Wednesday, February 23, 2011

REVIEW: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Synopsis taken 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.

Beastly is a modern version of the classic fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast", being told from the point of view of The Beast, known as Kyle Kingsbury. Kyle is the son of a famous news anchor, and attends an elite school where he is the most popular boy there. In one of his classes, he meets a very ugly, fat girl named Kendra. To mess with her, he invites her to the dance as his date, even though he is taking his girlfriend instead. His girlfriend, Sloan Hagen, loves him only for his looks and when he takes her to the dance she gets upset that he gives her a single white rose, instead of an orchid. At the dance, Kyle ends up giving this rose to the ticket taker, a nobody named "Lindy". 

After the dance, he goes back to Sloan's place and ends up drinking but leaves before Midnight. When he gets home, Kendra is in his room and reveals she is a witch. She puts a spell on Kyle, which turns him ugly, into a beast. He flips out, smashing things. She tells him the only way to break the curse is to fall in love and have a girl kiss him out of love. When his father finds out, he takes him to so many plastic surgeons, but nobody can put him back to the way he looked. His father ships him to Brooklyn, to stay in an old house with the maid, Magda. He hires a tutor for Kyle, a blind man named Will. Over the course of months, Kyle changes his name to Adrian, and becomes best friends with Will and Magda.

Will teaches him how to garden, and they end up planting roses all over the garden, and Kyle/Adrian later builds a greenhouse so he can grow roses all year round. One day, a man breaks into the greenhouse, and when Kyle/Adrian threatens to kill him, he tells him he will give him his daughter in exchange for his life. Kyle/Adrian takes up the offer, because he wants someone to love him and break the spell.

When the man shows up a week later, he finds out that the man's daughter, is Lindy the nobody from the dance at his school. Over the next two years, Kyle/Adrian learns to look past looks and ends up falling in love with Lindy, despite the fact he thinks she could never love him. One night he looks into his magic mirror, and finds out she is being kidnapped, and he runs off to save her. All fairy tales have happy endings, so its pretty obvious what happens now...Beast saves Lindy, Lindy says she loves him, spell is broken with a kiss.

My Thoughts
I was highly disappointed with Beastly, from watching the movie trailer I thought this book would be VERY interesting. But it was the WEIRDEST modern day fairy tale I had EVER read. I also got confused when there were random times, between parts, where the beast was in a chatroom with other fairy tale creatures. I expected a lot more from this book. Overall, it was a good and interesting read, but it just did not live up to what I was expecting.

And the rating is....

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Top Tuesday - Worst Books Ever Written

5. Eragon
4. The Host
3. Vampire Academy
2. House of Night Series

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fan Fiction

I am thinking of reading and doing "mini reviews" of popular fanfiction.
For something to do while I am reading longer novels, as a way to keep my blog updated frequently.
What are your thoughts on fanfiction?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Books For Kids

One of my favorite channels on youtube is the IEatWords channel. Right now, they are donating books to their local children's hospitals. Speaking as a mother of two, if any of my kids had a life threatening illness and had to be in and out of a hospital all the time, I would love if someone donated them some books. They are doing a great thing, and for every "like" on youtube, they will donate a dollar.

And, if you want to donate some money to the cause, they opened up a paypal account! Any little bit helps, and its for a great cause :)

Click here to see their blog post


Okay I think I am done messing with my blog haha.
What do you guys think? Colorful, no? :)

Friday, February 18, 2011


Review: "Go Ask Alice" Anonymous

Go Ask Alice tells us of a 15 year old girl who is addicted to drugs. Supposedly this is her diary, but I just found out this book is nothing but fiction. It's not true at all. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed reading it, even though I read the whole book thinking it was a girls real diary.

Personally, I think she gets so hooked on drugs because she is finally excepted. As the story starts out, we learn she is an outcast and a misfit with no friends. When she finally gets invited to a party, she gets excited, and during this party is when she gets served LSD in a soft drink.

She goes through periods of coming off the drugs, then relapses and after a while she does everything just to get a trip. She ends up sleeping with men and women, just to get high. She runs away twice, until finally she stops for good. When she finally stops for good, she gets called all these names and kids threaten to give her little sister drugs, and slip pot into her fathers car so he gets in trouble. Kids can be cruel.

It really shows how the world really is, and how kids can be so nasty.

It all began when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD, ever since she was hooked.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, February 17, 2011

IEatWords is having a giveaway :D (not my channel)

New Blog

Hey guys! This is Heather from the youtube account xodragongirlox! This is my new blog to post my reviews and such, so please follow this blog. I  think this looks more cleaner then tumblr, for reviews IMO!