Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures

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By (author) Kami Garcia, By (author) Margaret Stohl

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Format: Paperback | 563 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 43mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 14 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0316077038
  • ISBN 13: 9780316077033
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 5,279

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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.

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Kami Garcia is a teacher and reading specialist with an MA in education, and leads book groups for children and teenagers. Margaret Stohl has an MA in English and studied creative writing under poet George MacBeth at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. They both live in Los Angeles, California, with their families. "Beautiful Creatures" is their debut novel.

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By Jessica Gibbins 26 Apr 2013 4

This book exceeded my expectations so much. Most of the books that I read that are over hyped I end up not enjoying that much. That was not the case with this book. The writing style of the two authors came together in such a great way that it flowed and was just so great to read. A pet peeve of mine with most young adult novels is that I fell like they do not have enough descriptions and I find it hard to envision the places and people. This was another thing that this book did not suffer from. Everything was described so well and beautifully. The book is a really big book but the way it flowed made me read it so quickly that I felt as if the book were much shorter and wanted more when the book ended. Ethan was a really relate able character that was really well developed as well as all of the other characters, but I felt like I really got to know and love Ethan and really cannot wait to read the rest of the series to find out what happens to his relationship and rest of his life after high school. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a different ya book and one that is really well written.

By Taylor Weeks 06 Feb 2013 4

Beautiful Creatures is set in old Southern town where everyone knows all your dirty little secrets and appearances are everything! Complete with narrow mind house-wives waving their warm home cooked meals in their southern bell dresses, the town runs accordingly to their wishes. There's nothing that doesn't conform to their way, that is until Lena Duchannes strolls in and moves in with the town shut in, Macon Ravenwood, that things start to fall astray. Ethan Wate a local boy who's been having strange dreams about a girl who keeps falling inches away from his grasp, realizes that Lena Duchannes, the girl who wears the wrong clothes, speaks her mind and also happens to be Galtin's newest outcast, is the girl of his dreams. Literally.

The countdown is on to Lena's birthday, the day she either turns Light or Dark, oh and don't forget the 200 year old curse that Lena and Ethan's ancestors caused that now plaque them both. The idea's behind this book are extremely complex, the mythology at times can be hard to keep up with, but I however found the richness of details made the story more compelling. There's a lot of mystery mix up within the novel, with bits of information slowly pieced out to reveal the complexity.

The romance was insanely adorable, Ethan *sighs* there are no words to describe how cute and gentle-manlike he was, Ethan really was a true Southern gentleman. Every kiss was filled with the exhilarating feeling of star-crossed lovers and forbidden love that I like so much! As Lena and Ethan's relationship progressed we see the difficulties they have to overcome, and boy, there are some huge mountains they have to climb to be together. The more you read you see just how hard that's ultimately going to be.

Beautiful Creatures is a very enjoyable read, although it may be a bit unnecessarily long, if you power through it I think you'll love it. I recommend it to anyone who's interested in Southern tales filled with a heart aching romance and captivating magic.

By Najla Qamber 07 Oct 2012 4

Beautiful Creatures is indeed an epic read that is dark, mysterious and everything like the cover. I honestly, did not expect to like this book at all and expected very little from it. From my past experiences with books that everyone's hyped up about. I always ended up indifferent to it. But this one was an exception that I actually liked, not as much as I wanted to like it. But I liked it enough to give it four stars.

Kami and Margaret wrote the book in such a way that it always seemed gloomy and dark. The atmosphere in the book gave me the creeps. A lot of it. The book had your usual new girl, who has special powers and town boy falls in love with her. Despite that basic Young Adult Paranormal structure, the authors managed to surround that with tons of originality that pretty much filled the entire book till it reached 530 pages.

Lena and Ethan were okay characters that honestly did annoy me sometimes. I even face-palmed myself once in awhile. But they were sweet together and they made me go "aww" sometimes. I was even surprised when the book was told in Ethan's perspective and not Lena's. I'm glad it was the hero this time. It made the book feel really refreshing.

When Lena moves into town, she is immediately disliked and shunned when they all find out that she is the niece of the town shut in. She is bullied not only in school by the students but also by the student's parents. I admired Ethan's tenacity for sticking up for her especially when he is putting his reputation in jeopardy.

