"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."
©2010 Alex Flinn (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“[An] engrossing tale that will have appeal for fans of fantasy and realistic fiction." (VOYA, Voice of Youth Advocates)
this was my favorite book when I was a teen. and I still love it. It's one of the books that I have always been able to read over and over again without getting tired of it.
The original beauty and the beast storyline is a classic but the writing in this is not the best. I'm a sucker for a good romance novel but even I found this way way to sappy and cheezy. Laughed through most of it.
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I remember when the movie came out I thought it was going to be a cheesy story line. I bought this book from one of the audible specials and absolutely loved it!
Always in touch with my inner child. Crazy about alternate realities and science fiction. Oh , I am also pretty stoked by books where people get pregnant. Very loyal to good authors but always looking for another to add to my list
a single sitting book. The outlook from the point of view of the beast is wonderful.
I struggled to finish this book. It was a bit too cheesy for my taste. It is exactly like every other Beauty and the Beast retelling you have ever read or seen, and there was nothing original at all about it. The performance was pretty ok, just a few cheesy moments again that I thought were over the top.
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.
I rarely write reviews but I found this story awesome on so many levels. It struck a chord with the way it mirrored the trouble so many young people have! Hat's off to the author for his insight into the lives and problems of so many people!
It was a good book. The modern way of telling the story was well done and the reader was good at making all the characters believable. Overall it was a beautiful story
I think this book is better suited to an audience who is just discovering fantasy as a genre. The protagonist is a 16 year old boy, so the audience for the book is likely of a similar age.
I believe the author could have done something... anything interesting. The entire things was trite and predictable. You could easily predict every single character action and reaction the whole way through. I kept waiting for the shoe to drop- and it never did.
Wow, that's a hard question. Chris did a lovely job bringing all of the characters to life. He helped redeem the story in my opinion. I quite enjoyed the Frog Prince though.
I did enjoy the actual 'sessions' when the protagonist had come together and was discussing life with some of the smaller characters. I think those interactions were about the only unique element that was added to the tale.
The author did a good job of taking you into this boy's life.
The pinnacle moment at the end of the story--can't give it away!
He became "the Beast". He sunk into the character.
No, no extreme reaction. It was fine, but nothing very special.
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