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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl


where I got my copy: Borders
where else can you buy: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.

There was a curse.

There was a girl.

And in the end, there was a grave.

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.


Sixteen moons, sixteen years
Sixteen of your deepest fears
Sixteen times you dreamed my tears
Falling, falling through the years…

These words are the lyrics of the song from Ethan Lawson Wate's ipod. Haunting just the way I like it. Beautiful Creatures is a refreshing change from my plethora of vampire novels and action junkie paranormal creatures, not that I am willing to trade them just yet but you know... it is nice that I can actually enjoy, something different from time to time.

Ethan had one of those dreams... I certainly had them before and I know how the feeling was. It was weird to had a dream about someone that you haven't met or not even sure if you're ever going to meet and yet in your dream and even after you wake up you have this feeling of love towards that person. In a town where your best friend and your ex-date's mother rule, gossips are relentless and  that nothing ever happens - Lena Duchannes' arrival was considered a blasphemy. Not only she's an outsider but she is Macon Ravenwood's niece, the town's very own Boo Radley. Well I think she rocks. Rolling to school in a hearse, well ok, that maybe weird but still. All black and a chick wearing chucks? She immediately got my attention. But that's not the only remarkable thing about Lena. Ethan and I discovered that she is a Caster. A modern day term (I guess) for Witches, but don't let her or any of ther relatives hear that.

It was a fascinating read. A small town filled with hypocrites and close minded people who happens to be ignorant as well -about the existence of another world (aside from those few people in the know), mysterious locket, a curse, stupid and hallow high school cheerleaders, over protective mothers, an underground library, and a Librarian who's dialogue was quotes from books and the Harry Potter-ish way of seeing the past thru an object was way cool. I also like the love story that ended tragically from the past. The book really did good. It was a bit descriptive at times but not redundant. I wasn't sure if I wanted to weep on what I read at the end or be happy that now the song says Seventeen Moons, at the end I settled being glad. The decisions that Ethan and Lena made wasn't what I was hoping...

"Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. Youare such beautiful creatures." ~Macon Ravenwood

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Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Glad you liked this one. I really enjoyed it as well! :)

Larissa said...

Great review hon! Im looking forward to reading this one =)))

Wrighty said...

I can't wait to read this one! Really enjoyed your review.

Katrina said...

Okay, I have this one on hold at the library but you just made me want to read it more. A girl wearing chucks?, that is me. And a caster? YAY!

Violet said...

Excellent review! I really enjoyed Beautiful Creatures too! :)

InABox said...

This has been on my wishlist a while, but I hadn't seen it compared to HP or Boo Radley. Now I want to read it even more!

Ria Nichol said...

I appreciate your view on the book. Thanks for doing a review on this. I was wondering if it was worth buying. :D

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