Title: Beautiful Creatures
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Book Description: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
I read the novel for Beautiful Creatures back in November. I remember it took me a lot longer to get through than most of the other novels I read. I can’t really say it was due to the size of the novel so much as the slow rolling of the book as a whole. I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters seem to true to life; you either love them or you hate them. I just couldn’t bring myself to love it for everything that it was. I found myself dazing off at certain moments of the book, and others I was completely captivated. I can’t say that I would read the rest of the books in this series. Although I am a bit curious to know what happens next, the curiosity isn’t strong enough for me to keep going in this series. I did have the privilege of watching the movie at the midnight release last Wednesday. I must say the movie was actually pretty entertaining. Of course it is never possible to fit every detail into the movies that the book has to offer but I think it was very well done. I think because it moved a lot quicker than the book does I was able to enjoy it for the moments that captivated me in the book. I have come to appreciate the story and the movie but it was average at best. I give the book 3 out of 5 and the movie 3-1/2 out of 5.