Feb 242011

Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: October 1, 2007
Pages: 304
Source: Library

Beastly (Kendra Chronicles, #1)

From Goodreads:
I am a beast.

A beast!

Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. 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.


Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time. I so wanted to love this book. And I just didn’t :(

Beastly had the potential to be awesome. A modern retelling of one of the best stories of all time? Sign me up! Unfortunately, I just couldn’t connect with the characters on an emotional level. I should have felt extreme sadness for Linda being forced to stay with Kyle. I should have strongly disliked Kyle for being such a jerk and then love him when he realized what an ass he was. And yet, my feelings were purely on a shallow level. I think I felt what I did because I knew how I should feel – does that make sense? Which looking back, may have doomed the book for me from the get-go.

While the book was a modern take, I didn’t care for the chat room dialogue in between the sections of the book. It seemed forced and oddly out of place even though it was supposed to be a current retelling.

I will say that I did enjoy the underlying premise that it was a modern take. All of the elements were there, it just fell a bit short for me. I know Alex Flinn has written other fairy tale retellings, and I may have to give another one a shot. I do plan on seeing the movie when it is released in a few weeks and I’m crossing my fingers I will enjoy it.

  15 Responses to “Beastly by Alex Flinn”

  1. Tara, thanks so much for such an honest review! Personally, those are always the best! ive read so many good things about this book, its good to see the “other” side to it, you know what i mean!? thanks for sharing your thoughts, girly :)


  2. I rather liked this one for the cute fluff that it was, but I definitely understand where you’re coming from. Fabulous and balanced honesty, Tara :)

  3. I felt the SAME way about this book. I really wanted to love it, too. Beauty & the Beast is my favorite Disney story. However, this version just didn’t do it for me. I’m hoping the movie will be better. It’s Alex Pettyfer, how can it not?! haha

  4. We felt many the same things about this book! Those chat rooms…lol. Great review! :)

  5. Bum deal, Tara. I haven’t read this one because I’ve heard similar things. Lots of potential, but lacking in content.

    I think I will just watch the movie instead. :P

  6. Shoot! I was really looking forward to this one since Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favorites as well. Characters are the most important part for me, so not being able to connect to them is a bit of a problem. Fabulous review as always though Tara!

  7. Same here…Liked the message, but the story just wasn’t all the way there for me! I still can’t wait for the movie. :)

  8. I agree about the chat room conversations – they interrupted the story in a weird way and made it disjointed. It will be interesting to see how the book and the Beauty and the Beast story translates in the movie. Great review :)

  9. Doesn’t matter. We are going to see the movie together. Final answer.

  10. I’ll watch the movie too! I read the book last year and I had a lot of the same reservations that you did. I kept wanting to punch Kyle (thank goodness not my husband Kyle) in the face.

  11. I attempted reading this one, and couldn’t get into it. Loved the review though :)

  12. I may have to hold off on reading Beastly, but the movie looks alright, although I’m holding off on that until it’s on Netflix.

  13. I plan on seeing the movie too, mainly because of Alex Pettyfer(hides) I felt the same way about the book, it was a quick read but not a favorite. Great review!

  14. I haven’t read Beastly, though I am looking very much forward to the movie, but I was look forward to reading it. I wasn’t a fan of the other Flinn novel I read, Breathing Underwater, so to hear this one is disappointing too, makes me think I’ll not make it a priority read.

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