Sunday, February 3, 2013

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Genre:  YA Paranormal Fantasy
Caster Chronicles, Book 1

Description (taken from Margaret Stohl's website):
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.

We enter a very small town in the South.  There's a boy who has a boring life, and he's counting down the days until he can get out of this dead-end town.  But a new girl arrives and begins to shake things up.  Somehow, she's become the most interesting thing out there and he's fallen under her spell.  Does this remind you of another book?  Like Twilight, maybe?  Only, the genders are reversed.  You heard me, this book is from Ethan's point of view.

To be brutally honest, this book is totally long-winded.  It's five hundred pages, and I felt like I could have spent my time doing something more worthwhile.  The romance is kind of instant love, and I just couldn't believe it (especially when I'm seeing it from Ethan's point of view).  Ethan is the human in love while Lena is the paranormal one, the witch.

It's an epic battle between light and dark.  Good and evil.  Problem is, I never really had a reason to side with one or the other.  Lena was so freaked out about turning dark.  And I kept asking, "What's so wrong with going dark?  It's kind of hot if you ask me..."  Lots of intrigue, lies, and small explanations to keep you going.  But the explanations just weren't enough for me.  And the final battle at the end fell way short for me.

In all honesty, the movie for this book caught my attention.  I picked up the book to prepare myself for the movie and kind of wish I hadn't.  I'm really hoping this has an opposite effect than Twilight (I'm hoping to like the movie - Twilight: I loved the book but absolutely hated the movies).  Anyone interested in reading this book should probably check out other reviews since mine did not end on a good note.

Challenges:  Paranormal Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. Aw, sorry you didn't enjoy this one. Hope your next book is better.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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