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Beastly (Beastly #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  132,079 ratings  ·  7,600 reviews
I am a beast.

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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2007)
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May 29, 2014 Cara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romanitcs
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
So this book has been around for awhile and my sister actually had read it when it first came out and when I asked her how she liked it she said, "It was interesting but kind of cheesy with the internal dialogue. It was eh." But then I saw the movie trailer so of course I had to read the book and see what the deal was. This always happen to me, I think, It's going to be made into a movie? Oh I gotta read that. Then I whip my head around and see I do the same thing like everyone else! Final verd ...more
Wendy Darling
It's hard to feel interest in characters who are so shallow and dull. An interesting concept, but a book lacking in any real depth or beauty or emotion.
Kyle Kingsbury is rich, tall, blond, perfect .... and a spoiled teenager that take pleasure breaking young girls hearts. Really a awful person that deserve a witch lesson about inside beauty.

Well... books exist to this motive... take us to charming and delight worlds helping us to forget the real world we live... place that acclaim anorexic models (that look like dead womans walking) as feminine beauty to follow.

No place to moral lesson, so going on with my review, I may say that this book (as
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It might even be my favorite fairy tale retelling that I've read so far.
So, I am very, VERY relieved that I enjoyed this. I was beginning to wonder if I just didn't like Fairy Tale Re-tellings, but this one pulled me out of the slump!
I am so glad that Alex Flinn stuck with the "Beauty and the Beast" story... She made it modern, but didn't change the BIG details.

Our Beast, Kyle is a high schooler, a very rich, very good looking (as he describes himself, so obviously he's totally modest right?!?!?) one. He values looks and money over everything. He can't even look a
'Beauty and the Beast' has always been a favorite fairy tale for me. Therefore reading this had me quite exciting. I had already seen the movie and enjoyed it and I was pleasantly surprised when I learned about the book.

This retelling takes place in a more modern day world, and starts with our "Beast" - Kyle. A rich, spoiled, popular pretty-boy who seems to have it all. When he plays a prank on the wrong girl he is cursed into a beast and we quickly learn this guy had nothing. He is moved to a
Jan 04, 2011 Joyzi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Alex Pettyfer, peeps who loves fairy tale retellings
Recommended to Joyzi by: clevvertv
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I've been curious to read this ever since I've watched the new movie trailer of this book which will stars Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens, and that would be showing on March 2011. I love Alex Pettyfer and I really wanted to read the book first so I'll have an idea what will be going on when I'm gonna watch the film.

The reason that I gave it 3 stars is because I have
Cait Grace
Oh, help. This book did not work for me at all.I think books really run risks when they a) retell a fairy tale without a speck of imagination from the original, and b) pop onto a very tall platform and start to preach. Seriously: SO PREACHY. All about how beauty is on the inside, blah blah. And yet shallow. a really awful message.

Like, I could be wrong, but by the end of the book EVERYONE got "fixed". So in order to have a good life, you have to be cured and perfect and good loo
Mar 08, 2011 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Hannahr
Beastly by Alex Flinn is a creative, modern telling of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. In this book, Flinn develops a twist to the story by narrating the events from the Beast’s perspective but in a current day setting. I was rather pleased with the book in many regards, and I’m looking forward to seeing this book translated to screen ((not just for obvious reasons... ahem...ahem... Prettyface)) but I think there’s an opportunity to see a few themes pulled from Beastly, so I’m curious to se ...more
One of my favorite fairytales as a child was Beauty and the Beast. I liked the Disney cartoon, loved the wonderful creepiness of Jean Cocteau’s La belle et la bête, yet my absolute favorite version of the tale was Marianna Meyer’s Beauty and the Beast with Mercer Mayer’s great illustrations. When I picked up Beastly, I was looking forward to reading a modern retelling of the story. However, as I finished it, I was ultimately disappointed.

The book starts off well enough. Kyle Kingsbury’s the Adon
Aik Chien 인첸
This book is a charming retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. The author added some twists and turns to make the story differ from the original version. And this is what that makes it an enjoyable book.

