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Friday, February 18, 2011

Beastly by Alex Finn

Author: Alex Finn
Source: Personal Purchase

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; Revised edition (February 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061963283
ISBN-13: 978-0061963285


Love is never ugly 

Now a major motion picture starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer 

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. 


I love books that retell my childhood fairy tale reads and movies.  In Beastly, we get a modern day story of Beauty and the Beast.

This book starts out strong and kept me very interested in the story.  While Kyle was a typical pretty boy jerk, you still get to see glimpse's of his good side that is hidden beneath. He has the perfect look that has gotten him almost anything along with Daddy's money.  When he meets Kendra, a witch, he makes fun of her and even stoops to humiliating her at the dance.  She puts a curse on him that night and by morning he wakes up as The Beast.  He only has 2 years to find true love to break the spell.

While I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, I did have one problem with it.  While we start off with a strong modern day fairy tale, at times I felt the author reverted back in time with it.  Just some of the things the characters would say, or the way Lindy would act made it feel too Disney themed at times.  Other than that, this book was an enjoyable read and kept me interested from page one up until the last word of the book.

This was a great story that I think not only teens will enjoy, but adults who love the fairy tale romance with a happily ever after that is guaranteed with the old fables we grew up on.  I can't wait to read the other books by this author!


Very Good! I would recommend this book!


According to IMDB .com, Beastly will be in theaters on March 4th, 2011 (USA).  While I can't wait to see the movie, especially with the perfect casting of Alex Pettyfer as Kyle/Adrian, but it is just a great modern day adaptation of the book.  While they didn't do a great job at casting Lindy, I am willing to overlook that.  They also didn't portray the Beast like they did in the book.  If you remember Beast from the Disney movie, that is how the book describes him.  In the movie preview below, you can definitely see that they changed the look of The Beast for the big screen. They also cast Mary Kate Olsen as the witch.  PERFECT! She fits that part and plays it perfectly.  The one other thing that bugs me about the preview/movie is they change the time line.  In the movie he has only one year, but in the book Kyle has two years. I still can't wait to watch it though!



Blogger Amber at The Musings of ALMYBNENR said...

Great review!

Huh. I haven't read this book yet and because of that, I may end up seeing the movie first. But either way, I will get to both. Does Vanessa not fit the character's description or something? I haven't read it, but I keep seeing people around the blogs saying the same thing, that she's not right for the part. Or is it just a personal thing? I had no idea Mary Kate was in this movie...that's pretty cool. I'll have to watch the previews on television more closely.

I also can't wait to see Red Riding Hood. That one is coming out around the same time. I bought the book at Target a few weeks ago, but haven't read that yet either.

February 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Amy J said...

No, in the book Lindy is described as red hair, freckles, and average looking.

Vanessa doesn't fit because of the description in my opinion...LOL

I read Red Riding Hood and was disappointed in it, but I hope you have better luck with it!

February 18, 2011 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Amber at The Musings of ALMYBNENR said...

Thanks for the info, Amy! Haha yes, then Vanessa definitely isn't right. Oh well. And they probably should have stuck to making Alex look like a beast like in the book. The way he is in the movie, well, some kids look that way on purpose today LOL! It doesn't seem much of a stretch to me.

Whenever I get around to RRH, I'll put my thoughts up on the blog. :)

February 18, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to read this book forever! Hopefully this year I'll be able to finally read it. I want to watch the movie too :)

February 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger  flanpnhfpnanfnFN said...

I'm so glad you liked the book (almost) as much as I did :P

The movie is COMPLETLY different from the book. I've been following it's progress since 2009 (yes i'm that obsessed). But I'll still have to go and see it, especially since Alex is in it. :)

Great Review!


February 18, 2011 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger LuAnn said...

The previews for the movie look really intriguing.

February 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

I really enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to the movie.

February 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Witchy Woman said...

I think I'll end up seeing the movie before I have a chance to read the book. I like the movie preview. And Olsen looks like one very wicked witch. And I do so love...witches!

February 18, 2011 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger CHRISTIE said...

Great review! This one sounds interesting.

February 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger The Romance Girl said...

I don't like the movie-based book cover for this one.

February 18, 2011 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger TK Richardson said...

Oh, I can't wait for this! The story sounds so great.

February 18, 2011 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great review, I didn't realize that there was a book about the movie...or should I say movie about the book. I do have this movie on my to see list so maybe I should look into reading the book first...

February 19, 2011 at 2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I so want to see this movie!! Great review!


February 19, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger IrishHousewife said...

Am I the only one who prefers the Beast characters look rather than his "pretty face"? He's much hotter that way! :) But then I'm not into the model looking types myself. Can't wait to see this. I'll have to catch I Am Number Four while I'm waiting!

March 13, 2011 at 5:21 PM  

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