Beastly (Kendra Chronicles #1)
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.
My Beastly Review
Alex Flinn really brought me back to childhood with Beastly. I really enjoyed her modernized version of my Disney favorite Beauty and the Beast. It was a very captivating retelling. There is nothing I love more than a romantic happily ever after.
Kyle Kingsbury had it all, the fame, the looks, and the fortune. The only thing missing, his lack of compassion. I was drawn to Kyle’s character. He was stuck in a world that drains us of sensitivities. We all grow up to mimic an environment we were raised in. Kyle was just too blind to notice that looks and money are not everything. Cruelty blackens a soul, and for Kyle, his cruelty and insensitivities lead to the desecration of his handsomely good looks. I was upset to see his reaction to his curse. He just took it as another situation to talk or buy your way out. Although, I was extremely excited to see him turn a 360, and in the end, I hoped for his success.
Lindy was a unknown for me. There was not much to learn about her which made it hard to relate to her character. She was also slightly childish in the book to me. I did sympathize with her character. I also had an addicted father in my life early on. If you have ever had an addict in your life, you know you do not ever really have much, shelter nor money wise. I was glad to see her attempts to rise above it all, though. Lindy also shared a love of books with me. This boosted her up ever so slightly on my likable character list. I just wish her character was more developed during the story.
If you have ever seen Beauty and the Beast, then you pretty much have a decent idea how this story goes. It does have its differentiations, though. This is a more modern and mature version. There is also a movie based on this book. I watched that movie also, and let me say, it was nothing like this book! I was extremely disappointed. This book, though, was pretty great.
There were a couple of things I liked about this book that stood out the most for me. The chat room messages throughout the book were extremely interesting. It was really fascinating watching the “fairy tale” creatures communicating. I was eager to read more about their struggles in their “transformations”. The second part that stood out to me was Will’s character. He was the savior that Kyle needed. It was refreshing to see so much ambition and determination in a character. He too suffered with an abnormality. The last thing that really stood out for me about this book was the symbolism of the roses in this story. To me, they symbolized Kyle’s growing as an individual. Although there are many sizes, shapes, colors, and types, a rose is still a rose.
A fun re-telling of a classic tale
This was an enjoyable read. I couldn't put it down. What a page turner. I've always loved Beauty and the Beast and must say this is my favourite retelling of the tale. Great characters. The only reason I didn't give it a five was because the ending got a little cheesy, but that's my only gripe. Everything else was brilliant.
In this modern retelling of the well-known fairy-tale called The Beauty and the Beast, Flinn takes use to New York City, in the present. The book itself is amazing. While reading the book, I was so concentrated on it; only thinking about when I could read it next.
I've seen the movie before the book *slaps herself because should have read the book first* and so the book was spoiled. At least, they were really different except for the 'I turn in a beast, fall in love, then happily ever after'.
Here's something I haven't yet talked about in my book reviews: the cover of the book. The cover when looked at closely, can sometimes tell the reader some little thing about the book; which is now the case. In the book, Kyle (Adrian) gives Linda a white rose (See cover) ; which saves him from being a beast until he dies.
The writing is fun, and dark; which seems to be my favorite combination.
Kyle (Adrian) and Linda seemed to me as an amazing combination for a couple.
Alex Flinn's writing got me wanting for more, and so Cloaked, another book of hers, is in my To-Read List (TRL).
A Modern Twist
I enjoyed this modern twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. I despised the hero at the beginning (he was truly a beast inside!), but really liked him by the end. And I liked the heroine very much. The prose is clean and flows well, the story set-up worked for me, and despite a few believability issues (such as the perfect girl for him being able to stay away from her home for so long w/o raising concerns etc), I remained interested the entire book. I didn't fall madly in love with this story, but I'm glad I read it, and I think it's worth the read.
I tried to like this book...really
I tried to like this book. Even after hating the movie, I tried to give this book a chance. However, none of the characters, with the mild exception of Lindy, were even remotely good people. Kyle/Adrian just got worse as the book wore on. By 2/3 of the way through, I absolutely hated him and was repulsed that Will and Magda went along with his plans. I do not recommend this book to anyone unless you like characters that you will hate. On another note, the writing style was easy to read and the author's voice flowed nicely. I might like a different of the author's books.
