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Publisher's Summary

"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.

Critic Reviews

“[An] engrossing tale that will have appeal for fans of fantasy and realistic fiction." (VOYA, Voice of Youth Advocates)

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beastly

an old favorite that brought back a lot of good memories... this one ill read more then once

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Great take on an old fairy tale

Entertaining, a true change of heart to the main character. The story kept my interest.

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LOVE

I LOVED THIS BOOK MORE THAN ANYTHING I HAVE EVER READ! Will forever be my favorite book!!

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loved this book for so long

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.

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Way to cheezy.

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.

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Great spin to Beauty and the Beast!

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!

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  • sueane
  • Savanna-la-mar. Westmoreland, Jamaica
  • 03-11-15

every romance lovers must read

a single sitting book. The outlook from the point of view of the beast is wonderful.

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Just Okay

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.

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Light Romantic Read for Young Audience

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.

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  • Barbara
  • Tyler, TX, United States
  • 02-28-15

Loved it,Loved it,Loved it!!!!!

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!