Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Category: YA
Warnings: Mild Violence and themes
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Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

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.

A friend of mine recommended this series to me a few months ago. I was so buried in my reading pile that I hadn’t gotten around to ordering it until almost a month ago. I should’ve gotten it sooner, because this book is, for lack of a better word, epic.

The story starts out with Ethan Wate, a young boy of sixteen living in Gatlin, North Carolina; a city where nothing ever changes, and when things come in style way too late. Except one day when Lena Duchannes comes to town.

Suddenly, Ethan and Lena are bound together by the ties of the past, and nothing for them can quite ever be the same.

I love them. I love Ethan and Lena, because they are just [insert gibberish here]. Amazing, both as a pair and as individual characters. I love that Lena is independent, yet is dependable and loving, and that Ethan sees that in her. He knows that they are different, but he’s willing to overlook that. I love how Ethan loves her and cares for her like no one could. It wasn’t rushed and it wasn’t pushed, they let their relationship take its course.

Other fun characters include Amma, who is the grandma I wish I had, Ridley, the cousin we all love to hate, and Larkin, who despite his mistakes is a guy we’d all love to meet, and Link. Oh, Link. No words. He provided the comic relief in a such a way, that regardless of the situation surrounding the book, he managed to lighten up the mood.

Overall, this is an action-packed novel that will take your breath away until the last page—and will leave you wanting more and impatient to dive into its sequel.

Give it a try, if you can. You must read.

Love, -M

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