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Beastly

Beastly

Написано Alex Flinn

Озвучено Chris Patton


Beastly

Написано Alex Flinn

Озвучено Chris Patton

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Jun 22, 2010
ISBN:
9781441849700
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"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."

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Jun 22, 2010
ISBN:
9781441849700
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Alex Flinn loves fairy tales and is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Beastly, a spin on Beauty and the Beast that was named a VOYA Editor’s Choice and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Beastly is now a major motion picture starring Vanessa Hudgens. Alex also wrote A Kiss in Time, a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty; Cloaked, a humorous fairy-tale mash-up; Bewitching, a reimagining of fairy-tale favorites, including Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, and The Little Mermaid, all told by Kendra, the witch from Beastly; Towering, a darkly romantic take on Rapunzel; and Mirrored, a fresh spin on Snow White. Her other books for teens include Breathing Underwater, Breaking Point, Nothing to Lose, Fade to Black, and Diva. She lives in Miami with her family. Visit her online at www.alexflinn.com.


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  • (4/5)
    I really loved some of the other retellings of Beauty and the Beast so when I saw a preview for this movie and then found out it was a book first I went out and found it. It was a little slow in the beginning but it stuck so well to the Beauty and the Beast story. It handled modernizing the story really well.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoy the retelling of fairytales and "Beauty and the Beast" has always been a favourite of mine. "Beastly" was an easy, entertaining read, and while I thought the two main characters sounded older than sixteen, I enjoyed how the story was told in Kyle's (Beast's) point of view.
  • (4/5)
    This book got my attention at the first page. I love how it truly was a modern version of the Beauty and the Beast story I grew up with. It was also fun to read the chat room conversations that had maybe 3 other characters from other fairytales interact with one another. All in all it was a great book.
  • (3/5)
    A good take on the fairy tale. I liked how everything worked out in the end.
  • (3/5)
    This is a modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. It's not the best re-telling I've read, but it kept my attention. The characters were a little dull, except for Kendra, who, apparently, appears in later books. If you like a fast, fairy-tale-like read, this one's for you.
  • (5/5)
    Me and my 12 year old nephew loved it. I can't believe I let a year go by without listening to this great audiobook. Everyone young and old should read or hear this beautiful story...
  • (3/5)
    This story is a modern take on the Disney story: Beauty and The Beast. The main character of this book, Kyle, is portrayed to be an extremely self-centered, rude, and arrogant high school boy who seems to be the hub of his school's social life. He takes almost everything for granted, and only acknowledges/cares about good-looking people. It is unclear what the reasons behind his behavior are, but he eventually transforms into an ugly "creature" as a result of his ugly thoughts and actions taking a toll on his physical appearance. He has only 2 years to get someone to fall in love with him, or he will remain ugly on the outside. Kyle's transformation into a more kind, gentle, and thoughtful young man delighted me, and restored my faith in seemingly impossible drastic change being in fact possible. Reading about someone develop in a positive way always brings a smile to my face. The moral of this book is to look at the interior of someone, rather than at their exterior, and I think it can be seen as an important reminder for everyone.
  • (2/5)
    This is the first retelling of Beauty and the Beast that I've seen written from Beast's perspective, so I give points for that. But I could never recommend it to my nieces or nephews because it treats teen sex like it's ok; or worse, expected.
  • (3/5)
    A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Beastly is set in modern day New York, where a popular, handsome, and callous high schooler has a spell cast on him turning his outside appearance into what his soul looks like. And of course, only true love can break the curse. Beastly follows the general plot and story line of other the fairly tale in a cute, adolescent way.
  • (5/5)
    I read Beastly because the movie was about to come out and I absolutely loved it! I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters(which were all very well rounded). I was actually pretty disappointed when I watched the movie because they left out a whole lot of things from the book. Beastly was one of the books that really got me into reading fantasy-type books. :) Alex Flinn is an amazing author and I look forward to reading more from her.
  • (5/5)
    A modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, puts snobby, wealthy privileged teenager, Alex, in his place. A witch disgusted by his treatment of a fellow student turns him into a hairy beast. Of course, we know how the story ends, he finds that there is more to life than wealth and good looks.
  • (4/5)
    I don't usually read YA but I enjoyed this reworking of Beauty and the Beast. The chat room pieces made me curious about the other characters. I was completely engrossed and read it in one sitting
  • (5/5)
    This book was very intriguing and good to read. I could barely put it down.
  • (4/5)
    This was my second Nook serial read. And, again, not a book that I would have picked out for myself. Definitely a YA book but I enjoyed reading a chapter each morning with my first cup of tea. It's the classic story of Beauty and the Beast set in present day time in NYC. Very rich, handsome young man who's ugly on the inside messes with the wrong person and before he knows what happened, the ugliness is now on the outside forever unless he figures out how to break the spell.
  • (3/5)
    Beastly is a modern retake on the fairytale, Beauty and the Beast. It follows Kyle Kingsbury, a rich goodlooking 'every girl wants him' kind of guy. He takes everything for granted, he only likes goodlooking people, he hates everyone who's ugly etc etc. You get where I'm going with this! So this witch/person turns him into a monster, and he has to find his true love before the time runs out or he has to stay like that forever.I thought this would be such a good book, I did enjoy it and I did finish it in record time, but it wasn't dark and mysterious enough for my liking! Kyle was so unlikeable, he was such a douche! He's the type of guy I'd avoid at all costs! He enjoys making people feel bad about themselves, it was really upsetting to see what he did :( But after a while you see another side of him, and it kind of justifies his behaviour (idk it shouldn't but it did for me!) Overall, it was a really good, quick ,light read! If you like fairytale remakes you may just enjoy this!
  • (5/5)
    Simply love this retelling! Such a great story from the beasts pov
  • (3/5)
    Re-read this as an adult and I think I appreciate it for different reasons...lol
    Definitely the kind of book to read if you'd like a simple, modern retelling of beauty and the beast
  • (5/5)
    So much better than the movie. Loved this book. Its a good twist on beauty and the beast
  • (4/5)
    I liked the different take on Beauty and the Beast. Very different, but entertaining. Had be hooked. I'd read more books by this author.
  • (3/5)
    Quick, fun, a nice reminder that the lessons of fairy-tales are relevant today. Be aware that the physical changes of the boy to beast are more dramatic in the book than in the movie. And that the book really isn't for middle schoolers or innocent teens, imo.
  • (4/5)
    Very sweet, modern Beauty and the Beast story.
  • (4/5)
    This is a good story. It modernizes the Beauty and the Beast story.
  • (4/5)
    A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.

