Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: Beautiful Creatures

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Page Number: 563
Series: The Caster Chronicles - Book 1
SYNOPSIS VIA AUTHOR WEBSITE

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.


 
MY RATING:
Reeled In!
MY THOUGHTS:

I wasn't really sure what to say about this book. I was initially very intrigued. And, don't get me wrong, I do love it. Just not as much as I hoped.

Lena shows up in the small town of Gaitlin, struggling to conceal her powers and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan can't wait to escape from the boring, old town... until he meets Lena. He's drawn to her in a way he can't explain, but he's determined to find out why.

What I loved most about this book was the plot. There were a lot of secrets in this book that kept the pages turning and kept me wrapped up in the story. More so toward the middle of the book. The romance between Lena and Ethan of course wrapped me up as well. You know me, sucker for emotional stories. Ethan is mortal (or so we're led to believe, but I'm still suspicious) and he fell in love with Lena, a not so mortal girl. They're a star crossed couple with a relationship doomed to fail.

Ethan seemed too good. I'm not sure that makes sense? I think the whole southern hospitality jazz was a little too overplayed in his characterization. Yep. Dramatization would be a good word. Lena was an interesting character. I wanted to slap her almost every two seconds, but she was interesting. Maybe I'm missing something, but I couldn't understand the way she acted toward the people that loved her and were trying to help her. Maybe it was some exaggeration of a teenage girl... She was happy *insert girl singing with animals in the forest* and then she got upset *insert storm cloud over girls head with animals running for cover.* I mean that last part quite literally. So, in essence, she wasn't my favorite character, but I hope to get to know her better in the future.

If you've read this book I'd love to know what you thought. If you leave a comment please be respectful to the authors, and watch spoilers. Overall, while I had a little problem with the characters, I'm intrigued to know where the story will go next.

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