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Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

You might assume that you know exactly what this book is like when someone says it's an updated Beauty & the Beast. However, if you read just the first couple pages of Beastly, you'll quickly realize it's not quite what you expect...

Beastly by Alex Flinn was not a book I was planning on reading.  I hadn't heard much about it, but I definitely assumed it wasn't going to be my kind of a book.  But one day, I was putting it back on the shelf and I glanced at the first few pages.  It was a chat room conversation between many different recognizable fairy tale characters including the Little Mermaid and the Frog Prince.  It immediately sucked me in.

Beastly is the story of a kid named Kyle who lives in New York City.  He's rich, popular and completely arrogant.  When a witch curses him to being a beast, I'm sure you can guess how things shake out for him and it's not pretty.  Literally.  It holds true to the basic idea of Beauty and the Beast, but there's more to it.  The characters are more fleshed out and the reason this "beauty" comes to live in Kyle's "castle" is sort of sad and pathetic for everyone involved.

Give it a whirl if you're looking for a quick read that's kind of a dark, but with splashes of hope and levity thrown in.

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