Monday, December 3, 2012

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures
By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009
592 pages (paperback)

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.

Beautiful Creatures is the first book in a series of four so I’ve had the first couple books around for a while but never picked them up. I just assumed it would be “white noise” in a sea of fantasy-realistic fiction books. But then I heard that a movie based on Beautiful Creatures is coming out in February 2013 and is staring some awesome people. Well I just HAD to read it so I could see the movie.

Admittedly, it took me a while to get into the book. I think I just didn’t have time to devote to reading several chapters at a time. But I found it compelling and the connection between Lena & Ethan was interesting. Of course, an added bonus for me was that there are family tree diagrams in the book for the Wate, Ravenwood, and Duchannes families. I LOVE family trees.

Several chapters in the book picked up pace (though it still had a relaxing, winding Southern flow to it) and I couldn’t put it down. Literally. I stayed up until 3am reading the last 2/3 of the book. The characters were unique and have so much depth.

The first book left a LOT of questions unanswered so thankfully there are 3 more. I have started book #2 and I figure I will finish it before next week. Now I am anxiously awaiting the movie!

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