Feb 16, 2011

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Series: Caster Chronicles, book #1
Next book in series: Beautiful Darkness
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 1, 2009
Hardcover: 563 Pages
Age Group: Young Adult 
Author Website
Buy: Amazon
Source: Library
Challenge: A-Z, Support Your Local Library, 350 Page Books
Overall: 5/5
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.
First Lines: There were only two kinds of people in our town. "The stupid and the stuck," my father had affectionately classified our neighbors. "The ones who are bound to stay or too dumb to go. Everyone else finds a way out."

Okay, I'm going to start off by saying that I don't read many books that have males as the main character in the story. I guess it's because I relate better with a female point-of-view, so when I first picked up this book, I had no clue it was told in the POV of a male. For some reason I had always thought it was a female. When I found out the main character was a male, I was worried that I may not be able to get into it. 

Which I am VERY glad to say I DEFINITELY got into it. I was hooked after only a few chapters in. Sometimes it seemed like the story dragged on, but then something would happen that would make all of that alright. I would easily fly through 20 pages without realizing. 

It took me longer than it should have to read Beautiful Creatures, I guess because I didn't want the story to end. (Even though I know there is a sequel.) Garcia and Stohl did a great job at keeping the story captivating and unique. 

The story wasn't predictable at all, which I absolutely loved. I hate being able to figure out what will happen before it happens. It's much more fun being completely surprised to the point your jaw drops. (Which happened a lot, by the way.) 

They did an awesome job at the descriptions of everything, I could easily picture everything and felt as though I was right there experiencing everything. Their details are amazing! I also love the fact that this novel is a mixture of different things; romance, mystery, historical facts, magic! 

All of the characters felt real. Besides Lena and Ethan, I really loved Uncle Macon. He was hilarious and had me cracking up at nearly everything he said. His secret REALLY surprised me. Which I'm not going to get into because I really want it to make your jaw drop as well. :) 

Overall, there isn't really much I can say about this book other than I loved it. I can never really explain all the reasons why I loved a book. Especially one that has made it to a favorite. I guess I've been saying that a lot around the blog. I've been picking out great books to read. 

I recommend this to anyone who loves magic mixed in with a little romance, historical facts,  and mystery.

Cover: I loved the cover. It was dark, gorgeous, simple.With awesome font! I love the dark background, with the purple font. It's so pretty! Book design by David Caplan


  1. I'm so glad I picked this one up! I'm excited to read it now. :)

  2. I'm glad! :) It's definitely a book to get excited about.

  3. I love this book just as much as you:)Ethan is such a perfect narrator, I like to hear his thoughts and experience his feelings, he isn't the badboy or a softie, just feels right to me!

  4. Miss Page Turner: Exactly! Glad you loved this book as well.


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