Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
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Also by this author: The Lovely Reckless
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover,563 pages
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.
Beautiful Creatures is a slow southern gothic read that quenches your thirst for the paranormal genre like sweet tea on a hot July day. I like that the book had a slow subtle build to it. You were familiarized with the characters and the setting before really thrown into everything.
I loved the setting of Beautiful Creatures. I grew up in a small town just like Gatlin County and it was pretty similar to small town southern living. It does ruffle my feathers a little that people say this book is being stereotypical to southerners. There is a difference between southern city living and southern country living. Of course I do think some things were maybe dramatized for the book but for the most part it is spot on to me. How freaking awesome is Ravenwood Manor? I would love a house that could do the things it could. Also a “kitchen” would be totally nifty.
Ethan is a little timid for my taste in book boyfriends, but I did enjoy the book from his point of view. I think if beautiful creatures had been written in Lena’s point of view it just wouldn’t have been the same. Seeing things through Ethan’s eyes made things feel more realistic in the magical parts. I do like that Ethan never gave up on Lena. She was constantly back and forth with him and he fought to stay by her side. I know if I was Lena I would have had a lot more fun before my birthday instead of worrying. I know that wouldn’t have helped the situation with the town people though. I felt with Lena I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. She didn’t choose her life and I would hate to see people always tip toeing around me.
Macon was an interesting fellow and I sure do love his own version of Boo Radley. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what he was and it was a definite surprise after he finally reveals it. Ridley was so much fun and I loved the chaos that she started. The rest of Lena’s family was quite intriguing. I can’t believe the betrayal a certain member revealed. I also liked that everyone had their own abilities; it made the magic in the book truly unique. The sisters even though a small part of the book were my favorite characters. I could just imagine those batty old women causing trouble around town.
I do love a book with details but I feel like Beautiful Creatures might have been a tiny bit over detailed. I think some of the details could have been removed and it still be a fabulous read. The magic in Beautiful Creatures was unique and fresh. I liked that it wasn’t the typical broomsticks and black cats. Also the talk of southern cooking had me drooling in some parts of Beautiful Creatures. I love some good southern home cooking and Amma can cook for anytime. I can’t wait to dive into Beautiful Darkness and see what happens next.