Beastly by Alex Flinn


I am a beast. 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 wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and a perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.

Beastly is a modern-day Beauty & the Beast retelling told from the Beast’s perspective. It moved along at a fairly fast pace and held my interest. Beauty & the Beast is one of my favorite fairytales and I enjoy retellings of this story.

Interspersed through the story there is a support “chat” group that the Beast joined with the frog prince, the little mermaid and several other fairy tale characters that I found to be quite humorous.

Alex Flinn did a great job writing this book that shows that ultimately it is what is on the inside that matters most.

Content: This book does contain some language throughout. There is also a few crude sexual references. Age 16+

Rating: 4 Stars – I enjoyed this retelling from the Beast’s perspective.