Author: Alex Flinn.
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. (Published summary.)
This retelling of the Beauty and the Beast is set in the present and narrated from the point of view of the Beast, but beyond that is quite faithful to the story. This is rather creepy, because while a daughter in exchange for a man’s life is a turning point in a fairy tale, it’s a lot weirder in modern times. The main character, the Beast, starts out a jerk and a creep (he seems to have no problem with using a magic mirror to spy on girls) but had a lot of character development. I liked the female lead much better.
Sexual content: Mention of girls in fish-net costumes. Girl thinks he wants her to sleep with. Two incidents of girl groping mc. One off-scene strongly implied heavy make out session. Boy uses magic mirror to watch people, sees girls naked. Uses dating website, mention of clicking on a link only to find a pay/s site.
Language: 12 Scatological, 1 d***, 2 exclamations of “Why the hell” and one of “Oh my God”. 4 derogatory terms
Violence: Man attacks woman, is subsequently savaged by beast.
Other problems: MC has no problem using a magic mirror to spy on people.