Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn



Hi everyone today I will be reviewing Beastly by Alex Flinn. I hate to admit it but I only watched the movie (2011) a couple of months ago and only recently realised that it was based off from a book and knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP. Below I will contain a synopsis of the book, information about the author, my thoughts on the book and how it is compared to the movie and where you can purchase Beastly. Hope you enjoy my review.


alexfl“Alex Flinn is an award-winning author of nine young adult novels. Her latest release, a fairy tale-tinged novel titled Bewitching, is a follow up to her No. 1 New York Times best seller,Beastly. Her debut novel Breathing Underwater was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults and is part of the school curriculum issued as part of Liz Claiborne’s Love is Not Abuse campaign against dating violence. Flinn is also the author of Cloaked and A Kiss in Time as well as Fade to Black, Breaking Point, Nothing to Lose, and her sequel to Breathing Underwater, Diva.” – Epic Reads, About authors



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 the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.



So going into this book I had a high expectation because I absolutely adored the film. In all honesty, I’m still sitting on the fence with this. I loved and disliked it. Some parts of the book were amazing and loved the way it was written and how it made the reader feel the emotions coming from Alex or Lindy etc. But some parts were a little confusing and I’m not sure if that was because I might have read some things wrong but at times it felt like it jumped from one scene to another with no resolution or ending to the scene before which felt a little overwhelming because you’re trying to piece together the last scene while reading the new one and it got annoying by the end of the book because it then felt like a constant presence and it really effected m,e from enjoying the book.

In the movie, Kyle, I believe was better at how he looked as a “beast” or “mutilated” but in the book I felt really uncomfortable with how he was described. he was described to have fur and fangs and hair everywhere which in the sense is good to prove of the whole love situation etc. but it felt very unrealistic where as Kyle in the movie had mutilations to the face and body which made more sense and more idealistic.

Lindy as I character in the book I felt was more frustrating then anything. Actually the whole book was both frustrating but enjoyable. Will was definitely my favourite character in both book and film, his mannerisms and sarcasm lightens the whole book up and seriously makes you laugh out loud . At times I did want to put the book down but then at other times I couldn’t stop reading. It was a very mixed emotion book that you had be aware of while reading instead of sitting back and just enjoying the book.

All in all the book was good and I really enjoyed it but for me I found the movie to be better and a better portrayal of the characters and made it more realistic then what the book made it. Plus some of the things which happened in the made no sense but then the movie made sense out of it and changed somethings around which I was very pleased by.

Rating (BOOK) : 6.5/10

Rating (MOVIE): 8/10

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Beastly can be purchased from Book Depository :

Also check out an awesome interpretation of Beastly through Lindy’s perspective in Beastly: Lindy’s Diary (Beastly 1.5)







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