Sunday, December 4, 2011

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


AUTHOR(S): Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
PUBLISHER: Little Brown Books
PAGES: 562
SERIES/STANDALONE: Series book 1 (Beautiful Darkness #2) (Beautiful Chaos #3)

OUTLINE:
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.

STARTED: 9-27-10
FINISHED: 10-09-10

MY THOUGHTS:
(This is an updated version of my review from my older blog)

When I started this, it was before I actually had the book I went online and read the first 200 and something pages from the website. After reading those I was like I have to buy this book and see what happens. So it took me a good month to find the book. Which I finally found at B & N. (Now I see it everywhere)

When I did get it I admit it took me awhile to actually get into it.  Don't get me wrong once I did I loved it. It just seemed a little slow at first. It seemed like it took awhile for things to start happening, but that's ok. (I love fast-paced books but sometimes slow is good) The book described alot of stuff at the beginning. It built up the characters which I loved. I'm one for knowing the characters quick it lets you kinda build a relationship with them throughout the book I guess you could say. You feel like you know them better and you can connect with them. I definitely felt that way with Ethan and Lena. It was also nice to see a "Romance like novel" in the point of view of a guy. I loved learning about Lena's world of Casters.

Honestly, if I had to choose between paranormals I think I'd go with witches because they're more human then anything else. (Not to mention the first cool story I ever wrote were witches, and that was back in 10th grade when a friend and I started writing a "never-ending" story about fairies/witches. Yes, my characters were the witches. I loved my Blackcrow family. *sigh*)

I must admit I was sad near the end of the book. I hate when things happen, but it makes the story more interesting when things do happen so it's all good.

Breakdown:

Likes:
-Characters (Lena and Ethan)
-POV from a guy
-The World of the Casters

Dislike:
-The ending because it made me a little sad.
-The beginning pace was slow

QUOTES:

7 comments:

  1. great review! i feel pretty much the same, except i didn't finish it :(

    here's my review of SLIDE. stop by?!?!

    http://lindsaycummingsblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/arc-review-slide-by-jill-hathaway.html

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  2. I've heard great things about this series. I might check out this one and see. Awesome review!

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  3. My friend said that this book was amazing and she has reread it so many times! I started to read the first couple of pages of this book to see if I would like it to the point where I actually buy it. Sadly, it didn't interest me much! Anyway, great review!
    -Roxy

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  4. At times i thought I wouldn't be able to finish it because the beginning like I said was slow and a little boring, but as I read more it grew on me. I should really try and read the second sometime.

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  5. I borrowed this one from the library a while ago but I never got around to reading it. It sounds really good from what you say though. Might give it a try again in the new year!

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  6. I also prefer witches! And I still haven't picked this series up but everyone seems to really be into it. Wonderful review!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  7. I loved this book, it's a pity that the movie was terrrible.

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