Here's the review!
AUTHOR: 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 the money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.
(from inside cover)
GOOD STUFF: It has a great plot that follows the Beauty and the Beast tale, mostly relatable characters, and the author had great ideas that made it different from the classic Beauty and the Beast.
BAD STUFF: Sadly it had to have some language, and some other innapropriate things that made me say to myself, "Why did you have to ruin it by putting this in there?" Also, some certain things are implied. I'm just being honest.
COMMENTS: I personally liked the book and read it really fast. I grew up watching Beauty and the Beast all the time and Alex Flinn but on a modern spin. It was cool because I kinda knew what was going to happen, but yet at the same time I didn't.
I was upset though that the author put bad stuff in there, she could have easily not included it and nothing would have been changed really.
I loved watching how Kyle changed from beginning to end, especially in his relationships with the maid/housekeeper, Magda, and with his tutor, Will.
At the beginning, everything was about looks for Kyle, but that was all changed when the witch turned him into a beast and he needed to find someone to love him before two years was over. Overall, I think Beastly reminds us that it's not all about the outward appearance, but that it's actually about what's in your heart.
RATING: 3.5 roses out of 5 because of the brief, but still bad all the same, stuff in there
RECOMMENDED READERS: 13-19 or older? That's who I would recommend it to anyway.
COMPANION BOOKS: I think she's still writing, but there is another book out called Cloaked about the Frog Prince I think. Also, there is a movie of Beastly but you definitly need to read the book before you see it if you choose to see it. I'll include the trailer that I watched and (sorry) hated because they changed a lot of things. Also, the trailer contains spoilers, maybe you should watch it after you read the book :)
1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”