by Alex Flinn
Date Read: 3/20/17
To say I’m disappointed in this book is an understatement.
Actually, to be honest, Beastly has been Flinn’s best novel I’ve read. All the
subsequent ones I’ve read had left something to be desired. But I think this has been the worst.
Rating: ★ ★
Rating: ★ ★
It’s possible a lot of that has to do with there being 4 stories jammed in to this one book. You never really get attached to any of the characters or sucked in to any of the stories. I think my favorite would have been the first story about Kenda and the Salem Witch Trials. I wish she would have just done one story and focused on that – and if she’d focused just on the Little Red Riding Hood story, there probably wouldn’t have been insta-love. After that, Kendra was hardly in the book as you progressed with each story.
I felt that you understood the characters the most in the last story, but it was a bit boring. It was an ugly duckling story, but very loosely. Kendra was barely in this book except to make Chris blossom in to someone handsome.
I pretty much hated the two stories in the middle and didn’t recognize either of the fairy tales.
This book was really hard to get through. There was a point where I almost didn’t finish it. But I’m a stickler for trying to finish what I started and I really wanted to like this book because of how much I loved Beastly. I don’t think I can overlook the fact that I don’t particularly enjoy Flinn’s writing anymore. If she continues writing, I’m not sure I’ll pick up her books.