Beastly by Alex Flinn

Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Series: Stand alone book 
Source: Personal Copy
Format: Paperback
Genre: Speculative Fiction - Fantasy
Synopsis (from author's page):
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.

The Adonis of Tuttle Prep, Kyle Kingsbury, owns just about everything that a person could dream of: a good look, an excellent build, a bunch of cool friends and a handful of money. All these put him on top of the school’s popularity chart, makes him the King, who is loved by everyone in the school. Well, at least that is what he makes himself believes. The situation turns ugly when Kyle decides to play a trick on a fat, ugly girl named Kendra without realising who she really is. His evil plan backfire, causing him to be cursed, where he is turned into who he really is in the inside – A Beast. Without falling in love and being truly loved in return, Kyle will remain as a beast... forever. Here begins his desperate journey to find a true love, to learn the things that he had missed and to heal himself from his tainted past. Can he find what he is looking for before his time runs out?

Set in contemporary New York City, Beastly is an updated version of the famous classical tale, Beauty and the Beast. The author, Alex Flinn, deserves a credit on her creativity where she swiftly adapts ideas from the original to fit into the modern world. For example, the kingdom is now the city of New York and the castle that has been the resident of the lonesome beast is now Kyle’s huge, yet empty apartment. Apart from that, she also includes an interesting idea of her own where she adds excerpts from a chatroom called “Unexpected Changes”, in which numbers of magical creatures afflicted with transformations gather together to discuss problems in their daily lives. This is actually my favourite part of the book as it introduces the readers to other characters like the mermaid and the frog, who are also chasing for true love. This, along with the author’s concise and fluid writing indeed make this book an interesting read.

Despite of that, there are still quite a few things about this book that fail to satisfy me. I feel that Beastly will work a lot better if the characters in it are somewhat older as it is a little hard to believe that a person at the age of 15 to 17 can really find and understand the real meaning of true love. The story can also be more believable if the author lets the characters mature a bit more, for instance by taking times telling the readers about Kyle’s transformation into his better self in a much greater details. I feel that this has been done in a rather abrupt way to the point that it has become unrealistic. It would really be nice to see more changes in him before he finds the love that is meant for him. The too easy and too sweet ending is also another thing that disappoints me. I was not hoping for a surprise when I started reading this book but I was still hoping for some additions to the fairy tale that can distinguish Beastly from the original tale other than just the mere settings.

All in all, I am not entirely satisfied with this book as I thought that it could really be a lot better especially when it comes to the ending. It is an average, fluff and light read that I believe suitable for those who are big fans of fairytale-ish kind of books complete with heart-warming romance and interesting characters.

Favourite Quote: Those who do not know how to see the precious things in life will never be happy.

*This review is taking part in Cym Lowell's Book Review Party Wednesday


  1. Sounds interesting!! The modern version of Beauty and the Beast. Hihi...Love the quote. Thanks for the honest review Shy. =)

  2. Liked that idea you mention in the book about a chatroom where transformed magical creatures gather to share their issues. :-)

  3. Great review. You had some really good points. The chatroom scenes were also my favorite parts.

    Here from CEP

  4. Sounds interesting. Might add it to my TBR pile (even though it's super high!)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  5. You,re right- this is definitely an interesting read, but a lot could have been done to improve it. Wonderful review! I love how well-written and structured it is. Great job!

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  6. I agree with you. At some point, the dialogue and thoughts were a little corny. Great review. =)

  7. mmm, I still want to give it a try. Well, mostly because the movie is coming out. :) Great and honest review.

  8. O I'm so sad you didn't love it. I adored it. Thanks for the honest review :)

  9. Ahh..It sounds like a let down. I won this recently and also Kiss at a Time by the same author. But i'll read it and see how it goes for me ;p

    btw, i tagged you!

  10. Just average, too bad, I guess I can wait for that movie then

  11. @Blodeuedd: That's perhaps the best. Plus, I don't think that the movie is anything similar like the book. Will be interesting to see how it all turns out at the big screen!

  12. Sounds like an interesting plot --- and I'd like to read the chatroom comments.
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  13. I saw you mentioned on Darlyn's blog and thought I'd stop by to say hello. A great blog, full of wonderful reviews. I've enjoyed my visit and its been lovely meeting you.

  14. I love how you wrote your own summary then ended it with a question. I wish more blogs did that, it seems to make the review really pop. Anyhow, I've always eyed this one but never bought it.

    The chatroom element sounds really unique, and I wonder if a sequel would branch off from it. I'd read one!

    Also I totally agree that the characters would be too young for real love. Often I see YA books with young characters acting as if they found their OTL (one true love) but at that age, it's hard for their feelings to come across genuinely and believable in YA. Great review!

    (deleted my first comment as it had a glaring error)

  15. Thanks for the great review! I love the thought and detail that you put into it. Altogether, it sounds as though it would be a good book to read, even though it's not mind-blowing!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries