by Alex Flinn


Reading Beastly was like eating the most decadently addictive, gooey, fudge cookie I could get my hands on. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I wanted more of author Alex Flinn and to explore her listopia of books like a giddy kid in a candy store.

Why you will like it: Set in New York City, a modern Beauty and the Beast, Flinn intertwines multiple fairy tale based characters and modernizes the theme by engaging them in an online web chat to narrate all scenes of the novel. It’s witty, comedic, and creative, the way their personalities push the story into each chapter.

Also, this book isn’t the marshmallow goo romantic blah you are used to. It’s not fluffy like a peanut butter cookie, but sweet like a sugar cookie; maybe sprinkled with realistic jerky traits portrayed by the main male character, Kyle Kingsbury. But then again, we can’t hate on him too much because obviously he encounters serious issues on his looks and appears “beastly” to the world…. Except for that one special girl, who views him for who he truly is?

Favorite Quotes:

“Those who do not know how to see the precious things in life will never be happy.”   ― Alex Flinn, Beastly

“Just because something is beautiful doesn´t mean it´s good.” ― Alex Flinn, Beastly

“You are ugly now, on the inside, where it matters most…you are beastly.”   ― Alex Flinn, Beastly