rating: 4 of 5 stars
This modern-day re-imagined fairy tale follows Kyle Kingsbury, a beautiful shallow teenager who is cruel to the wrong witch. She casts a spell on him and makes him a beast. He's forced to live in hiding, which isn't too uncomfortable thanks to his father's wealth (think live-in maid and tutor plus all the entertainment you could wish for). The only way out of the spell is for a girl to fall in love with him and kiss him. The love story that results is a bit rushed, but otherwise this book is a definite winner. The IM messages between BeastinNYC, SilentMaid (the little mermaid), a frog (the frog prince), etc. are pretty funny, too.
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