The plot and other minor characters were so beautifully built with enough detail and a lot of dialogue to paint the perfect image in any readers mind. I'm amazed at how easily you can go through each page, not only because of the content but because of how easily to read the formatting was. It wasn't one of those books that love squishing a hell lot of paragraphs in one page. This was more breezy and simple.

Overall, I liked Beautiful Creatures, it had dark voodoo magic, magic in general and interesting mythologies that keeps a reader captivated. Despite the length of the book, I still managed to flip through pages and that is a perfect sign of an entertaining and enjoyable book.

By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012 5

At first I wasn't that thrilled to pick up Beautiful Creatures, because I thought about this novel as another small town story about a boy and a girl who can't be together, involving the same elements of love, same elements of danger as in so many other novels. Right now I have to reverse my thoughts and sayings about this novel.

My love for Beautiful Creatures, started just with the perspective it's told from, the male protagonists POV, Ethan Wate. As many YA novels are told from a female POV I was a bit concerned I couldn't warm to Ethan. Well, I could warm to him, even more, I had to experience that a story told from Ethan's perspective can get very hot sometimes. I love how Kami and Margaret gave him personality, feelings and the gift to share them with the persons he loves.

The way Ethan and Lena fall in love is unusual, they both have a special connection and when they first meet, both immediately know, they've known each other for more than a second then. Lena tries to hide from Ethan's attention, is afraid of letting him in, scaring him away. But Ethan is determined to find a way to Lena even if it means offending the rest of small town Gatlin. They both are unique characters, together they became one of my favourite literary couples.

Beautiful Creatures stands out due to a, for some people cosy, for Ethan terribly boring and lonely, setting turning into a mysterious and miraculous place. Beautiful Creatures is about a young love between mortal and super-"natural" interlaced with the story of ancient Civil War and a curse that has not only affected their powers but true identity and feelings since then. This novel holds the very innovative idea of combining history with the story of a paranormal romance.

The writing style and language of Beautiful Creatures is rich and absorbing, very surprising when you think of it as a novel written by four hands (make it some more, counting in the daughter- slaves).

While reading the brilliant ending of Beautiful Creatures, I had to get up in the middle of the night and turn the computer on again to order its sequel. The end was a spectacle of unexpected events and great feelings.
Although this novel has no major cliff hanger at the end, there are many questions unanswered. It's the looming storm only a few more days away which makes me want to read the sequel immediately.

There are so many great characters living in small Gatlin, everyone different but still important for the storyline, the city could burst just because of its enormously diverse character collection.

So the roles are defined. Initiator of the gloomy curse: Civil War ancestor. Young cursed lovers: Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes. The malice enemy: you'll be surprised! And last but not least, the satisfied but still hungry reader: You!

Beautiful Creatures made be feel like a cast myself: being released into an universe of numerous magical possibilities but everytime riveted by the spellbinding words of two powerful casters.

THE VERDICT

Beautiful Creatures is a must-read for fans of paranormal romance that place a high value on an exciting storyline, unique characters and the potential for many unforeseen events.
You are totally spellbound by this book and believe it's a cast? No, it's just the magic of an amazing new YA novel!

By Shayla 02 Mar 2011 4

This is the first paranormal romance I've read in which the story is told from the male characters point of view, so it was a little refreshing. It started of slow and quite dragging in the beginning but the later adventure and magick made up for it. The main character were shaped well... I also really loved Macon, who is Lena's uncle...The story had some interesting twists and turns; Can't wait to unravel more on the next book "Beautiful Darkness"

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Praise for Beautiful Creatures An Instant "New York Times "Bestseller An Indie Next List Selection A William Morris YA Debut Award Finalist A NYPL "Book for the Teen Age" "Gorgeously crafted, atmospheric, and original." - Melissa Marr, "NYT "bestselling author of "Wicked Lovely" "A lush Southern gothic." - Holly Black, "NYT "bestselling author of "Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale" "A hauntingly delicious dark fantasy." - Cassandra Clare, "NYT "bestselling author of "City of Bones" "A potent mix of the gothic, the mythic, and the magical...With original characters, complex world building, and crackling prose, this is masterful storytelling." - Deborah Harkness, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Discovery of Witches "on the Beautiful Creatures novels "Like a thick, hot Carolina summer, this story seeps into you until it's all you can think about." - Carrie Ryan, NYT bestselling author of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth"