Saturday, May 1, 2010


Love is 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 the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.
(Summary from Amazon)

OVERALL RATING (3 out of 5) :

I picked this book up because I love the Disney creation of Beauty and the Beast, and Beastly is also being produced into a movie! How exciting! Comes out this summer in July. Impatiently waiting! I think it looks better than the book.. Anyway, Beastly is a modern-day depiction of Beauty and the Beast, as you probably already figured out, set in New York City. Kyle Kingsbury wasn't exactly a prince but the people around him treated him as one. He was a beautiful person with an ugly heart and after wronging so many people, especially the witch, he got what was coming to him. I really liked how there were online chat sessions with other fairytale characters such as the little mermaid and the frog prince. It contributed to make the story modernized and gave me a kind of comic relief. I make it a point to try to figure out plot twists while i'm reading a book and i'm usually right at the end so I really love it when books can surprise me which is exactly what Beastly did to me. Although this was a retelling of a classic fairytale, there were a few tiny plot twists that made me think 'whoa, really?.'
Overall this was a pretty good book but only a 3 out of 5. I thought more could have been done with the plot that wasn't done. Also, I thought it was kinda weird when he'd make comments in his head towards the girl like, 'Yes, my love' or 'I could warm you.' Maybe it's just me, but I thought it was creeper-ish. I'd say this is recommended for people who enjoy the classic Beauty and the Beast, and fairytale lovers in general.

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