Beastly by Alex Flinn
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I saw the cover of the second book and liked it. Now I’ve read the first and well, I did not like it.
This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but nothing like A Court of Thorns and Roses. It was like watching the Disney movie put straight into a modern setting, where Belle (Lindy) develops Stockholm Syndrome. There also were a lot of references to books and movies every girl is supposed to have read/seen – I’m not one of them. This has bugged me in other books as well. Where are the other girls who have read J.R.R. Tolkien? Maybe I’m the only girl who haven’t read Jane Eyre…
Back to the book of this review! There were moments I really enjoyed, like comments about Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings (even tough the main character were taking down on people liking HP and LOTR).
I think I might have enjoyed this if I were younger. But as a 21 year old, this wasn’t my cup of tea.
“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.
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.”