Thursday, February 19, 2009

Beastly (Review By Elise)

By Alex Flinn

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. (

Review (by Guest, Elise)-
Character Developement: 9/10
Voice: 8/10
Originality: 7/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 10/10
Total Score: 43
Recommendation: A
Cussing Amount: There's a fair amount of cussing
Drugs, Alcohol, Etc.: I can't remember too much, but usually I just block these type of things out of my mind.
Sexual Content: It is subjective, but definitely and prominently there.
Aimed at: (14 and up)

This was a great book! It tied the classic story of Beauty and the Beast perfectly with a modern day adaptation. Being honest, I really didn't like the beginning. At the beginning, before Kyle transforms, he is just a real jerk. It bugs me to death. I couldn't stand reading it. But it was definitely essential to the story, and the changes that took place in him. It was a quick read, and kept you hooked the entire way. There is a fantastic twist at the end, which, if you're sharp, you might even recognize it would happen from the start. I fell in love with all the main characters, including Kyle (after a transformation took place inside of him). At the beginning of each new part, there was a chat box. In this, internet discussions occured between other bewitched teenagers. It included a frog, a mermaid, and other creatures that came about by magic. This added interest to other stories and sometimes foreshadowing to what you would learn next. Overall... fantastic read.


1 comment:

Ashley said...

I loved this one! :)