Review: Beautiful Creatures

Aug •  18 •  2015
Review: Beautiful CreaturesBeautiful Creatures by Kami GarciaMargaret Stohl
Published by Little Brown on August 18, 2015
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: Bought
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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.

So I met Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl at a book festival and the idea of meeting them face to face was beyond exciting. They were quirky, little sassy, but really sweet. I have been wanting to read this series from beginning to end and now that I have the chance I couldn’t pass up the chance.

The story follows two people, Ethan and Lena. Ethan is what you would consider to be a normal high school boy in a small town, has that one best friend, and tries to stay in the popular table. Especially since it is a small town, you mess up once word gets out to everyone. Then there is Lena. A girl who keeps to herself, has a, what the town would call, crazy uncle, but has a dark secret. These two connect and from that moment on secrets unfold and the idea of true love is put to the test.

I feel that both these characters want to have normal lives but once their lives cross, normal is so out of the picture. Lena has a big decision she has to make about where she wants to stay on the light side or dark side and the decision she makes will have consequences that are beyond her control. It must be pretty crazy to be on her side of the picture because no matter what having a normal life, doing things like any other highschooler is out of the picture, especially if the whole town is out to get you. However, she has Ethan.

Ethan is so understanding and you can tell from the moment he first saw Lena that he loved her. And even though I am so against the whole love at first sight, I was okay with this. He never wants to leave her side, even though it could kill him. He is willing to go to the ends of the Earth for her. There relationship is ones with ups and downs and which relationship doesn’t have that, this just means it is genuine.

The story was beautifully written with a dark essence growing on the side. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl were right when deciding to work together. Beautiful Creatures is a book you should not pass up the opportunity of reading. A dark tale that is waiting to capture your heart.

Happy Reading!





  1. Krys
    Aug 18, 2015

    I had trouble with this book, and told myself not to even both continuing with the series. Unfortunately, I found the story-line a tad dry. I read it, like, a year ago and I still can’t even recommend it to my students unless they’re looking for something vaguely specific to this series.
    – Krys

    • Chayse
      Aug 19, 2015

      Hey Krys, Sorry to hear that the series is not for you. But thanks for commenting i like to hear from different people because it brings in a different point a view on whether the person liked the book or found that it wasn’t for them

  2. Sounds like authors I want to meet. I didn’t love the movie, but have been wanting to try the books. I’m more curious now.

    • I feel like the movie took away from the charm of the book and it’s a shame because it is such a beautiful story (no pun intended). They made the story too “hollywood” when it really isn’t anything like that in the books.

      I recommend the book over the movie hands down!

      • Chayse
        Aug 19, 2015

        Hey SERIESous , I totally agree with you. I saw the movie before really reading the book and after reading the book I felt that there was so much changed from the book that it took away from the whole story line of the novel.

    • Chayse
      Aug 19, 2015

      Hey Melissa, the authors were really great and wonderful to meet. Give it a shot because the worst that can happen is that the series is not for you.