Synopsis: (click here for an excerpt)
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 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.
Beefs: Like I said, it's fluff. But good fluff. It was a nice light read that brought me another take on Beauty and the Beast.
Brownie Points: The concept. Beauty and the Beast told from the POV of a 21st century rich, privileged boy. POV of the Beast. And that's delightful. Truly, truly is. Rather than a reluctant father who gives up his daughter, you've got a drug addict seeing a get-out-of-jail-free card. Rather than a castle, you've got a Brownstone in the Bronx, famous ashamed father, blind tutor, and a sweet maid. Flinn has a way of taking familiar elements, adding updated new familiar elements to it, to make a familiar book we haven't seen before. If that makes any sense.
Ending: Loved it. Turns out how you'd expect. Though through the last chat session, you get a feeling of unease in the fairy tale world. Where's SilentMaid? Do I smell a sequel in our futures?
Recommendation: Love fairy tale rewrites? You'll love this one.
Would I represent it? Probably not. I'm not actively looking for fairy tale rewrites. There are a lot out there, and it has to be spectacular to stand out.