Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl.
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers.
Pages: 576.
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.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel with so much plot before. And what I mean by that, is how every chapter, almost every paragraph, contains vital information to the story. It continues to develop and flow, growing more intense with every chapter and you can’t put it down until it stops somewhere dull. At least, that was my Beautiful Creatures reading experience.

This was another one of those stories where the synopsis didn’t really give much away. You knew about Lena and the curse, but you didn’t know exactly what Lena and the curse were. And way past discovering the curse, Lena and all of the important things, we were lead with more twists and more secrets. My head spun with all of the excitement, but definitely in a good way.

It’s very rare, but Kami & Margaret have written a cast of characters that I appropriately adore- except for the villains, of course. Lena, Ethan, Amma, Macon- I was almost overwhelmed at the fact that none of them annoyed me. Not once. Of course, I was annoyed at the small characters- Emily, Savannah, Eden- your typical high school snobs. But I loved that beyond the magic, the curse and all of the other dilemmas, good old teenage angst was still present.

Overall, I thought the story was beautiful. Everything was marvelously plotted, the characters were enjoyable to read, the magic and story were so enthralling; I definitely recommend it to everyone and anyone. And when the movie comes out (because it IS being adapted into a movie, for those who don’t know) I’ll be one of the first in line at the midnight premiere.

If you’re frightened by the length, don’t be! When it’s over, you’ll be begging for another 500 pages. Go get yourself a copy of Beautiful Creatures now!

7 comments:

  1. Yay! I am reading this right now and I love it so far. I am glad that you enjoyed the whole thing. Now I can't wait to go read some more. Great review!

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  2. Great review! I can't wait to get started on this one! (:

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  3. Agree!! Definitely was worried about the number of pages at first, but I LOVED beautiful creatures. :)

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  4. I really enjoyed reading Beautiful Creatures. I agree the characters were suberbly executed. Cool review.

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  5. I agree with this book having so much plot. If it was made into a film I expect they would ruin it and cut most bits out. This book is amazing though :)
    x

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  6. Awesome review! :D I wanna read this now!

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  7. IT'S BECOMING A MOVIE!?!?!?!?!?!?! SINCE WHEN?!!!? I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK! AHHHH! AWESOME!!!! man this is going to be amazing! CAN'T WAIT!
    Brittany

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