Book: BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
Author(s): KAMI GARCIA AND MARGARET STOHL
Genre: YA FANTASY/SUSPENSE
I borrowed this book
Picture courtesy of Good Reads
Ethan Wate lives in a small town, where the faces stay the same, and nothing of consequence ever seems to happen. Until, Lena Duchannes shows up on a stormy night. She shatters Ethan's world, and changes his outlook on everything.
In BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, Lena is a mysterious girl, who quickly becomes the school outcast. Ethan knows that he will suffer the same fate, if he continues his association with the compelling teen. But, he doesn't care. Somehow, he knows that they belong together.
Lena has secrets, though. Very dangerous secrets. A destructive power is rising in Gaitlin, South Carolina; Lena and Ethan find themselves smack in the middle of a centuries old curse. Ultimately, Ethan and Lena will have to defend their family, their world, and their love.
I really liked reading BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. It was one of the few books where I had prior knowledge of the authors experience writing the novel. This insight helped in my total immersion in the world of Gatlin, South Carolina. The novel is a good example of a gothic read. I liked how little by little, Lena's past and her progeny was revealed.
The book was a hefty 563 pages, so it was important that I want to keep reading, and not get lost along the way. I think that this was accomplished remarkably well, without having pages and pages of info dump, or background that might have been necessary for the authors, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, but not as important for the readers.
One of the other features of the book that I enjoyed, was the fact that the novel was told from the point of view of the male character, Ethan Wate. In the past, I have read many YA fantasy, urban fantasy, suspense, and paranormal romance. Most of these books are from the point of view of the female main character. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES offered a fresh voice, without making the male either too macho, or too emo.
I put off reading this book, because it was the read for my online book club (Night Owl Society). The down side to this approach was, I kept asking myself why I waited so long to read it. But, the upside is, now I don't have to wait so long for the next book, BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS!
Also, take a look at my Good Reads review of this book, for more insight. (There will be spoilers!)
My Rating: 12.5/15 Highly Recommend
Bonus Cover Points: 4.5/5
20 May, 2010
Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Posted by Lillie (AliseOnLife)
I'm a writer, aspiring to that higher plane of becoming a published author. I love books in all their forms, be it electronic or print (though obviously, there is nothing like the texture of a book in my hands!). I want to share that love and meet others who feel the same.