Friday, 16 July 2010

Review for Beastly by Alex Flinn

I really love reading fairytales and fairytale retellings, so with this being a modern retelling of my all time favourite fairytale Beauty and the Beast I knew I had to read it. This book has recently been made into a movie which looks pretty good so I wanted to get it read before the film comes out. I’ve heard nothing but good reviews for this book and I like the majority enjoyed it. Kyle Kingsbury is beautiful on the outside but ugly on the inside. All that matters to him is looks and he torments and pranks “the ugly kids” at school. His most recent prank is on Kendra the typical Goth girl at school. He invites her to go to the school dance and plans to humiliate her by turning up with the hottest girl in school and announcing to everyone that he never intended to be her escort. This time Kyle has messed with the wrong girl. Turns out that Kendra’s a witch and she casts a spell on Kyle to make his appearance reflect how hideous he is on the inside. However if he can find someone who can see the beauty inside him despite his appearance, get them to fall in love with him and him her and seal the deal with a kiss he will be returned to his former self. He has two years to break the spell, but lets face it how can anyone ever love someone whose so perfectly beastly? This book is a fun read whilst at the same time hitting some of the classic important issues raised in the Beauty and the Beast tale. This is a story of finding yourself, learning what’s important, and realising that beauty isn’t skin deep. I loved how Alex Flinn made this book modern and current using internet dating, being homeschooled and other such things whilst also keeping some of the things that makes the original so special and magical like the rose and the mirror. This is a really great book which I would recommend to everyone who loves fairytales young or old. I recently ordered off Amazon Alex Flinn’s latest fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty- A Kiss in Time which I’m very excited to read. A fun read that addresses some serious issues. 4 stars. My Rating 4/5 stars ****


  1. Hello there! Stopping by via the blog hop! I love your review on Beastly. I am really excited to see the movie.

    Have a great weekend!


  2. I just read this book a few weeks ago, and I pretty much agree with everything in your review! Wonderful job!

    Thank you for following my blog! I'm now a follower of yours as well. =D

  3. I thought I'd already commented on this post... WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE VANISHING COMMENTS? Anyway... I'm looking forward to this one myself, I bought it in the last Amazon haul and I've got the next one on my wishlist! In fact, I think I'm gonna go find the movie trailer right now!

  4. I really liked this one too, and can't wait to read A Kiss in Time. Fairy tale retellings are such fun :)

  5. Have you read a kiss in time yet? I read this one and I agree with your 4/5 rating. I'm really excited about Kiss in Time and hoping it lives up to my expectations.


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