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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Programs and Genres; Deluxe ed edition (Jan. 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062113917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062113917
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Teens will race to see if the beast get his kiss, lifts the curse, and lives happily ever after.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[An] engrossing tale that will have appeal for fans of fantasy and realistic fiction” -- VOYA. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“a must-read for fairy-tale fans.” (School Library Journal)

About the Author

Alex Flinn loves fairy tales and is the author of the #1New York TimesbestsellingBeastly, a spin onBeauty and the Beastthat was named a VOYA Editor's Choice and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.Beastlyis also a major motion picture starring Vanessa Hudgens. Alex also wroteA Kiss in Time, a modern retelling ofSleeping Beauty;Cloaked, a humorous fairy tale mash-up; andBewitching, a reimagining of fairy tale favorites, includingHansel and Gretel,Cinderella,The Princess and the Pea, andThe Little Mermaid, all told by Kendra-the witch fromBeastly. Her other books for teens includeBreathing Underwater,Breaking Point,Nothing to Lose,Fade to Black, andDiva. She lives in Miami with her family.

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I've read this book many times, and I just received my deluxe edition today. I checked the other customer reviews and saw some had their books with the manuscript malfunction, I double checked my book and am happy to say all the lines are in it.
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Beastly April 11 2014
By Haley Keller - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'd been wanting to read this book since I learned about it back when the film was coming out. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, and I was excited to read an adaptation of it. I have to say, that this book is really similar to the Disney version of the fairy tale except more modern. There are differences, but once Kyle had been cursed, I could easily follow along with what was happening and it seemed to follow the plot of the Disney version fairly closely.

It took me a bit to get into the book because of it being told from Kyle's perspective. Since he is the beast, it is no surprise that Kyle is not at all a likeable character at the beginning of the book. I'm not someone who thinks characters always have to be likeable, but he was someone very frustrating to read about for quite a while. I stuck with it because I knew that was the point of the book and he was likely to grow over the course of the novel. And he did. I actually think the author did a great job with that. The progression happened at a nice pace, and it was gradual. He wasn't suddenly a better person. He gradually realized how horrible he had been and it was a process in order for him to become a better person.

I have two somewhat negative things to say. The first is that there were occasional parts of the book where there would be awkward wording. A lot of it was in how Kyle talked after becoming the beast, and that was even acknowledged at one point when Kyle said something about how Lindy made him talk like a romantic lead from one of her favorite books. I didn't like that at all. It felt extremely out of place and unrealistic. I think it might have been an attempt to make things more fairytale-esque, but it didn't work for me. Most of it just seemed off, and I don't think it gave off whatever feeling the author was trying to create.

The other part I didn't like that much was the random chat room sections. I didn't think they were necessary, and the book would have been better off without them. They didn't connect to the rest of the story, and you would never know Kyle was visiting a chat room if it weren't for the actual chat room sections of the book. It felt like they were just there to throw in other fairy tales to the story, and I didn't like it at all.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. It definitely gave off a similar feel to the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast. I'm not familiar enough with other Beauty and the Beast stories to say how it compared to those. It was a cute story though. It wasn't realistic, but I was expecting that going into a book based on a fairy tale. I thought it was fun and enjoyable.
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Deluxe edition is...more than I hoped Feb. 18 2012
By Annette Nenn - Published on
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When I heard that the Beastly deluxe edition would include Lindy's Diary-it was a must have for me. I already had the original book, and to hear there was more to the story, I jumped at the chance to get it. I enjoy reading Lindy's thoughts/views in juxtaposition to Kyle/Adrian's view. It gives me more of the story from both perspectives and I just love it.

Unfortunately, there was a glitch in publishing. A few books, mine included, were missing manuscript lines. The fix-I got a replacement from Amazon (where I got it from). I am returning my defective copy and they will be sending me the corrected and complete book.

Meanwhile, I'm rereading my regular edition, in anticipation of the deluxe edition.
Everything a fairy-tale retelling should be Nov. 26 2012
By Aletheia Knights - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'll admit I came to Alex Flinn's "Beastly" by way of the 2011 film. I hadn't known it was based on a book when I went to see it, only that it was a modern-day retelling of my favorite fairy tale, "Beauty and the Beast." The movie was pretty good, and fairy-tale retellings are one thing I just can't get enough of, so I added the novel to my Amazon Wish List. Earlier this month, as my birthday was approaching, my husband referred to my Wish List to select gifts for me, and this was one of his choices. I was delighted, and sat down to start reading it a few days later. It wasn't long before I realized I was in for a rare treat.

It isn't always easy to set a classic fairy tale, without irony, in 21st-century America, but Alex Flinn makes it seem effortless. Kyle Kingsbury may not have been born in a castle, but he's royalty by our society's standards: the son of a network news reporter, he's always taken his privileged lifestyle - and his good looks - for granted. He doesn't have much use for those less fulsomely blessed, except as targets of mockery. When his fugly classmate Kendra dares to challenge the value of physical appearance as a determining factor in social success, Kyle gets his revenge by asking her to the dance as his date, only to laugh in her face when she shows up to find him in a liplock with (of course) the most beautiful girl in school. Unfortunately for Kyle, Kendra happens to be a witch. When he comes from the dance, he finds her waiting for him in his room . . . and the next thing he knows, he's got fur, claws, and two years to find true love if he ever wants to be able to look in the mirror again without cringing. So he becomes a recluse, and then one day he catches a man breaking into his garden, and the man has a daughter, and . . . well, you know the story. That's one of the challenges of retelling a familiar old tale: how do you keep the reader turning the pages when s/he already knows what happens in the end? Flinn does it primarily through the creation of characters so sympathetic and believable it's a pleasure simply to spend time with them. Kyle, his semi-voluntary prisoner/love interest Lindy, his tutor Will, and his maid Magda became so real to me as I read that I began to think of what I was reading as *their* story, not just another version of "Beauty and the Beast." Flinn has made the old tale her own, while retaining its essential elements and weaving them so naturally into the narrative that a person unfamiliar with the original story would be hard-pressed to guess what was folklore, what was borrowed from other retellings, and what was purely her own invention.

