Thursday, May 5, 2011

Beastly by Alex Finn

Author: Alex Finn
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: October 2, 2007
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This book is a modern day re-telling of the classic Beauty & The Beast story. This particular version is also now a major motion picture. I picked it up after finishing Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, because I felt like I need a book chaser that would leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy and Beastly did not disappointe.

Beastly tells the story of Kyle Kingsbury a rich news anchors son with a bad attitude. After ditching a girl, who turns out to be a witch, at a dance he is turned in to a beast. The reader gets to see how being turned in to a monster allows Kyle to discover just how human he is. How his past actions affected those around him and how superficial his life was.

I was surprised by home much I actually enjoyed this book. I honestly read it just to get thoughts of Mockingjay out of my head, wanting something quick, painless, and forgettable. Mid-way through though I found myself loving the character growth and the love that develops between Lindy & Adrian. In many young adult novels ,especially those released recently, the love the two characters have seems to be forced. They are brought together by some event and are madly attracted to each other, there is a love triangle, and eventually the female lead picks the guy she was destined for. Beastly is a much needed break from this too played out scenario.

If you are looking for a light, enjoyable read that you will still take something away from I would defiantly recommend Beastly. Plus, who doesn't enjoy reading a fairy tale?


  1. I love the retelling of fairy tales, and Beauty & the Beast has been a favorite of mine for a long time. This is on my reading list (and actually next in my Netflix queue, hahaha--we'll see if the movie can hold up to the book, slim of a chance may it be), and the only thing stopping me is that I want to know how close to the original format is the novel? Did they just keep the single aspect of turned-into-beast-for-being-a-little-snot-and-redeemed-by-love, or is there more of the other factors that gives B&tB it's real depth (financial ruin, dependance on father figure alone, choice of young girl of family over self, and so on)?


  2. I actually really liked this book! However, I will admit I liked the appearance of the beast better in the movie ;), first it was ALEX PETTYFER!! and second in the book I remember him being described as more of the Disney's beast, and in the movie the way he looked just looked really awesome!

  3. I was scared to read this book, but your review convinced me otherwise. Maybe I'll give it a go! I don't know about the movie though....

    Marie @ Marie's Bookworm Blog

  4. i like the book better than the movies....

  5. I really like the book! and the movie was ok..