Beautiful Creatures is written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and is the first novel in the Caster Chronicles. The book was first published on December 1, 2009 but republished with the new movie cover on January 3, 2013.
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.
Okay so I LOVED the fact that the setting for this novel is in yours truly, South Carolina. The book, while slightly dragging in places, it was a really good read. It had everything a paranormal romance needed. Angst, love at first dream, family conflict, and a surprise death.
The relationship between Ethan and Lena is what I found the most interesting though. Before they even knew each other, Ethan was already falling in love with the girl that repeatedly appears in his dreams. The same dreams where he continually loses her. When he finds the girl of his dreams (literally) he puts everything into getting her to be his, but that isn’t easy, especially with Lena’s deadly family secrets. Will his love be enough to save them both? Breaking through to Lena is easy, but with her 16th birthday fast approaching and the full moon ready to claim her, love may not be enough to save her from herself.
While this book was pretty good, there were some things that I did NOT like, the setting being the main issue. While it is placed in South Carolina, the city of Gatlin does not exist. Along with the fake city, the way SC was described is wrong. Summerville is a large and thriving city and nowhere near Moultrie its about two hours away. The other thing that bothered me is that the book tended to lag a little. It wasn’t horrible, but it get slow enough to where I would just skip ahead a little and still no feel like I missed anything.
Overall, this was a really good book, a 6.5 out of 10. On a side note, the movie is also really great and, as far as movies made from novels go, sticks to what happens in the book and the details pretty well. Okay, done ranting now. Happy Readings!
- Review of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (mywordstoplaywith.wordpress.com)
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- Beautiful Creatures Movie Review 3 (shockya.com)
- Beautiful Creatures Literature/movie Review (queenslogic.com)