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Beastly by Alex Flinn

Beastly - Alex Flinn

For someone who doesn't particularly like YA books and doesn't particularly like first-person narrative (if it isn't the Fever series, of course), this story pleasantly surprised me.


Not in a OMG-I'll-read-only-YA-from-now-on way and not even OMG-what-a-wonderful-story-more-stories-should-be-like-this kind of way (the kidnapping angle ruined that for me).But if you do look at this 'modern Beauty and the Beast retelling from a straight fairy-tale point of view, it works. If you look at it from a normal 21st century point of view, it doesn't. Especially not since it's a YA book. You usually find kidnapping-is-an-aphrodisiac themes in those pesky Harlequin and Silhouette novels.


Still, it was a nice little read, if you forget the major plot element.