Kyle Kingsbury is the son of a famous and wealthy newsman, and he also has what it takes to make girls swoon over him - good looks. His life is perfect, yet deep inside, he isn't. When he plays an evil trick on a fat, ugly girl named Kendra, he is cursed to become what he really is - a b
Sep 05, 2010 Lina rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Beauty and the Beast
Since before I was old enough to talk, Disney's Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite movies of all time. When other girls idolized real life celebrities, I idolized Belle. She was beautiful, independent and, most of all, smart. As I grew up, I learnt more about the origins of the story, I became intrigued. [For those unaware, the original story of Beauty and the Beast was to teach young women to be open to arranged marriages.] As it is a classic, there are multiple versions of the story a ...more
Kimberley doruyter
it was better then the movie, truer to the original story.
Perhaps I was tired and feeling a little raw when I read this in one four-hour sitting, but that isn't the only reason I got a catch in my throat and a drop in my eye. It follows the fairy tale closely, and I still was taken in by this story. This might be a love story that male readers can stomach, even enjoy. Could the female character have been more richly developed? Sure. Could either of the fathers in the book have been more fully-formed? You bet. But I think this is a good story, well told ...more
Blah is the word to describe this novel.
Blah, blah, blah, and more blahs.
I got it because I want to see the movie, I'll admit it. And I hope it's a whole lot better than this book.
It's a remake, modern-take on Beauty and the Beast. From the beast's point-of-view. I don't know, maybe some people enjoy reading a book that is kind of a silly take on themes that could be a bit more serious. Personally, I couldn't finish this because it was very boring, and the characters seemed lacking, stereotypica
Jan 25, 2010 Hannah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Hannah by: Hanneybean
Shelves: ya, 2010-reads
Beastly started slow, but as the story progressed, picked up speed and ended with a satisfying conclusion. The character of Kyle Kingsbury (aka the Beast) developed gradually and realistically.

I didn't know if I'd enjoy this YA book at first, (due to the noted slow start), but by 1/4 of the way in, I was invested and looked forward to seeing how author Flinn would bring the classic fairy tale to it's end within the modern setting.

There is some profanity, and some suggestive dialog, but nothing h
Apr 30, 2009 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009, ya
I enjoyed this new take on Beauty and the Beast. It was definitely an easy read, I finished this 300-page book within about 3 hours. The message about inside and outside beauty is a good one for young teens. I don't really think this book would have been very interesting for older teens, 10-13 year-olds is a target audience.

Having said that, this was an uneven book. It started very strong, but fizzled a little by the end. It just became a bit too simplistic and cheesy and the lessons learned in
Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
A modern Beauty & the Beast, this story has it all - romance, angst, realism, humour & action. I loved every moment of it.

Honestly, I learned about Beastly through the news that Alex Pettyfer was going to play the main hero in the movie adaptation, but it was the fact that the plot was based on my favourite fairytale that made me eager to read it. I was a little cautious about starting it, but once I began, there was no stopping.

Beastly is a modern rendition of a man without kindness cha
I truly enjoyed this book - which is no surprise considering my soft spot for fairy tales! I love a good fractured fairy tale, and this was no exception. The character development was wonderful. At the beginning of the story, I truly hated the main character and felt he definitely deserved to be turned into a beast! But I did change my feelings as his actions and thoughts took a turn for the better.

I highly recommend this modern day version of 'Beauty and the Beast.'
Beastly is an updated and contemporary twist on the well-known fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. Instead of a prince and a castle, we have Kyle Kingsbury and his brownstone in Brooklyn. Kyle is a very good looking high school freshman, and of course he is spoiled rotten and is the biggest JERK alive. Thus, a witch turns him into the true beast that he is. And we all know that the spell can only be broken with true love’s first kiss! But who could learn to love a beast?

One of the things I liked a
“Magic. It was magic, and the magic is called love.”

