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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Description

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.

About the Author

Alex Flinn loves fairy tales and is also the author of Beastly, a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast that is a feature film starring Vanessa Hudgens, and A Kiss in Time, an edgy twist on Sleeping Beauty. Her other books include Breathing Underwater, an ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults, Breaking Point, Nothing to Lose, Fade to Black, and Diva. She lives in Miami with her husband, two kids, a cat, and a dog.

Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006087418X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060874186
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This is a wonderful young adult retelling of Beauty and the Beast which has been modernized perfectly. This is an easy to read story that should be familiar to most teens. There are drugs mentioned since Beauty's father is a drug addict, but the mention is a negative one. Just a few kisses, so nothing much to worry about on the sex front either. You can see Linda bloom like one of Kyle/Adrian's roses as the story develops. I know the upcoming movie (due 3/2011) is going to be wonderful. The actors chosen really look just as the author describes them.

I think this should appeal to everyone who loves a good romance. I am definitely going to look for more books by this author!

ADDED:  I read this book when it first came out, so this is my review from then.  The movie was originally scheduled for release in 7/2010 and  I would have to reread the book, but from what I remember and the short posted on you tube over a year ago, I thought the casting was well done and captured the characters.


WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK?

Contest is open to anyone with reliable mail service (Worldwide and PO Boxes OK!)
Winner will be chosen by Random.org on 3.2.11
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is sponsored by ME and one book is available.
This book is in USED condition, but has several good reads left in it.

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87 comments:

  1. Actually the actors don't look just like the way the characters are described in the book. Lindy in the book was fair skinned and had red hair. Vanessa Hudgens is the exact opposite. But the movie still looks good! :)

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  2. Awesome giveaway! I love this book! Well, I love pretty much any retellings of classic fairy tales, haha.

    I tweeted about this contest too!

    http://twitter.com/#!/TBLbookblog/status/37661923541516289

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  3. I haven't read Beastly yet, but I have seen the Movie trailer and O.M.G. It look AMAZING!!!

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  4. Ah yay! I'm excited I've been wanting to read this book to understand what everyone is talking about and I LOVE the tale of beauty and the beast.

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  5. Awesome giveaway!!! I cant wait to read this one :)

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  6. Would love to read this and can't wait to see the movie too!

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  7. i can't wait to read this book. thanks for the giveaways :)

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  9. Would love to read this book!
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  10. Loved this retelling of Beauty & The Beast. And I can't wait until the movie comes out. I just hope they do it justice.

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  11. I really wanna read this book :) Awesome giveaway, and thanks for making it international :D

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  12. I've heard a lot of good things about this book, and you are confirming their worth. Thanks for the giveaway - I definitely want to give this one a go!

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  13. Great book! I can't wait to see the movie.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. Wow, thank you for the giveaway and the post. I haven't read Beastly yet, but I've seen the trailer of its adaptation and I loved it! In generally, I don't like Vanessa Hudgens, but I can't wait to see this movie :) And of course, to read the book :)

    Thank again,
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  15. Thanks for a great giveaway! This book is on my wishlist :)

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  16. +1 comment: So excited! I've been meaning to read this for a long time now. Really hope to win. I'm a GFC follower.

    +1 tweeted: twitter.com/#!/SweetNSensible

    Thanks:)

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  17. +1 comment: So excited! I've been meaning to read this for a long time now. Really hope to win. I'm a GFC follower.

    +1 tweeted: twitter.com/#!/SweetNSensible

    Thanks:)

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  18. This book has been on my wish list for a long time!And now that I have seen the trailer of the movie,it's gotten me even more excited!I so hope to win!:)

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  23. I cannot wait to read this book! It looks amazing :)

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  24. Tweeted:

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  25. I really enjoyed A Kiss in Time and don't know why I haven't picked this up yet. It looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  26. I really want to read this one! My favorite Disney movie was Beauty & the Beast.

    I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/BellaMarie5/status/38038239872942080

    Thanks for the chance to win this. :)

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  29. definitely want to read this before watching the movie version. thanks.

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  30. I've been wanting to read this since like, EVER! But unfortunately it's not yet available here in India. Thanks for making it international! I shared the giveaway on Facebook. Here's the link http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=534836881

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  31. Thanks for this great giveaway 'and for making it international, since I'm French, it's pretty great) and for your review !! This book seems awesome . I love retelling of fairy tales .. And I look forward to see the movie adaptation with Alex Pettyfer ;)

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  32. I read this book when it first came out, and I liked it. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite stories EVER, but I haven't always liked the re-tellings that come out. I'm excited for the movie, but I'm not crazy about the casting choices. (The fact that she was in High School Musical kind of ruins it for me...)

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  33. I just saw the preview for this movie :) I'd love to read the book first, though.

    ~Ali
    aliciaeflores1 @ yahoo.com

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  34. Thank you so much!
    l blogged - http://ukbookgiveaways.blogspot.com/2011/02/international-giveaway_5901.html

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  38. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  65. Thanks for the giveaway!!! And for making it international! =)
    I've been dying to read Beastly! I love The Beauty and The Beast! It's one of my favorite stories EVER! *-*

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/eyelashwishes/status/41290630420369408

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  73. I hope I win, thank you!

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/sweepstakelover/status/42336574935019520

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  78. I'm actually starting Beastly tonight! Can't wait!

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  79. I also tweeted it :)

    http://twitter.com/#!/jesimar13/status/42480168715042816

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  80. Just signed up to follow by email. This looks like a great book. I like the retelling of the fairy tales.
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  81. Cool giveaway! The book sounds really cool - I love takes on fairy tales.

    (Also, from form - follow you on GFC with this account, on twitter as @tommygirl, and on GoodReads as Mare S/Tommygirl)

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  87. This contest has ended!

    The winner is Amy from I Heart Reading!

    Thanks to everyone who entered!
    Another giveaway will start in just a little while.

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