Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
Vonze: 4 out of 5
Book Description: "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."
Beautiful Creatures is a very cool YA book set in a small southern town, where busybodies like to run outsiders off. (Kinda reminds me of where I grew up, so that was a plus as I read this novel) As the description states, Lena Duchannes, is probably the biggest outsider ever to hit Gatlin. Ethan Wate believes that Lena is the same girl whose been haunting his dreams and he's determined to figure out the reason behind her mysterious ways.
I was surprised to learn that Beautiful Creatures was Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's first novel. They created a great cast of secondary characters, such as Lena's Uncle Macon and Ethan's housekeeper, Amma, that I adored. Their world really captured the small town, Southern feel.
Beautiful Creatures is narrated by Ethan's character. He's an intelligent, caring hero and I loved his backstory. However, even though I normally feel that a guy's pov can be refreshing in a novel (ex: Harry Potter), I felt like Ethan knew a little too much about the inner-workings of the female mind for a teenage guy. He knew exactly why the popular girls hated Lena, where they'd buy their prom dresses, etc. It was the only downside of his character.
I don't normally read novels about witches (unless Harry Potter counts...I'm more of a vampire chick), but I liked Beautiful Creatures. It's a solid YA debut, and good for fans of Twilight to read afterwards. I look forward to reading the sequel, Beautiful Darkness, in the future.