Monday, January 24, 2011

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Name - Beastly
Author - Alex Flinn
Publisher - HarperTeen
Release - October 1st 2007
Rating - 4.5/5
Summary from Goodreads - I am a beast.

A beast!

Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. 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.
Review - So Beastly is loosely based on The Beauty and The Beast which I have never seen (shocker right?), so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Lucky for me, I quickly found out that I was getting myself into a magically written, captivating, and charming tale of two very different people in New York city.
The main character Kyle Kingsbury is popular, beautiful, and rich, but he is also vain, egotistic, and obnoxious. As the story progresses you get to see a major change in Kyles character, which is something that makes a book great for me. Lindy, the Belle of the story, is smart, poor, and nice. The polar opposite of Kyle.

I am now yearning to read more by Flinn. Her writing just captures you. The only thing in the book that was a little off for me was the time line. I know it would be difficult to fit two years into a 304 page book, but I didn't like it. I think everyone should at least give this book a try because who doesn't like a good love story?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

In My Mailbox (8)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
 Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
 Choker by Elizabeth Woods
What did you get?

Unthinkable by Shirley Duke

Name - Unthinkable
Author - Shirley Duke
Publisher - Lerner Classroom
Release - October 8th 2010
Rating - 3.5/5

Summary - Omar Phillips is Bridgewater High's favorite local teen author. His Facebook fans can't wait for his next horror story. But lately Omar's imagination has turned against him. Horrifying visions of death and destruction come over him with wide-screen intensity. The only way to stop the visions is to write them down. Until they start coming true... Enter Sophie Minax, the mysterious Goth girl who's been following Omar at school. "I'm one of you," Sophie says. She tells Omar how to end the visionsbut the only thing worse than Sophie's cure may be what happens if he ignores it. 
From Goodreads

Review - 
I have mixed feelings for Unthinkable. The writing was amazing, but the plot was disappointing. To me, Unthinkable was just another cheesy horror book.

Let's start with the things I liked. Unthinkable is a very fast very light read, you won't be able put it down until you finish it. I know I couldn't. 

Now for the things I didn't care for. The plot was not very original. I would compare it to a cheesy horror movie from the 90's. The characters were lacking and I didn't like the way that Duke introduced a new character in the book

I do not regret reading this book, but if Duke releases a new book I'm not sure if I would pick it up judging on the originality of Unthinkable. I think if the book sounds good to you give it a try, but if you don't care for this type of book, you won't miss out on anything big by not reading it.
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