Beastly is a heartwarming, wonderfully retold version of Beauty and the Beast. It is a very delightful read, with the chat sessions, the modern-day setting, the wide range of emotions, lots of references to classics, and tons of roses. It is just perfect. I expected a fairy tale retold, I’m not disappointed.

The story deals with important issues, such as inner values over appearance, abandoned children, the parent-child relationship, true fr
Oh my heart just melted into a gooey mozzarella cheese...


"That's what true love should be like - the person should be a part of your soul and you should know what they're feeling all the time."

Beastly is a fun, quick, enjoyable re-telling of the popular fairytale; Beauty and the Beast.
Well written, with great characters and a great plot, I finished the book in one sitting and went out to recommend it to anyone who'll listen a second after.

The first thing that attracted me to the book was th
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Colleen Houck
I listened to this as an audiobook. I really liked being able to exercize and read at the same time. A creative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, though hearing it from the Beast's perspective made me not like him as much. We got really up close and personal with what a guy who is a big enough jerk to deserve a curse like that would be like and I had a hard time coming back from that and liking him. Kept picturing Vanessa Hudgens so it ruined Lindy a bit for me. I liked that there was a rose na ...more
Nina Rapsodia
Jan 17, 2015 Nina Rapsodia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los que les gustan los retellings
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
Shelves: 2014

Este libro es de esos que spoilean otros asi que CUIDADO. Tiene tiene spoilers de Nuestra señora de París de Victor Hugo, La Princesa prometida de William Goldman y Jane Eyre de Charlotte Brontë. Una pena que nadie me lo advirtió PORQUE ME LOS TRAGUÉ TODOS.

Asi que avisados quedan. Pero vamos a continuar con las cosas divertidas, o sea con la reseña como tal. Muchos creerán que no me gusta el romance. Que nada podria llegarme a la patata, pero si que hay cosas que me pueden. Y la histori
Nov 14, 2010 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fairytale Story Lovers
Nice, how the story started with the techy-way of chatting between beast and other fairy tale transformed creatures, like the mermaid, the froggie and the grizzlyguy. And there was Snow White as well :D

Well, another good version of “The Beauty And The Beast”. The hero’s evil character was very well justified by his upbringing having only his dad to take care of him, although I’m not sure if he really did :D well, at least his money did. And well, a spoiled brat, pompous and super egocentric, an
Jan 24, 2012 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009, ya
Like most of the female species, I was a lover of fairy tales growing up and Beauty and the Beast was among my favorites. I have read several adaptations of the tale, but Beastly is by far the best I’ve read to date.

Beastly, unlike many adaptations, is told from the view point of the Beast, aka, Kyle. Kyle is a beautiful, popular and rich teenage boy whose life has known nothing but privilege and nothing of love. Son of a famous newscaster and a mother who left him long ago, Kyle has no semblanc
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I was amazed at how easy it was to hate a main character. I guess the author was hoping you would look past this and continue on with the story. I did, but only because I figured it this book was true to the fairy tale, he couldn’t stay like this for the entire story. I was right, but I don’t think he redeemed himself very well. It almost seemed like instead of changing and becoming a better person, he just managed to find someone to overlook his faults and love him anyway. Which, I guess is the ...more
Beastly was probably one of the best fairy-tale retelling that I ever read. I loved how much detail was included from the original version, but also had it's own uniqueness added to it. The internet chats were to cute and I just thought this was incredible sweet and touching read.
I've had this on my shelf forever and took it out when I realized that it's now in movies, I can already tell it's not the book, but still, I look forward to seeing the differences.
All in all, Beastly was a very well do
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Cute story. :) I'm a sucker for fairytale retellings. This was one of those books that was just so cute it was impossible not to like. Kyle/Adrian was a good narrator – maybe a little exaggerated, but I liked him. I thought the end was a little rushed and everything was a little too perfect, and I didn't really understand the significance of the chatroom thing; it was cute and funny, I just didn't know why it was important. But anyway, it was good. I recommend it if you're looking for one of tho ...more
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