    I know many of you preferred the book to the movie but I got to say I preferred the movie much more. Actually, Beastly starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer was one of my favorite movies of 2011.

    "Having a Coke with You" by Frank O'Hara is a poem in the movie, I really liked it.
  • (3/5)
    Enjoy these "remakes". Well done - good for adults as well as young adults. Going to read the rest of author's remakes.
  • (4/5)
    I have a small obsession with the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, so any time a new retelling comes out, I must read it. This version written by Alex Flinn is both modernized and aimed at the Young Adult genre. I was curious to see how closely it would parallel the original fairy tale and still feel like an original story, and I think that it succeeded fairly well. There were parts that felt cliche, and it certainly verged into the realm of fantasy with the presence of the witch, but not so much that I was bothered by these elements. Plus, I liked the ways that the author diverged from the original tale and added new elements, such as the continuing involvement of the witch and the character of Kyle's father.
    The plot wraps around the character of Kyle Kingsbury, who becomes the Beast. The book mainly felt like a character study as he progressed from a conceited, self-involved boy to a self-sacrificing, repentant young man. This is certainly a change from most retellings of this tale, since it is usually from the viewpoint of the character who plays the role of "Beauty." Many of the side characters were also just as fascinating, such as the blind tutor who comes to live with Kyle. I love the fascination that Kyle adopted for roses and the details of their care that were included in the book, it gave the book more depth. Probably the most exciting part of the book was his frantic race through New York City and the way that he handled the reactions that he created during this foray.
    I know that this book was turned into a movie recently. I have not seen it as of yet, other than the previews, but I do look forward to it. But I already know of one major difference that the movie has from the book, and that is Kyle's beastly appearance is changed to resemble extravagant and disfiguring tattoos. I'll reserve opinion on this until after I've seen the movie.
  • (4/5)
    Told from the point of view of the beast, who starts as a handsome shallow high-school student who treats a fellow student very badly and is punished by being turned into a beast. He has a lot of money to throw at the problem so he retreats into a house, hires a blind teacher and gets on with it, going out only during the night when he can hide under a hood and in the dark and finds himself changing and becoming different. When a chance encounter brings a girl into the mix he finds that while she's not as beautiful as many of his former classmates, she is beautiful on the inside.I liked this retelling and will be looking forward to more by this author, I liked how many of the classic elements were used to make the story more interesting.
  • (3/5)
    A modern twist on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. The writing is average and the plot, romance are a bit forced to fit within the classic tale. The kidnapping is particularly problematic for me in a contemporary story. I do like its message of beauty is on the inside as well as its commentary or bullying.
  • (3/5)
    2.5 starsLoved the concept of the book -- mean, rich, materialistic teen boy gets what he deserves. Unfortunately, the execution was dull and uneventful, until the end. I found myself not connecting with the characters or caring much about them. Enjoyed the little twist in the end, nice touch. I did find Kyle's dialogue a bit awkward when he was the beast. For example when he says "Especially for you, milady". Ok, not sure if I've ever heard any modern day teen say that phrase, beast or not. Also I found it hard to believe that he had truly changed on the inside. I will put the second installment of this series on my to read list but am not in a hurry to find it.
  • (4/5)
    After the trauma of The Gargoyle (despite it's awesomeness I'm still :( about it tbh) I just wanted something light, fun and easily read and this fit the bill perfectly.

