Book Review | Beastly


Title: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Pages: 304

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Retellings

Published by: HarperTeen (January 1, 2007)


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.


What I Thought

I was pleasantly surprised with this book!  Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from it.  I had heard about Beastly, and I knew there was a movie, but I hadn’t heard a lot about what people actually thought of it.  All I knew was that it was a modern-day, Beauty and the Beast retelling, and its cover looks like it was designed for fans of Twilight.  I recently saw this book at the thrift store, and at only $0.40, I figured I had nothing to lose!

If I were to describe this book in one word, I would say it was nice.  It’s not an overly complex story or the most profound piece of literature I’ve ever read, or anything like that, but it is a very enjoyable book.  It keeps your attention very well, and it is not too big, so it could easily be finished in an afternoon.

This is a modern day retelling, but it is quite faithful to the Beauty and the Beast story line. The author did really good job modernizing the tale.  I think she did an excellent job incorporating the rose into the curse.  I also really liked the way she wrote Lindy’s, who is our Belle in this story, “imprisonment.”  In my opinion, it was a lot less creepy/captor-ish.

I found it very refreshing that Kyle, the beast, was narrating the story.  In most young adult romance novels, it is always the girl who is telling the story, and I liked that we were able to actually get the beast’s perspective.  It was very nice to be able to see Kyle’s views and opinions on life and looks change through his eyes, as opposed to just reading about it through Lindy’s perspective.  Because Kyle was the one narrating, the reader was really able to see where his heart was, and where his true intentions were.

This book is separated into six parts.  Before each part, it features the beast in a chat room, talking to other enchanted persons.  I thought this was a lot of fun!  It made me wish that Alex Flinn had written other stories, featuring some of those characters.

This book was also, clearly, written in 2007.  I just had to chuckle at the “modern” references that were made in this book.

All-in-all, this was a fun story.  It features a really good message about looks and beauty, and the importance of a kind heart, because looks truly are only skin-deep.  Beastly is one of those books that probably won’t change your life, but it will definitely put you in a good mood.  I would recommend this book to lovers of Beauty and the Beast or someone looking for a nice, enjoyable book.


6 Comments on “Book Review | Beastly

  1. I’m glad you like it. Sadly, I kind of hated.
    Beside the fact that I’ve read this almost 10 years ago and my hopes were pretty high — I remember that I didn’t enjoy it and I was so disappointed from it.

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    • Aww, that’s too bad! I went into this book with no expectations, which is why I think I actually enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about it! I am always curious about what other people think. 😊


  2. I’ve been thinking about picking this one up for a while now. I read A Court of Thrones and Roses a couple months ago and I’ve seen a bunch of people compare it to Beastly so I’m curios to see how much alike and different it is.

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    • You should; I’d love to hear what you thought! How interesting! I read A Court of Thorns and Roses, too, and aside from the fact that they are both Beauty and the Beast retellings, I didn’t see the stories having that much in common. I, personally, enjoyed Beastly more than A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I’m sure I’m the minority in that. Of course, I tend to enjoy contemporary and magical realism, as opposed to high fantasy.


      • I don’t normally like high fantasy (or fantasy in general)either, but I did enjoy ACOTAR. Not my favorite book ever, but I’m itching to read the sequel and see who she ends up with. I just don’t see Tamlin and her sticking together.

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      • I agree, I do plan on reading the sequel. I think part of my issue when I read ACOTAR was that I was in a huge reading slump when I read it, and since fantasy isn’t my go-to genre, I just wasn’t feeling it at all. I don’t think Tamplin and Feyre will stick together either. I’m also curious to learn more about Nesta in the sequel as well.


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