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Book Review – Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl


Beautiful Creatures is the first book of the Beautiful Creatures written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It’s a story of Lena who is struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations and Ethan who hates living in a small southern town of Gaitlin. But everything change when Ethan found out that the girl he’s in love with from his dreams is the same girl the town hated.


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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia  and Margaret Stohl
Series:
Beautiful Creatures, #1
Published
December 1st 2009 by Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Young AdultRomanceParanormal
563 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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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.

Review

I watched the film adaptation of this book a long time ago and the only thing I can remember was how bored I was watching it. That said, I wasn’t really expecting a lot when I decided to read this story. It started… hmmm… fine. But I think I like the writing style, actually, it gets better as you read. Plus, this story was taken from the hero’s POV which I find really interesting (the heroine has only 1 chapter [?] taken from her own POV).

The first half of the story was, as I’ve said fine, but when I reached the middle, I started to feel really agitated because of the mystery. Plus, I am also loving the spooky vibe. I guess that explains the book cover eh? *wink. I love paranormal stories but this one didn’t really get into me until the second half. And speaking of second half, it was really so frustrating and so intense. Frustrating because of the absurd people in the town of Gaitlin acting like a child bullying a teenage girl just because she’s an outsider. And intense because of the action and confrontation especially on the last two or three chapters of this book.

Aside from the mystery and action, Beautiful Creatures didn’t fail on the romance part. Well, I always love YA romance anyway so that wasn’t a big surprise at all, *wink. But still, I think for this series, the one that really stood up to me the most was Ethan’s big love for Lena. It was so pure and so true that he’ll risk everything just for her, isn’t that just sweet?

As for the main characters, I actually like Ethan. I don’t remember ever hating his character even a little bit while reading this story, all his actions were warranted and I just salute his devotion for Lena.

And for Lena, I actually feel sorry for her character during the first half of this story especially on the bullying. The bullying was really absurd considering that her Uncle’s ancestors were the first residents of the town, so technically, she’s not a total outsider at all. Her character is fine by me but I just hated how she always seems to give up when the situation gets tough, good thing Ethan never gave up on her.

The side characters were a combination of cliché but I let that pass when I reached the intense chapters! Man! That was really unexpected. I also love that this story didn’t leave us hanging but instead giving us an idea on what will happen on the next installment.

Overall, I think it was a good start for this series. For now, I am giving this story a 3.5 stars.

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About the Authors

Kami Garcia | Blushing Geek

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times & USA Today bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels & the Dangerous Creatures novels, and the author of the instant New York Times bestseller & Bram Stoker Award nominated novels UNBREAKABLE & UNMARKED in the Legion Series. Her contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4th (Imprint/Macmillan).

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Margaret Stohl | Blushing Geek

Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times, PW, USA Today, LA Times and Internationally bestselling co-author or author of twelve books, including the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES NOVELS, the DANGEROUS CREATURES NOVELS, the ICONS NOVELS, MARVEL’S BLACK WIDOW NOVELS, ROYCE ROLLS & CATS VS ROBOTS THIS IS WAR (forthcoming!) She writes the MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL comic for Marvel Comics (ongoing) and has contributed to countless videogames; currently, she is a Narrative Director at Bungie.

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