Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Beautiful Creatures Review

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Series: The Caster Chronicles
Book #: One
Authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Pages: 563

Published: 2009
Reading Level: Young Adult

Some loves are meant to be. Others are cursed.

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.

readingaddict's thoughts: 
There are so many things I like about this book. I don't even know where to begin. Let's start with character development, since that is incredibly important to me. Lena and Ethan are two of the deepest characters I've ever read about. I loved that they were actually ORIGINAL, not just come copy of an "Edward" or "Bella" like so many others. Don't get me wrong, I love Twilight, but there are just too many dark, mysterious new guys showing up in fictional high schools. This time, Lena was the new mysterious person. She is such an intriguing person, and her personality is enough to keep anyone reading, even if you hate the story (which I doubt). 

Same with Ethan. At first, I was disappointed to learn that the main character was a guy. I usually have a harder time bonding with the main characters if they're not girls. No such problem here- Ethan is the best friend every girl wishes she had. He might not be slick or sexy, but you learn to love him for who he is. 

I have always loved mysteries. My mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew books in third grade, and I've enjoyed a great mystery ever since. I've become pretty good at solving them, too. At least, in some books. I wasn't able to predict anything in this novel. The authors kept throwing new clues at me, and I was thrilled to begin piecing Lena's story together. Just when I thought I'd figured it all out, something new would shatter my theory. Don't you just love a story that keeps you guessing?

The ending was incredible. Not what I expected at all, but very appropriate and wonderful. Sometimes, books are good up until the ending, when everything goes wrong. Not the case with Beautiful Creatures.

The first night I read this book, I was up until one in the morning. I kept trying to sleep, but I always ended up switching the light back on and starting the next chapter. It was just too tempting. That's what this book is- addictive and tempting. You will LOVE IT!


Adriana said...

Great review. I loved Beautiful Creatures and I also stayed up late reading it.I can't wait for the sequel.

Kari Olson said...

Awesome review! I got this one for xmas!

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I can't wait to read this!!! Great review :)

Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...

I sooo want 2 read this book!*wishing 4 money* lol