⭐️ Yeah that’s one star

Author: Alex Flinn

No Spoiler review:

I read this whole book. That’s one of the only positive things I have to say. I don’t hate it, but seeing as there are amazing Beauty and the Beast retellings out there…this fell flat for me. I try not to waste precious reading time on books that aren’t worth it. Life is short, don’t read novels that don’t sparkle.

I think there is an issue when mothers write fiction aimed at the same age as their children. I don’t know if that was the case here or not, but it sure felt like it. Like they set out to write an interesting story, but then clip anything that has depth.

I doubt this author has picked up a successful YA book lately, but we expect more! This lacked intrigue, depth, and the familiarities with the original story are too plentiful. There’s a difference between being inspired by a story and plagiarism. I won’t get crazy and say this was plagiarism because I can’t say I’m an authority on it, and it was also much worse than the original telling.

****Spoilers Ahead****

I didn’t believe the “Beast” had changed or moved as a character. It was rushed. Character transformation is tricky, and just because you type it, doesn’t mean we believe it.

I found the girl (What was her name?) to be stuffy and one dimensional.

I didn’t believe that father character either. If he was that awful, he wouldn’t have funded the son that way. It would’ve helped if the son killed the father in a beastly rage and inherited his wealth. Then he would have some backstory with strength.

There was some weird hinted at maybe sexual stuff in the beginning with the popular mean girl. I hate when they do that. Either make it PG and don’t write gray area sexual stuff where we don’t know what happened, or friggin tell us what happened. It doesn’t have to be graphic to let us know what happened. Either commit to it or avoid it!

Don’t read, not worth the time. I hate when authors have a chance to write something magical and mess it up. All the hard work work was done, the framework was there, so where’s the good stuff. Add some intrigue, some depth, something really ugly, something really beautiful etc. 

I probably could go on, but why? I have other things to read. Things that sparkle 🎆🏰🌄⛺️🏞🎭


2 thoughts on “Beastly

  1. “Don’t read books that don’t sparkle.” THIS IS THE GOSPEL TRUTH. PREACH IT.

    Having said that, I’ve never read the book. After reading your review, I don’t plan to. Such a shame, too. I’m a huge fan of retellings..

    P.S. In one of my earlier blog posts, I mentioned my intention of visiting every blog that follows me and leaving a little comment love as a small expression of my gratitude. Having said that, I personally want to thank you for being a part of my readership. You are incredibly wonderful, and your support means more to me than you realize! 😊💕


    • How fun! I LOVE retellings. Have you read A Court of Thorns and Roses? It was a great beauty and the beast retelling. This one…not so much.

      That’s an awesome thing to do for your readers! Thank you for visiting 🙂

      I’ve always felt like I’ve been writing to an empty room, now I feel like someone just visited the inside of my head 😱


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