Author: Alex Flinn
Series: Kendra Chronicles #1
Publisher: Harper Teen (October 2nd 2007)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“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.” GoodReads’ blurb
Beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe this story. I mean, sure, it’s Beauty and the Beast set in modern day New York City, so it’s not exactly surprising or twisting, but there’s something to be said about how raw it was. I decided to go on audiobook for this one, and the voice acting was excellent too.
I’ll confess: I stayed up listening till 4.30am so I could finish the story.
Is that enough of a review? It almost is, isn’t it? Well, here’s something else for you to consider: I didn’t cry, not really, but I did feel my gut wrenching in all the appropiate parts, as if I was suffering the same real emotional pain the main character experienced. It was that good.
There’s not much more to say. The characters, of course, were simpathetic. I loved the spin on why Lindy was forced to stay with Kyle—actually, with Adrian. I thought the details, with the rose gardens and the literature classes, they were touching. The end was surprisingly good, too, because it was fairy-tale worthy but also real: there was teasing and insecurities and tenderness. But in truth, this was just like Beauty and the Beast: a story about a hideous person becoming beautiful, and how sometimes a curse is actually a gift.
If you liked at all the movie, or the fairy tale, you need to check this one!