Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review ~ Beastly by Alex Finn

TITLE: Beastly
AUTHOR: Alex Finn
TYPE: Young Adult fairytale re-take
PAGES: 304

I saw this at the book store and since I’m a sucker for fairy-tale remakes I had to see what the hype is all about.

SUMMARY (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

Overall I thought the book was okay. It is really the traditional version of Beauty and the Beast (well Disney version anyhow) the catch is the modern re-telling of the story. Beast is a rich, pretty, popular kid at school and Beauty is the quiet shy girl who is also poor.
It worked but wasn’t anything great that really stood out.

- I did like the chat sessions between Beast and the other magical creatures out there. They were fun to read.
- I liked that the Beauty wasn’t really a drop dead gorgeous girl she was in fact kind of plane what made her beautiful was her kindness.
- I did like that what made Beast a beast was not just his selfishness but his home life contributed quite a bit.

- The story was just the same old story I saw with Disney I just didn’t expect it to be so average I was really just hoping for something more something that reached out and grabbed me.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Yes I am passing on this so if you are interested in picking up a copy leave a comment and be entered to win this or any book off my giveaway shelf!

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Reviewing Next:
Twilight’s Dawn by Anne Bishop

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