Author: Alex Flinn
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Synopsis: 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.
I’m giving this book 3 stars but they’re not bad 3 stars, this is a good book for YA readers and I think it delivers what YA readers are looking for. There’s a few reasons why I enjoyed this – for starters in YA it’s rare lately to have a book told from the male perspective of a fairytale retelling. This is the voice of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast and it takes form in spoiled rich horrible Kyle Kingston son of NYC anchorman. He has a pretty shitty home life because his father is a selfish SOB and really doesn’t care about this son but more about his own life, career and image. So naturally, Kyle acts out his frustrations at school where he’s just despicable and cruel, a true bully. As the tale of B&tB go he messes with the wrong witch and he gets turned into this hairy monster. As our story progresses he has 1 year to find someone to love him and despite his father desperately driving him to different specialists no one is able to remove the ‘sickness’. In an act of despair his father gets him a brownstone in Brooklyn (I think) where no one can see him. He provides him with a trusted maid and a blind tutor (who btw, is the best character of the series). Kyle doesn’t see his father again after this and in his solitude he starts going out at night, covered in a coat and hoodie which is where he finds Linda whom he used to go to school with.
This book is pretty textbook but it’s cute, it’s a cute fantasy book about acceptance and love. I think it’s solid for a YA and I do think it’s appropriate for teen readers.