Beastly? I think you mean AWSOME!! :D
Reader reviewed by Arianna
This book was AMAZING!! It's a great twist on the classic fairy-tale version of Beauty and the Beast, and it has great plot and action. A modern day story based in NYC, a teenage boy becomes "beastly" after he stood-up a witch (which he didn't know) at the school dance. As the story goes, he lives in isolation due to the way he now looks, and must find a girl who is willing to love him despite the way he looks within 2 years. The main character goes through some serious attitude changes with the help of the few friends/mentors he has left, and of course the girl he begins to fall in love with... A must read if you love fairy tales! (ME! lol) The way the book is written within a modern setting is very well-done, and the story is interesting throughout the whole book, one that you never want to put down until it's finished. An EXCELLENT read, and I highly recommend it to everyone!
This isnt your old school beauty an the beast.
Reader reviewed by meg
Its a curse to prove his true heart, a curse on a boy who never saw the true meaning of beauty. until now.
The story of beauty and the beast has been told million times over to many of us as children we watched an read as bell and the beast fell in love . But this my friends is new twist on a classic Beastly is the new generation of the classic story fi you love a romantic eye consuming sotry then im am more then sure this book will consume you as it did for me . Good for all teens everywhere read and fall in love with the new Beast.
Reader reviewed by Nikki (sng2098)
Beastly is a modern spin on Beauty and the Beast.
I honestly read this book because I saw the previews for the movie that comes out next year. I have to say I really liked this book. It put a really good spin on an old fairytale.
Kyle is the main character and he is a general "mean" guy, he's really good looking, has money, his father is a anchor man, but he's very mean to other people. A witch turns him into a beast and tells him he has to find love in two years or he's doomed to stay like that forever.
This book was written very well and the ending was kind of surprising.
Reader reviewed by gonkat93
I absolutely give this book two thumbs up. If you are a fan of the original Beauty and The Beast, then you will loove Beastly.
This book is set in modern time New York City and from the "Beasts" point of view. This teenage boy finds himself to be revolved around looks and money to get what he wants. This witch casts a spell on him and makes him ugly in the outside. The only way for him to go back to normal is to make someone fall in love with his inner self dispite his outer flaws.
You must read this book to see the twists added to this version of the story.
Also, this book is being turned into a movie. Dont miss it!!
From Snob to Prince Charming
Reader reviewed by Lena
Beastly is a modern adaptation of the tale Beauty and the Beast. It's told through the "Beast" aka Kyle Kingston's point of view. The setting? Where else? New York City, baby! Anyway...
Kyle Kingston has it all. Popularity, looks, money, the works. He doesn't care who he hurts. In fact, he takes pleasure in it. Then he meets Kendra, the goth girl. He decides to play a cruel joke on her. Of course, what goes around usually comes around. Kendra is actually a witch and casts a spell on Kyle. She turns him into this hideous beast. The only way to turn him back is for him to find someone to love him and love her in return. Sound familiar? I hope so.
When I first started Beastly, all I could think about was what an jerk Kyle is. He's arrogant, proud and takes pleasure in hurting others. He's that person you see walking down the hall and want to trip.
As the story continues, you meet the "Belle" in the story. I would say who she is, but I don't want to spoil it. Just like the fairy tale, she's very distant and very uncooperative. As they start getting to know each other, their friendship grows. Kyle starts to change. For the first time in his life, he cares for someone other than himself. Dare I say, Kyle has fallen in love with her? Oooh la la! The only thing is, can someone like her fall in love with the Beast?
The book is broken down into several different sections. You get the beginning, pieces of the middle and the conclusion with an epilogue. There are certain things I liked about the story. I like watching the relationships develope. Not just the relationship between the Beast and Belle, but also with the other people in Kyle's life. I like to think of those people as the "Mrs. Pots" and "Lumiere." I also liked how the witch played a more significant role in this retelling.
The negatives: There are things that bothered me. The main thing I didn't like is Kyle himself. Even when he changed, he still bothered me. And the internet conversations? I mean, really? Cute, but utterly reaked of cheese.
For the most part, I did enjoy the story. It's short, it's sweet, it's a fairy tale. I finished it in one sitting, and I'm sure you will too.