Friday, December 18, 2009

Beastly by Alex Flinn

****Beastly by Alex Flinn****

Originality- 12/20
Characters- 14/20
Remembrance- 6/10
Quote-ability- 5/10
Entertainment- 18/20
Ending- 7/10
Recommend to read- 8/10
TOTAL- 70/100
Grade- C

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.

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I'm fascinated by fairy-tales, and while I don't normally enjoy modern versions, I figured that I should take what I get. The book isn't the best - the main character does a complete personality flip: from rich snob, to emo poet-dude. The girl wasn't very original, either. A more tolerable version of the classic slightly-resisting swooning maiden. And of course, she loves books. Go figure.

This book is fun to read, because you can compare it easily to Beauty And The Beast. The cover may be a downer, and you may assume that the main character is some beast who comes out at night and rips people's heads off, but the story is actually rather light-hearted. I really liked it, despite it's minor faults that brought it's grade down. I recommend it.

-Taylor

1 comment:

Becky said...

I'm not really into to fairy tale retellings but I love Beauty and the Beast.