Review: Beautiful Creatures
Published by Little Brown on August 18, 2015
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
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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.