Monday, March 15, 2010

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
published by Little Brown
563 pages
$17.99 (Hardcover)

FTC: I purchased this book and will not be receiving compensation for reviewing this book.

What it's about:

There were no surprises in Gatlin County. 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.

My thoughts:
I had heard nothing but good things about this book before I started reading it. I'm gonna go with everyone else and say good things about it.

The main character in this book is Ethan. It was interesting to be inside Ethan's head rather than Lena's. To be trying to figure everything out right along with Ethan made the story more interesting and entertaining. Ethan's character was very likable and it was easy to connect to him.
For most of the book, I was trying to figure out what was going on and trying to guess what was going to happen. I never really did guess right. The book always surprised me, which of course, I view as a very good thing.
While I loved the story plot, I did feel there were a few parts of the story that really could have been cut out. It was already a very long book and a few scenes were not necessary for the plot and did not need to be kept.
This is the first book in a planned series of five. I was a little upset about how the book ended and would have liked to see the book as a stand alone book.
My rating: 9/10
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