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
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 the perfect
life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.
This was cute. I mean, who doesn't love a fairy tale revival? And it's modern day? Sure, I'll bite.
story followed the typical Beauty and the Beast story. There really was
no variation at all. When I read a revival story I hope for some kind
of twist, an added element of "Whoa, that's interesting!" to reward me
for reading a story I've basically already read/heard/watched (in at
least 3 different movies). I didn't find anything noteworthy here.
transformation from inner beast to man was interesting and, for the
most part, well done but I felt like it happened too fast. I wished the
witch had given him a few more years to break the curse. I felt like
that would have been more realistic and I wanted to feel for him more;
Feel his loneliness, his sadness, his change of heart. I wanted more
time. That, and it always bothers me in YA books when high schoolers
find their true love. If they'd been just a few years older it wouldn't
have annoyed me so much.
The love story played out nicely but,
again, I would have liked more time. It felt too fast, even in the fairy
tale, fiction, suspend-your-belief place you go when you read books.
More. Time. People do not fall in love that quickly, especially if these
people are not actually people.
The chat room thing was
entertaining but I didn't feel like it added anything to the story. It
really just made me want to hear the other kids' stories.
Will, the blind tutor. He was just so perfect; Kind but firm, funny but
serious, intelligent but humble. He sounds a lot like Mary Poppins.
that really bugged in this book was the language. Dialogue was a bit
unbelievable. People said weird things. Beast even notices himself
saying weird things but keeps doing it, even when he's not thinking to
himself how weird it is. And I get that the author was trying to
incorporate the classic fairy tale language and dialogue and whatever
else but it just felt forced. And then the characters would all go on
these long rants and monologue about whatever-it-was they wanted to say.
Wasn't a fan of that.
And I didn't like the way Kyle was
portrayed before he was a beast. That's kind of the point but I got a
little weirded out that this high school freshman was drinking and
hooking up with girls.
Other than that the book was clean. And
it was cute. And it was a fast, easy read. And I'll probably read other
books by this author.
Language: Mild (honestly don't remember how
many curse words there were but it can't have been that much if I don't
Sexual Content: Moderate (lots of derogatory talk about girls, inappropriate touching and a reference to sex, but no scenes)