Beastly

Beastly
by Alex Flinn
performed by Chris Patton
Published 2010 by Brilliance Audio
6 hours, 46 minutes. Unabridged.
Rating: 3/5

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 wisher you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly… beastly.

I don’t really have too much to say about this one. It was cute, and brought back memories of watching Beauty and the Beast as a child. Kyle is pretty broody, but I guess the beast would be. He has plenty to brood about that’s for sure. I liked watching Kyle transform into a decent person. I really liked Lindy. She was so sweet. It was a nice modern take on the story. It’s nothing terribly deep, but there are a lot of cool literary references and it’s a fun read. Chris Patton does a pretty good job narrating. He does pretty good voices.

I have to say that I’m pretty excited about the movie. It obviously doesn’t quite follow the book, but the idea is the same. I think it will be really good. I hope it will be anyway. I’m super excited about Neal Patrick Harris playing Will. He’s absolutely perfect for that part. He’ll be worth it if nothing else is.

Source: Emmet O’Neal Library. Mountain Brook, AL.
Author website: http://www.alexflinn.com/
Purchase this book: Book Depository | IndieBound | Audible

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4 Comments

  1. Hmm, if my library has this I may pick it up once I go back. I agree the movie looks good, I love Neil Patrick Harris!

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  2. I have heard a lot of about this one. I had a student get it our of scholastic and my student teacher brought it in the other day. I am curious!

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  3. I'm assuming from the source credit that you checked it out from us, so thanks for the circ stat! Plus, I also listened to that and have to admit that I *really, really* loved it…but I did grow up during that bastion of melodrama, the Linda Hamilton/Ron Perlman tv version of Beauty and the Beast so it is a story for which I harbor a fairly large soft spot. Visit us again soon and stop by to say HI!HolleyEOL Librarian

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  4. I just finished reading the book. I highly recommend it to everyone. It's a modern, beautiful version of "Beauty and the Beast". I loved it, nothing like the movie that just came out. It's truly my favorite book.

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