Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publication Date/Version: December 2009/Hardcover
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Age Group: 12 and up
Received From: ReaderViews
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.
First off, let me just say "wow." This book was truly a great work of literature, and it's sure to be a huge hit. I think the universe has an unspoken law that any book this large has to be good - otherwise, it's just a waste of paper. ;) And this was definitely not a waste of paper!
Beautiful Creatures had it all: mystery, suspense, some serious romance, and plenty of twists. All the makings of a perfect story. I was drawn in from the very beginning, and although a darker tale, Ethan's sarcasm had me laughing all the way through. Each character had a great story, and each was well-developed. Characterization was a large part of this book.
The storyline itself was simply amazing. The rich setting added tons to the complex plot. There was always a new twist to comprehend, and I felt as though I was there with the characters. The pacing was spot on; never did I have to put the book down because of slow points. The story came to life with wonderful details, and overall, the book had a great voice to it.
Normally, I'm not a fan of male protagonists, but Ethan was awesome. He was so easy to connect with, and you'll root for him the entire time as he searches for a cure to Lena's dark curse. His attraction to Lena was adorable, and their romance had me swooning. I couldn't get enough of them. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have created an absolutely wonderful book that is bound to be incredibly popular. And by the looks of it, there's definitely a sequel!
Overall: Beautiful Creatures weaves a complex story filled with darkness, hope, first love, and endless emotions. Truly original.
My Advice: Preorder this! You won't regret it.
The Cover: I would have liked to see something a bit brighter, maybe Lena's eyes. The writing is very pretty, however, and I like the slight sparkle it has.