For those of you who, like me, were late to hop on the Beastly band wagon…you didn’t miss much. Let me recap real quick- Beastly is a 2007 novel by Alex Flinn and is a retelling of the fairytale “Beauty and the Beast” set in modern-day New York City. If you are already familiar with “Beauty and the Beast” than you pretty much know how this story goes. The re-telling stays really close to the original storyline and therefore there weren’t any major surprises or events in the plot that kept me wanting to read faster so I could find out what happened next.
It is pretty obvious that the author researched many different folktales and fairy tales to write her book, and for that she gets my respect. There are several different moments where these other tales are playfully hinted to in parts of the book, particularly the chat room transcripts (which are funny) in which the character of Kyle (aka Adrian, the Beast) talks to other teens who have been transformed into creatures and there are even cameo appearances by other favorite fairytale characters…my favorite is the mermaid from Denmark;).
Beastly was a good story and I appreciate and enjoyed that it was told from “The Beast’s” male perspective, but I just wasn’t blown away by this book. It was too familiar for me personally. I have several friends who highly recommend and LOVE this book, so it definitely has a big following, it’s just not for me. It is well written, with interesting characters (particularly Kendra-the Witch) but I would have preferred the story more if it had ventured a bit more off of the already laid path.
Nice book, but I think it belongs in a home with a reader who will cherish it. So, I will pass it on to someone who will really love it.
Peace & Love
This book was purchased by Desi.