"Beastly" has earned a place next to Gail Carson Levine's "Ella Enchanted" not only as a brilliantly original fairy-tale adaptation, but as a delightful and heartwarming romance. The first half of the book is more concerned with Kyle's transformation (not only from hottie to beast, but from haughty to grounded and thoughtful), and Lindy is mentioned only a few times, but once she comes to stay, their love blossoms as sweetly and tenderly as the roses in Kyle's garden. Unlike so many love stories in which two characters are just thrown together and fall in love for no better reason than that the author wants them to, "Beastly" features a couple you'll genuinely feel belong together. Although their backgrounds could hardly be more different, they both know what it is to be raised by an emotionally absent father (Kyle's is a workaholic, Lindy's an alcoholic). Lindy has long sought refuge from the squalor of her daily life in books and an appreciation of simple beauty, which have become Kyle's solace in the months since his transformation. Perhaps most importantly, Flinn takes time to develop a genuine friendship between them, to show them at play, simply and unself-consciously enjoying each other: discussing favorite books, watching movies, going through old boxes in a dusty room upstairs, having a snowball fight.

I adored Lindy, and how could I not? "Actually, this was the perfect book for you to get me for my birthday," I told my husband after I finished it. "The heroine is smart, loves books and roses, and comes from a dysfunctional family background. She's not conventionally beautiful, but she's really quite pretty when she makes a little effort. Sound like anyone you know?" Seeing so much of myself in her, I was very excited after I finished the novel itself to read "Lindy's Diary," included in this Deluxe Edition. "Lindy's Diary" is only half as long as "Beastly," but it's a sweet little work in its own right. Of course, some important incidents from "Beastly" are repeated here from Lindy's perspective, but much of "Lindy's Diary" consists of altogether new material. There are a few minor continuity and chronology errors; as "Beastly" is written in the first person from Kyle's perspective, it would be easy to shrug them off as the slight differences that are always going to be there in two people's memories of the same events, if it weren't for Flinn's verbatim reuse of dialogue in those scenes that appear in both books. This is a minor quibble, however, and at any rate it's the entirely new scenes in "Lindy's Diary" that make it a joy to read. Flinn treats us to many more scenes of budding friendship and tenderness: Kyle and Lindy reading poetry together, frolicking in the autumn leaves, exchanging Christmas gifts. It's also fascinating to see an insecure side of Lindy that she was mostly able to hide away from Kyle, to see how she, too, needed to grow in some ways in order to embrace the possibility of "happily ever after."

The Deluxe Edition also includes a few special extras: additional pages of "factoids" about Lindy, Kyle (pre- and post-transformation), and Kendra; a short interview with Alex Flinn about the film adaptation of her novel; and a few pages written in the voice of Sloane Hagen, Kyle's *real* date for the dance. "Beastly" and "Lindy's Diary" gave us a pretty one-dimensional view of Sloane as a superficial, conceited bitch. In a few deft strokes, Flinn shows us who she really is: shallow to be sure, bitchy indeed, but also vulnerable and *human*. Flinn excels at bringing her characters to life and making the reader care.

If you like fairy-tale retellings . . . if you like sweet and thoughtful romances . . . if you like character-driven fantasy . . . if you like coming-of-age stories . . . I can't recommend "Beastly" (Deluxe Edition) highly enough.
Awesome new take on a well-known fairy tale! Jan. 22 2013
By Sherlyn - Published on
Format: Paperback
Oh, believe me when I say I wanted so much to give this book a five star rating!!! Unfortunately some elements didn't really mash up to make Beastly a five star book for me, making this a 4.5-star rating!

First off: I thought I knew this was going to be a five star book when I read the first page. Flinn had me hooked on Beastly from the start and I was thoroughly enjoying everything from Kyle/Adrian's POV. Seriously, it was a real good story. The only thing that just spoilt it all was the anticlimax sort of ending. I think Flinn could have wrapped up the ending with more flourish.

Nevertheless, it IS a really great book by its own standards and I really liked how it parallels Disney's Beauty and the Beast (I loved the snowball fight part!!) to a great extent. Though predictable (and by predictable I mean it in a good way), it's nice to see a new take on already-familiar events and how other circumstances lead to the more important scenes. Flinn did that very well.

Flinn had me guffawing at Kyle/Adrian's hilarious attempts at romance. I did hate him at the beginning, of course, but when he's trying to break the spell he's sooooo desperate and willing to try anything to get his normal self back. I feel sorry for him when he tries so hard but eventually fails at things he attempts on. Lindy was...okay, but I think she could have shown more passion. Will is an all-time favourite character and Magda's simply wonderful!

I'm hoping to see the movie adaptation of Beastly (: I really hope Cloaked gets made into a movie someday as well!
Missing line on every page July 2 2014
By Sherry - Published on
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The quality of the book wasn't bad. However, I noticed that the last line was missing on many of the pages. I don't really appreciate spending money on this book when it's not even complete.