Must-Read lists abound. Let's create our own! For this task, read a book that is at least 300 pages and tell us whether it is a must-read or not and why.
Book Title/Author: Beastly by Alex Flinn
Publisher/Year Published: 2007 by HarperTeen
Where I got it: library
Rating: 4/5 stars
I stumbled into the book because of the movie coming out (now not until March 2011) but I am glad I did. This is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast from the Beast's perspective. Now, I can hear you already. "How the hell can you pull that off?"
Well she does. I firmly believed in his cursing, his transformation, his castle ... every thing was believable. The reason I didn't give it five stars is :
1) 5 star books change my life or resonate with me for a while and this won't because
2) it's a story I have heard 1000 times.
She puts a fresh twist on it that makes it interesting but I could see where she got some of the ideas for her story. Does this fact make it a bad book? No. I mean even Shakespeare took inspiration from something the classics. Overall I enjoyed it. Hell, I enjoyed it enough to finish it in an evening so there is that. This fairy tale holds a special place in my heart and so it was nice to relive the magic for the first time through the Beast's eyes.