Author: Alex Flinn.
Published: October 2nd 2007.
Sort: Part one ‘Kendra Chronicles.’
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.
“A beautiful thing is precious, no matter the price. Those who do not know how to see the precious things in life will never be happy.”
Kyle has everything at first sight: he has a rich father, he is handsome, he is popular and he is doing fine in school, but he is mean against people who are ‘less’ in his eyes. The people who aren’t incredibly pretty, who aren’t popular and who study hard for their grades. Like the real Beauty and the beast story, Kyle is ‘spoiled and unkind.’
Kendra arrives at his school and he immediately thinks she is a freak. He finds her ugly and strange, so it should be fun to make a joke out of her, right? With that action, he seals his faith. Kendra puts a spell on him and he takes the appearance of a beast. He has two years to change; to fall in love and let someone fall in love with him.
“You are ugly now, on the inside, where it matters most...you are beastly.”
Kyle undergoes a huge transformation. He finds out that his life wasn’t as perfect as he thought and he understand his nasty behavior. When Lindy comes crashing into his life, will he be able to make her fall in love with him before it is too late?
“People make such a big deal about looks, but after a while, when you know someone, you don´t even notice anymore...”
I love the concept of this story, that is why Beauty and the beast is my favorite tale. We all judge people based on their appearance, even if we don't want to. I really started to like Kyle. He changes and I loved to see his development throughout the story. It’s written from his POV, so that is great!
Lindy is lovely. She is a huge fan of reading and she has a hard life. Despite all, she never gave up and she does everything to pursue her dreams. She has a nice personality and I thought they were perfect for each other. The only critic I have, is that Lindy feels a bit distant. The other side characters are a great addition to the story, like his blind tutor Will.
If you are a fan of fairytales, you will love this one. Alex didn’t ruin the story, but gave a nice twist to the original story.