    It's a fun book - modern re-telling with the protagonist actually being the Beast is a nice twist on things that I still enjoy. We get to see how vain he was, how abhorrent he was allowed to be because of his looks and as such we get to see how much he suffers when it all falls apart around him as he's left on his own with only his tutor and his maid for company after discovering that his family and friends cared more for the image than the person behind it.

    We get to watch Kyle grow and develop as a character worthy of saving and as such when the climax comes to it we are excited to see him get his happily ever after. It's rare for anyone to give more than a passing thought to the significance of the Beast apart from how he relates to the 'Beauty' character, so it's definitely nice to have an author to develop him.

    The book is definitely worth a read if you have time. It's quick and fun - and lets face it, who doesn't love Beauty & the Beast??
  • (3/5)
    This book is exactly what the Beauty and the Beast tale would be if Beast was a snotty high school brat who gets by on looks alone. Kyle asks Kendra to the dance and then shows up with someone else, in addition to publicly mocking her. When Kyle gets home from the dance he finds out Kendra is a witch and she turns him into a Beast. He is given two years to fall in love with someone and for her to fall in love with him because he kindly gave the rose his date didn't want to a girl selling tickets at the dance.

    Beauty is Lindy, who's drug addict father tried to break into Adrian's (formerly Kyle Kingsly)home. Her father traded her for drug's and freedom from prosecution. Kyle's father is a news caster and he abandoned Kyle once he realized that Kyle's beastly problem couldn't be fixed with money by doctors. Kyle ends up living in Brooklyn with Magda, the maid and Bill a blind tutor that his father hired for him. From the original tale there is the magic mirror and Adrian creates a rose garden for himself behind the house in Brooklyn. Lindy and Kyle slowly grow to love one another and in the end Kyle lets Lindy leave to take care of her father.

    He additionally strikes a bargain with the witch that if he succeeds in getting love Magda will be able to see her family and Will will no longer be blind.

    Also very interesting in this book is a chat group who's discussion we view between different parts of the book. It is a group run by Mr. Anderson (Hans Christian Anderson play on words) for people who have gone through transformations. Several storybook characters are recognizable including Froggy (The Frog Prince), Grizzly (Rose Red and Snow White), Silent Maid (the little mermaid, the orginal one who doesn't succeed and gets turned into sea foam, very sad). The characters talk about their transformations and trying to find true love, etc.

    In the end of course Kyle turns human again running out into the world he has hidden from for so long when he hears Lindy calling for him in the magic mirror. She is being attacked by a drug dealer her father owes money too. Kyle never goes back to live with his father and continues to live with Will and Lindy. They both go back to school together.