Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures

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The first book in the instant NYT bestselling gothic fantasy series; a modern paranormal romance set against the gothic backdrop of an isolated southern town.
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
  • Paperback | 563 pages
  • 104 x 170 x 33mm | 272g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Media Tie In, Reprint
  • 0316231657
  • 9780316231657
  • 21,535

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Praise for Beautiful Creatures
An Instant "New York Times "Bestseller
A Borders Original Voices Selection
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"

"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"

"Exquisitely told and impossible to forget." - Michelle Zink, author of "Prophecy of the Sisters" Praise for Beautiful Creatures
"This book has it all: a creepy setting, a deadly curse, reincarnation, spells, witchcraft and voodoo, plus characters that simply will not let the reader put the book down until finished...Who could ask for more? A sequel? Please!" - "VOYA"

"In the Gothic tradition of Anne Rice...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 the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and the Legion series. Kami lives in Maryland with her family and her dogs, Spike and Oz, named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video game designer, and #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures, Cat vs. Robot, Life of Captain Marvel, and more. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.
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Rating details

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)

Our customer reviews

My review: This book was already a movie by the time I began the series, which I have since seen and will talk about in a different post soon! I really liked this book, more than I expected to. For some reason, I went into it thinking it was going to be somewhat corny/sappy romance with the other elements to make it a truly well-rounded story. But there is a little bit of everything in this book... secrets, mystery, angst, magic, and more. There were two things that truly made a great foundation for this book, and really the whole series. One was that it is written to be a somewhat multi-generational story, weaving in and out of family histories. There is a lot of richness to be had in that kind of family saga. The other thing I liked was the gothic element that wove together the love between Lena and Ethan and the darkness that made up the paranormal elements of the story. The story is set in a quintessential southern town, still reliving the Civil War and making it a deep part of the town's culture. But, even with the occasional trips back in time, this could not be labeled historical fiction. Instead that history served as a backdrop for the story. Things to love about Beautiful Creatures... --The character of Lena. I loved that she wasn't created to be the epitome of teenage perfection. She struggled deeply with darkness and that made her so much more believable and likable. --The alternate world. I loved how the authors created a world for the Casters and laid it on top of our own. The existence of the Caster Library is an example of this. A magical library with a librarian that exists below the regular library. The mythology of magic was thoroughly blended with that of the mundane. --The ending. It left a fabulous opening for the next book. --The POV. It was told from the POV of Ethan, instead of the usual female lead. This was refreshing! Things I wanted more of... --The mythology of the Caster world. I am hoping that this is explored is explored more full in subsequent books. My recommendation: If you like paranormal YA, I would suggest this. I liked the characters a whole lot more than those of certain vampire fiction. There is darkness and angst, but it doesn't overload the teenage emo attitude. I will definitely be reading the next bookshow more
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