to kiss him. Sound familiar? Just wait until you find out who our modest beauty is going to be. . .

I liked this book because of its similarities to one of my favorite childhood stories, but also for its individual style and tone. Not to mention that it’s from the point of view of our beast. This is a pleaser for all young adult lovers. I hope you can love it just as well as I do. This is the first of Alex Flinn’s books I’ve read, and my first impression of her is someone well devoted to her career, and someone with a confident, easy-to-read writing style. This book is a winner. . . . Happy reading!

4 out of 5

This book is available from HarperTeen. You can buy it here or here in ebook format.


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Review: Beastly by Alex Finn.

Posted July 6, 2010 by Rowena in Reviews | 12 Comments


Main Characters: Kyle Kingson, Lindy
Series: None

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 started this book and then had to stop reading it because my niece wanted to read it. I had other books up for review that I had to read so I let her read it first. When I finally came back to reading it, enough time had passed that I had to start all over from the beginning and holy goodness am I glad that I came back to this book.

This book has got me so excited for the movie that will be released next year starring Vanessa Anne Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer, oh and Mary-Kate Olsen. I’m going to be honest and say that I heard about the book because I saw the trailer for the movie. I was super excited for the movie and can happily report that I’m super excited for the movie now, because I’m excited to see how different the movie will be from the book.

This book is a modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. We’ve got our beast, Kyle Kingsbury and our beauty, Lindy. When we first meet Kyle, he’s the hottest teenager around and he knows it. He’s popular, he’s good looking and he’s an asshole. He thinks that just because he’s one good looking little you know what that he could get away with anything. He doesn’t have to mind his manners, he doesn’t have to be a decent human being because pretty people can do whatever the heck they want. Well, they can until they piss off a witch.

Kyle pisses off Kendra the witch and she puts him under a spell that he has two years to break. She turns him into a beast that is as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside. He has two years to change his ways and find someone to love him before she turns him back to his once beautiful self. If he fails then he’ll live the rest of his life as the beast and that’s the last thing Kyle wants.

Kyle’s father is all about the looks and when he finds his son is turned into a hairy beast, he ditches him and leaves Kyle to deal with everything on his own. There was only two people in the whole world that stuck by Kyle right from the beginning and I adored both Magda and Will. Will was the bomb and so was Magda.

The emotional journey that Kyle goes through in this story is at times touching and at times maddening. He had a short temper and he was always lashing out but once he started getting the lesson and applying himself to actually changing, he turned into such a beautiful character who captured your heart and didn’t let go. Finn did a phenomenal job of sucking you into the story between Kyle/Adrian and Lindy.

As much as you felt for Kyle, you felt just as much for Lindy. Lindy was a fantastic character and her reaction to everything that happened to her was totally believable and knowing her made me want to be her friend. She was perfect for Kyle and once she comes into the picture, you won’t be able to help cheering these two on. Finn weaved a tale that is captivating, enchanting and leaves you wanting more. I enjoyed the chat sessions between Silent, Grizzly and the other characters from the other fairy tales. From my understanding, more of these re-tellings are in the works? Cloaked sounds like it would be the frog’s story and I can’t wait to read it.

If you’re a fan of fairy tales than I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading this book. It was beautifully written and you’ll find a cast of characters that you won’t want to leave. It’s a great book and I highly recommend everyone read it.

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