"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 urn 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."
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“[An] engrossing tale that will have appeal for fans of fantasy and realistic fiction." (VOYA, Voice of Youth Advocates)
I love fairy tales, and typically love good modern day retellings. This was NOT a quality retelling. The story was over-melodramatic, to the point where I wanted to rip my hair out. The characters were flat, unoriginal and stereotypes of themselves. They never once surprised me, or even interested me.
The audio for the book was well done by Chris Patton, but even with his voice, the story left a lot to be desired.
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What I Loved: This was a very good modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. In the beginning, Kyle was a very unlikable character that you got to know as the vain, arrogant teenager he was before getting turned. Adrian was the much more human incarnation of Kyle that made him more man than beast. It was wonderful to watch his transformation from arrogant to considerate.
What I Liked: Will and Magda are fantastic guides for Adrian that show him people can be kind even when they do not have too. He was surrounded by love even if it wasn't from the traditional family structure.
Audio Specific Review: Narrator: Chris Patton did a wonderful job of reading this book with emotions that matched the cadence of the moment.
Why I gave it a 4: I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderfully told this story was. It was a very good re-telling.
Who I would recommend it too: YA readers and those who like re-telling of fairytales.
I found Beastly to be a clever take off on the Beauty and the Beast story that we all know from Disney. This time it is updated to the present day with the main character being an "I've got it all" guy in high school. After the spell turns his good looks into "beastly" looks, the story really begins. It is totally enjoyable.
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Sure because the narrator brought the book and characters to life. I love to hear the various voices.
When he realize that he can be good and it will be the right thing for her to let her go so she could go to find her father
The change, because his voice got gentle. Or when the beast roars.
Yes, and I almost did it.
It is a teen book, that is clear but it is well told. The story itself is old and moved to the present day. Nice entertainment for the ride into work.
I didnt have great hopes for this writing, but I gave it a try and actually ended up enjoy it. Yes...predictable. But sometimes it's nice to fall into a comfort zone like this novel.
This books takes a lovely fairy tale ("Beauty and the Beast") and makes it mindless, trite, and boring. Granted, this is a book for teenagers - which is unfortunate because by following the original fairy tale story line, the author is unable to keep his hero from becoming a creepy stalker kidnapper. Granted, the character was never sympathetic, but if I had teenagers, I would certainly want to talk to them about what was wrong with this story.
Basically, I say skip it.
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This book is a great version of Beauty and the Beast set in modern time. Chat rooms and hints at fairy tales along with teenage life brings a new flare to this classic tale.
Though very predictable, i really did enjoy it. If you have seen the Disney movie, then you KNOW the story, but the performance was nice and i enjoyed it very much.
Interesting interweaving with "chat room" fairy tale characters hosted by Mr. Anderson, but story of boy becoming beast could use some editing where he becomes overly introspective and doubtful that he will win the girl in time.
"An OK re-write of the classic story."
I was in the mood for something light-hearted and this book does fulfill that requirement. Mildly annoying at the parts where the main character is in the online chat room, but I guess it couldn't be helped. In general, not too bad, but it won't turn your world upside down.
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