Friday, February 25, 2011

Beastly - Review

Beastly by Alex Flinn

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.

When I first bought a copy of Beastly, it was mainly because I had known there would be a movie. I love seeing books get transformed into a visual representation of the words. Before Beastly, I had not read any Beauty and the Beast stories other than the Disney version.
My copy's cover is the poster for the movie but I do wish I had the original cover. I just love the font used in the title and chapters. I loved that the author chose to tell the story through the eyes of the beast. You really get to see how not only does he transform physically but emotionally too. I don't think I've read many Young Adult books in which the narrator is a male so it was interesting to get that perspective. 

One thing I found interesting is that the wicked witch was not so wicked. She did not leave the beast alone, she helped him get the girl. 
So my conclusion is that I really liked this book. It was very much enjoyable. Now I can't wait to see the movie! If you've read it let me know what you thought about it.

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