Written by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Published December, 2009 by Little Brown
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Witches
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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.
Good enough to finish, not good enough to finish in one sitting. Reads long in parts.
Let me start by saying that I’m always a little apprehensive when I see a novel is written by two people. My gut feeling about this is usually right, too. Though, I was proven wrong with Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, so I was willing to take a chance on Beautiful Creatures.
I won’t lie and say I flipped the pages needing more, because I didn’t. It’s taken me a good few months to pluck up the strength to get through this one. I felt it was slow and a little confusing. The characters were alright, but none really struck out to get me excited about hearing about them. If I had to pick a favourite, it would probably be Macon Ravenwood. He was the one with the most depth and proved to be the most interesting. Pity we didn’t learn more about his past and a shame to see he won’t be returning in the next installments of the series.
Towards the end, it definitely got better. I was able to read the last few chapters a little quicker. Some parts still confused me and I had to re-read them to really understand. This usually isn’t a problem for me. I still have actually no idea how Lena is going to solve her light/dark debacle, or how she managed to ‘put it off’ until her seventeenth birthday.
This, too, annoyed me. Lena found a way to ‘defer’ her choosing of light and dark, which made the 500 something page novel seem completely useless. There was really no absolution to the tale!
I’m giving it a three out of five stars purely because it almost redeemed itself at the end with the heavy action, as well as the quality of the writing. After just finishing a book that felt like it was written by a twelve year old, Beautiful Creatures was a breath of fresh air in the prose department.
Not sure if I’m interested in reading the next one, but I suppose I’ll keep an eye out for it.
Recommend to: People who like reading a male voice and enjoy flamboyant secondary characters.