Saturday, April 14, 2012

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author(s): Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
Author Links: Website
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 1st 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 563
Summary from Goodreads;
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.
5 stars, recommend to everyone
The credits for this book were purchased by Alcon Entertainment with Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert being cast as Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes. Viola Davis had been cast as the character of Amma and Emma Thompson was to be both Mrs. Lincoln and Sarafine.The film currently has a 2013 release date, with filming due to start in April.

I have seen and read tons of good reviews on this series especially on CassJayTuck's  Mortal Minutes, so I decided to give it a try. I admit to trying to read it once, but it didn't work out because I was in a reading slump. So, I decided to give it another try and I don't regret it. I admit, this book is not one of my top favorites but it is a book worthy of being read by everyone I can get my hands on and convince.

Beautiful Creatures book was a very unique read. For starters, it's written in a male's point of view, Ethan. Although towards the end it does switch to Lena's point of view. Also, the truth behind the character's were original as well as the characters themselves. I really like how the authors incorporated music into the novel. There were moments when Lena frustrated me. I understand how she wanted to protect Ethan but she reminded me of Bella Swan from Meyer's Twilight Saga and uh...I'm not a big fan of Bella. My favorite character was probably Mason, the "creepy guy who never left his house" and Link. The fact that they brought humor into the story at random times amused me.

Beautiful Creatures is a breath taking book that will have you flipping through the pages to find what happens next. Margaret and Kami made a novel filled with suspense and a truly original plot with characters that were as equally as original.

              “The right thing and the easy thing are never the same.” 
                                    ― Kami Garcia, Beautiful Creatures


  1. Great review! I've been curious about this series for a long time but never picked it up because I'm usually put off by reading books that are written from a male's POV. But this definitely sounds like a book worth reading, so maybe I'll have to make an exception! Plus, the characters sound awesome. =)

    1. Thanks. You should read it, it's a great read. (:

  2. How great that you decided to give this book another shot! I haven't read it yet, but it sounds like it is fantastic. I may have to add this to my list.

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