Delightfully old Review of Beastly by Alex Finn

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Title:  Beastly
Author:  Alex Flinn
Pages:  329
Rating:  ⭐⭐ (2/5)
Read:  21. Nov. 2015


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.


As you can probably tell, this book is a retelling of Beauty and the beast. It sticks close to the Disney movie version.

At first, I wanted to rate this book three stars. But I took a little break from this book, and now sadly my opinion has changed. It is definitely nowhere near three stars.

This book has an “okay” writing style. What I mean by that is, that for a book focussing on inner beauty and how it is important to see what is underneath the surface, we get very little detail. Once in a while, there are moments with a lot of potential, but they all fall flat, because of the lack of description and detail.

I have a few issues with this book despite that. And one of the biggest is the ending. What the book tried to show us, is that love doesn’t focus on the outer appearance but rather the character a person has. But, did it achieve that? No.

While Kyle goes through some changes, he doesn’t really get to the point where he truly understands what inner beauty means. I felt like he and Lindy both still focused on the appearance.

“The magic is over, but its effects will live forever.”

Yeah, I doubt that!

Even Lindy talks about the looks in the end. And she even reveals that she liked “old Kyle” because of his …. handsomeness!

Oh, and the dialogue between Lindy and Kyle shortly after her “moving in”?

“Are you crazy? You’ve kidnapped me! You’re a kidnapper.
“I didn’t kidnap you. Your father gave you to me.”
“He was forced to.”
That got me mad. “Yeah, right. He broke into my house. Did he tell you that? He was robbing me. I have the whole thing on surveillance. and then, instead of taking his punishment like a man, he brought you here to take it for him. He was willing to sell you to save himself.”

Is this supposed to make her feel better? Or make me sympathize with him?

I liked that the book was written from his perspective. His voice was believable, but a bit too whiny for my taste. He changed from arrogant to whiny. He did focus a bit more on character and he started doing things for other people. But it was a bit too fast. Just like his love for his new hobby. But other than that, I loved it, that he cared for his roses that much. It was just very sudden. He never looks even twice at them and then just because Will (the blind private teacher) showed them to him, he immediately loved them?

The chats in between some chapters were kinda cute. They weren’t necessary for the story but changed it up a bit.

The end was really sugary sweet and a bit too much for me. “And all was well” kind of thing. Not only with Kyle and Lindy but with everyone else . . . yeah, no!

This is one of the books, I kinda enjoyed while reading (or at least didn’t dislike them while reading), but afterward I have a lot of issues with them.
This is a light and quick read, but nothing great in my opinion. It didn’t take any risks . . .


As you could probably tell, this is an old review that I decided to repost here. It was originally on my old blog that I decided to delete and Switch over here to wordpress because I find it much easier to handle. So expect to see a few other older reviews here in the next few weeks.


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