Saturday, November 21, 2009

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little, Brown
Hardcover, 563 pages
Date Published: December 1, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
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.

Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed Beautiful Creatures. The plot, the characters, the pace…everything was so perfectly developed that I couldn’t picture it any other way.

The southern town of Gatlin is presented as everything a small town should be; with characters that reek of self-proclaimed superiority and a distaste for outsiders. The arrival of Lena Duchannes creates such a stir that I was hooked from the get-go. Ethan, Lena, as well as every other character (even the lesser characters) are so fully developed that it’s impossible not to be thoroughly invested in the story. The plot is entirely original and I found myself completely captivated by it.

Beautiful Creatures had me shocked, laughing, and crying all within the same chapter. The story is moving and so flawlessly weaved together that I was immersed in this achingly rich and complex world that constantly had me yearning for more.

To quote the book, “There was a girl. There was a curse. And in the end, there was a grave. I never even saw it coming” (pg. 3).

Neither did I.

The twists, turns, and relentless obstacles comprise a beautifully written story about two teenagers and a history that is fighting against them. I devoured all 563 pages of that fight.
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it
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3 comments:

alterlisa said...

Have added this to my TBR pile as everyone is raving about it. Can't wait!

Rheanna said...

I saw this as one of your books in the contest. I have to say im intrigued and will definetly be reading more of your reviews to find books I may be interested in thx!

Bere said...

Oh man, I cannot wait to read this one. I need to get myself a copy asap! Fantastic review, Nikki, thanks so much! =)

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