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In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .
There is a girl.
Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair.
There is a curse.
On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised.
And no one can stop it.
In the end, there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.
Ethan never even saw it coming.
It was darker than I expected, I admit, but I was utterly captivated by Beautiful Creatures. The writing was beautiful, and I fell in love with Lena when I learned about her awesome room, and her ability to write on those walls. And in her journal. And just everywhere.
The actual plot of the story was unique and kept me guessing the whole way through, and not many novels have succeeded in doing that. I loved the quirky Duchannes family through and through, and all of the smaller characters that seemed to bring a little more magic into the novel.
One I didn't find quite so beautiful about Beautiful Creatures was the stereotypical nature of both the town, and through the town, their interpretation of Lena and her family. The way the town was written made them come off as 'Hick-Ville Alligator Hunters' (ok, I exaggerate) and maybe this was the author's intention, but it was still unpleasant to read, and continue reading, in such a collective manner. From that, the town's own, once again 'collective' negative view on Lena gives the idea of solidarity, which is good in a town, but also a hive, as if individual thoughts were not allowed. Again, perhaps this was the aim, but I still think it singles out the Duchannes and Ethan and separates them from the background (being the 'town'), and I didn't like this. I wanted to know more about individual characters, and wasn't given it.
The novel tended to drag I admit, but if you can handle slow plots, I seriously recommend this book. It's worth the read.
In the small town of Gatlin, Ethan stands out from his southern community. He reads poetry and dreams of getting out of his small town as soon as he can. Then he meets Lena Duchannes, who may or may not be the girl from his dreams. But there is more to her than meets the eye, like a curse that determines whether she would be on the side of good or the side of evil.
To tell the truth, the book had a eye-catching sypnosis, and I was intrigued by the dark nature of the cover. But as the plot plodded on, I found myself struggling to turn the pages. Ethan, the school captain, reveals to have quite low expectations of the rest of the town (who are portrayed to over-zealously religous and stereotypically backwater). The townspeople immediately have a disliking towards Lena, the newest addition to Gatlin, because of her connection with her uncle, Macon Ravenwood. There is an instantaneous connection between the two star-crossed lovers, but the love doesn't feel built up and feels rushed (even the whole 'reincarnation' thing wasn't strong enough to justify it). The dialogue was chunky and unrealistic, the plot could easily be cut down a few points, and the whole mind telepathy thing...no. Sharing your innermost thoughts to someone is challenging, and should only be attempted when two people have bonded long enough. The main couple bonded the moment they laid eyes on each other. Realism? What realism?
However, it's not all bad. The overall feel of the book was dark, but fitting, and there is a lure in the Casters world that I've yet to shake free from. I'll give the authors extra points for attempting to write in a male's POV (which, in the YA market, is quite rare). And I loved the minor characters more than the major ones because I could symptathize with them, especially Riley. To me, she was a tragic character because she didn't have a choice in choosing which side she wanted to be on. She's ostracised from her family and the Caster community, and left to fend for herself for something she couldn't control. Doesn't take a genius to figure out why she felt bitter towards her former family. And the small blast to past was kind of interesting to experience, since it was set in the Civil War, when the original caster of the forbidden spell sealed the fate for her future descendants.
The main characters may be one-dimensional, but the world they reside in is definitely not. I'll only recommend it if you can stomach bland protagonists and plots that are definitely way to long.
I really enjoyed reading this book!! The plot was outside the box and it was beautifully written. This book was in a male's perspective. The plot was complicated and twisted which I found fascinating. The novel kept on flowing and did not bore me. It seemed like every event happened for a reason and the ending was unexpected.
I would recommend this book to teenagers who like reading romance and thrillers. I can't wait to read the entire series!!
When my school librarians recommend this book to me, I thought it would be another one of those Twilight-try hard books-those ones who are so similar to Twilight it’s not funny. But boy was I wrong! This book could give Twilight and any other super natural book a run for its money; I was hitched from the chilling first line. It is a part of a very successful series but this book is the best of them all. I wouldn’t recommend this book to people who don’t like romance or fantasy but I would recommend it for all girl teenagers! This book made me cry, laugh and scream all at different parts of the book. I loved this book and I would defiantly recommend it and the series.
Beautiful Creatures kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
There is such suspense throughout the whole book. It has so many twists will Lena be claimed for light or for dark? Will she survive the death of someone she loves?
As her eyes change so does she. You must be careful about the spells you cast or they may change you forever.
I found Beautiful Creatures intriguing from the very beginning. I became entangled in Ethan’s life and felt that there was something bigger going than what meets the eye in Gatlin. The tension is held throughout the book, most of the answers to my questions to do with the past and Lena and her family weren’t answered straight away, which I liked because it kept me interested and reading on. I loved both Ethan and Lena’s personalities and found that they merged together very well, rather than living for and needing each other. I really enjoyed Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.