Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret StohlBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
on December 1st 2009
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 563
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three-half-stars

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.

Review:

Ethan was an interesting character. I liked him. A little weird and stalkerish when it came to Lena, but overall a good guy. Especially in that small town setting that was so judgmental of those who are “outsiders” or “different”, Ethan was a breath of fresh air. Lena wasn’t a character I could get on board with. She was interesting, and I could understand Ethan’s interest. But at the same time, I had a feeling she’d be the kind of character I wouldn’t like too much. I wish I could say more, but then there’d be spoilers for sure. Link was my favorite character. He was a good friend to Ethan, even when he wasn’t sure what Ethan was doing. He’s the reason I kept reading.

The premise of the story, of a girl that’s torn between dark and light who has a choice to make, isn’t the most original story. But I think the way Garcia and Stohl spin it is what made this series a good read. There were parts where I found the story dragging for me, but the characters were engaging and the many secrets slowly dug up were fantastic tid bits to keep me going on.

This book makes it onto so many people’s to-read lists for good reason. A solid work from these two authors. This book isn’t one to miss for any YA ParaRom fans. Well worth continuing onto the following books (and short novella).

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About Kami Garcia

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times & USA Today bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels & the Dangerous Creatures novels, and the author of the instant New York Times bestseller & Bram Stoker Award nominated novels UNBREAKABLE & UNMARKED in the Legion Series. Her contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4th (Imprint/Macmillan).

Kami grew up outside of Washington DC, wore lots of black, and spent hours writing poetry in spiral notebooks. When Kami isn't writing, she lives to bake, watch bad disaster movies, and listen to Soundgarden. She lives in Maryland with her husband, son, daughter, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

About Margaret Stohl

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl got her start as thehead of the Dark is Rising fan club in third grade in a highly gifted magnet school in Los Angeles. Going on to study at a creative writing program at UEA Norwich, England, and to write and direct an autobiographical one-act play at Amherst College—where she founded the school’s first women’s literary magazine, Madness This—Margaret knew she was a writer.

After optioning two feature screenplays to Nickelodeon Pictures and Clasky-Csupo, Margaret began a sixteen-year career in videogames, co-founding 7 Studios game developer with her husband Lewis Peterson, and contributing to both Marvel’s Spiderman (ActivisionBlizzard) and Fantastic Four (7 Studios / ActivisonBlizzard) among many other titles—Dune 2000; Command & Conquer Red Alert Retaliation; Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of Jack Sparrow; to name a few.

When Margaret co-wrote the first of the internationally bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels (published in nearly fifty countries, named Amazon’s top teen book of 2009, short-listed for the ALA’s 2009 Morris award, and released as a feature film from Warner Brothers) on a dare from her three daughters, she fell even more in love with teen culture. Her first sci-fi series, Icons, is now in development as a feature film with Alcon Entertainment, and her forthcoming Black Widow novel from Disney Publishing is a welcome chance to rock a strong female character and to return to her beloved Marvel roots.

Margaret lives in Santa Monica with her husband, who builds drones and robots, and her three daughters, who are competitive epee fencers—and who, like Natasha Romanov, have always known how to rescue themselves.

three-half-stars

Author: Kim

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