Title: Beautiful Creatures
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: December 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover, 626 Pages
ISBN-10: 0316042676 (Little, Brown)
ISBN-13: 978-0316042673 (Little, Brown)
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
Quick & Dirty: A wonderfully epic read that will keep you guessing.
Opening Sentence: There were only two kinds of people in our town.
Excerpt: Click Here
Beautiful Creatures is a beautifully crafted story with lush details. The book is so descriptive and engaging that I felt like Gatlin was a real place. There’s no doubt that this is a well written novel. Garcia and Stohl spent a lot of time world building and incorporating mythology.
The story is told through Ethan’s point of view, which is a nice change of pace. Ethan came across as a very likable character. He’s still dealing with a death in the family and is having a hard time accepting the fact that his father has isolated himself. Ethan appears to cope fairly well with the pressures of a small town and doesn’t back down when he decides that he wants to be with Lena. Ethan feels that Gatlin is a dead end and he can’t wait to leave the small-minded town behind. Lena is the new mysterious girl in town that doesn’t quite please the locals. Lena just wants to have a normal life and struggles to deal with her abilities. As Lena counts down to when her fate will be decided, she fears that she will now lose the boy that she has fallen in love with. Lena’s family also plays a role in the intrigue and mystery behind the events that unfold. Even the secondary characters are richly drawn and well developed. The love story between Ethan and Lena is pretty vanilla in many ways. Their relationship could be cheesy one moment and then all encompassing the next. The historical flashbacks help set the tone for current events while also filling in the blanks on other key characters.
Overall, I liked the book. The paranormal mythology is certainly interesting and the historical elements are intricately woven into the story. It’s an enjoyable read and the size of the book shouldn’t deter you from giving it a read. This book definitely sets the stage for the sequel.
I can’t remember how I got to Ravenwood, but I know I nearly drove off the road a few times. My eyes could barely focus. Lena was in such intense pain, our connection so close, that I nearly blacked out just from feeling it through her.
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