I AM A BEAST.
A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright … a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. You thing 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.
I lived in darkness now. I started sleeping during the day, walking the streets and riding the subways at night, when no one could really see me. I knew now what it was to be desperate. I knew what it was to skulk in darkness, looking for some little bit of hope and finding nothing. I know what it was to be so lonely you could kill from it.
I wished I had an opera house. I wished I had a cathedral. I wished I could climb to the top of the Empire State Building like King Kong. Instead, I had only the anonymous streets of New York with their millions of stupid, clueless people ... I scared me.
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Beauty and the Beast from the beast's point-of-view. Engaging characters keep you reading. A very quick read.
Told from the beast's point of view, I found that I really liked the characters and felt quite invested in the story. My initial expectation was that I wouldn't be so impressed with a retold fairy tale, but I was proven wrong. I liked the NYC setting and the emphasis of the beast's loneliness even though being surrounded by people in the city, yet separated, bringing home the human desire to be needed, loved and connected. Alex Flinn did a fantastic job on this, making the story new again. Definitely a sweet story and a first choice for a quick read.