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Saturday, March 30, 2013

BEASTLY by Alex Flinn ~ book and movie guest review from Leela!

Today's second guest post comes from Leela of My World in English, a non-native English speaker who blogs in English and decided to brave the slight language barrier (she's so good!) and do a guest review for us on Alex Flinn's Beastly and its recent movie adaptation!
Make sure you leave her some love in the comments, and if you've read or watched Beastly, let us know what you think!

What would you do if a witch casts a spell and you become a monster? What would you do if all your world has been just turned upside down?

Well, this is what happens to the main character of this book.

What is this book about?
Kyle is a guy who has everything somebody can dream. He is handsome, popular and very rich. He has a lot of friends and girls are crazy about him. But one night he treats bad to the wrong person and he becomes a monster. Further information about the novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/544891.Beastly

This book is a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast and I think the author has made an excellent adaptation of it. At the beginning I thought the book could be interesting, but what I found was beyond that. I didn't expect the book was so good.

What I liked:
You can see the world of the main character and not only school or the relationship with his family, but the whole world.
The main character is a guy. I don't know why, but every time I choose a book, no matter if it's YA, adult fiction or a classic, the main character is a girl. It was nice of one time the main character was a boy :)
The chat which appears in the book. I liked the introduction of modern technology in this classic. It's really cool and it's characters from other fairy tales such as the frog prince or the little Mermaid.
The chapters are short and very entertaining.
I really loved the presence of books in the book. Lindy reads books and later Kyle reads books too. I love that Lindy is a book lover, who has a lot of books, and she knows how appreciate them :)

What I don't like: Nothing. This book is superb. It was perfect and much better than I expected

Favourite character: Kendra. Maybe this surprises you, maybe not, but I think she is so different from the rest of the people that it's impossible not to pay her attention. I like her reactions because they are not what the main character expects.

Character most hated: the father. He doesn't want to be with his son even when the son was handsome. The father only thinks in himself and his appearance and the appearance of the rest of the people, criticising them for being fat, ugly or PREGNANT! He is a bad father who treats his son very bad.

Do you know there is film based on the book? The film includes people as Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris and Mary Kate Olsen among others.
Further information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1152398/?ref_=sr_1

In the book the film The Princess Bride is mentioned. This is a classic from the 80s who was starred by Peter Falk, Robin Wright and Fred Savage among others. For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093779/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

At some point of the book Lindy talks about Strawberry Fields park. This park is famous because it's where John Lenmon was shot. The name of the park is named Strawberry Fields in his honour. In the centre of the park there is a mosaic where is written Imagine. Further information: http://www.centralpark.com/guide/attractions/strawberry-fields.html

Overall: The novel is very well written and everything is setted in a way that it's almost impossible go put the book down. You get into story very quickly. It was a pleasure to read it. Two thumbs up! :D

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1 comment:

  1. I've seen the trailer for the film a few times and it never seems to captivate me.
    Beauty and Beast was never a story that interested me growing up so I think that was basically why I didn't want to watch the film.
    Also, when I tried to buy the book, only the movie cover was available and I didn't like it at all.

    But everyone seem to love the book! I've hear nothing but good reviews so I may give it a chance after all.


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