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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...more
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Published October 1st 2008 by Turtleback Books (first published October 2nd 2007)
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Cara
May 29, 2014 Cara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Bookwatcher
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...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.
Kristy
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...more
Joyzi
Jan 04, 2011 Joyzi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Alex Pettyfer, peeps who loves fairy tale retellings
Recommended to Joyzi by: clevvertv
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZmOm3...

...Love is never ugly...

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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...more
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...more
Arlene
Mar 08, 2011 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Marija
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...more
Lina
Sep 05, 2010 Lina rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Terry
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
Hannah
Jan 25, 2010 Hannah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Tatiana
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...more
Jamie
'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...more
Exina
“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...more
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...more
Kc
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...more
Kristi
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...more
Tiff
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.'
Kim
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Heather
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...more
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
Julie
Nov 14, 2010 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Page (One Book At A Time)
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
~Tina~
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...more
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
Janette
Beauty and the Beast fans will enjoy this modern retelling. I thought the author did a great job of making the beast character likable--hard to do since he starts out such a jerk. And of course the theme is great: It's what's inside that counts.

Anyway, I couldn't put the book down, thus once again proving what a hopeless romantic I am when it comes to fairy tales.
Lofinkaa *True Hurts*
Greenhouse. Someone broke into a greenhouse, to my only sacred place. Without I changed, I ran into the living room and wide open door leading outside.

,,Who dares to disturb my roses?''

Why did I said that?


What a hilarious part, haha.

Beastly impressed me, like no other book for a long time. Someone may say that copying (based on the story of Beauty and the Beast), but I say that genius. Story is incredibly credible. There's a lot of parts, where could the main character, Kyle, identify with my pe...more
Simcsa
Kyle always had everything he wished for, he is popular, rich, blond and physically perfect. His father taught him that the physical apearance is the most important thing, so he mocks the ugly ones and doesn't care about anyone, but himself. But what if he wasn't beautiful? What if he looked like the ones he always considered worthless? What would he do, if he was a beast?

I hadn't managed to finish Flinn's book A Kiss in Time, so I didn't have big hopes for Beastly. I almost gave up on it, but I...more
Rachael
Beastly is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast in New York City told from the point of view of the beast. The beast in this story is Kyle Kingsbury, the son of a newscaster and probably the most popular boy at his elite school. He was placed under this spell by a witch named Kendra because he couldn’t look beyond people’s outer appearances.

Through the course of the story, Kyle changes his name, kidnaps a girl named Lindy to live with him in his seclusion, and gradually learns to see beyon...more
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I was born in a log cabin in the Big Woods of . . . okay, maybe not. I was born on Long Island, New York. When I was five years old, my mom said that I should be an author. I guess I must have nodded or something because, from that point on, every poem I ever wrote in school was submitted to Highlights or Cricket magazine. I was collecting rejection slips at age seven!

I learned to read early. But...more
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