Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures

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The first book in a lush gothic fantasy series for younger readers of Charlaine Harris and fans of Cassandra Clare.
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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 563 pages
  • 152 x 216 x 51mm | 680g
  • Boston, MA, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0316042676
  • 9780316042673
  • 82,330

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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 New York Public Library "Book for the Teen Age"

"Gorgeously crafted, atmospheric, and original. I devoured it." - 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
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"This book has it all...Who could ask for more? A sequel? Please!" - VOYA "In the Gothic tradition of Anne Rice, the authors evoke a dark, supernatural world...Give this to fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight or HBO's "True Blood" series." - School Library Journal "[Readers] will be swept up by the haunting and detailed atmosphere, the conventions and strictures of Southern life, and a compelling and dimensional mythology." - Publishers Weekly "Smart, textured and romantic." - Kirkus Reviews
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About Kami Garcia

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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476,460 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 33% (155,749)
4 29% (137,354)
3 25% (117,441)
2 9% (45,149)
1 4% (20,767)

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Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. ( 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 more
by Amanda
Romeo and Juliet appear to have had it easy in comparison to Ethan and Lena in Beautiful Creatures. They not only have their families telling them to steer clear of each other, but they're also dealing with humans vs. casters (a.k.a. witches) in this struggle. Talk about your star crossed lovers tale, but how does this one end you ask? Are they to suffer the same fate as Romeo and Juliet? Or will they find a way to defy the odds stacked against them? I'm not telling of on people! And boy was it ever a struggle! Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl know just how to write the twists and turns, joys and heartaches to keep their readers not knowing what to expect with every turn of the page. They had me hook, line and sinker without a clue as to what the outcome would be until the very end. Our main characters were set in a small town in the south and one that has very old ways. We're talking extremely conservative here people. But Ethan and Lena weren't alone while trying to beat the clock and squeak out a happy ending for everyone involved. Lena's family was one of my favorite parts of the story. Her uncle Macon (the town recluse) was entertaining and mysterious of course, and he kept my attention throughout. Ethan's close but yet strange relationship with Amma won her a place in my heart - she was scary with her charms and voodoo, but her love for Ethan overpowered my fear of her. But that's not to say you should underestimate Amma, if Macon Ravenwood doesn't square off with her, what chance would I have? With the rest of the Ravenwood/Duchannes family making surprise appearances, along with our lovable librarian friend Marion Ashcroft, this book had a wonderful cast of characters to call it's own. Although the story was slow in parts for me, I think the action scenes were very much filled with suspense and the right amount of thrills. I'm hoping the second installment in the Caster Chronicles, Beautiful Darkness will have more action and substance now that Beautiful Creatures has laid out all the groundwork for us. We've got the background now and we're ready for more of this world that Garcia and Stohl have more
by Katelyn
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