Thursday, October 6, 2011

Review: Beautiful Creatures

by Kami Garcia


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.


What I liked:

  • Beautiful Creatures is written from the point of view of the male main character. This surprised me, but it was oddly refreshing. It seems like most YA books are from the female main character's point of view, and it was nice to see the guy's side.
  • The girl was the supernatural creature. This was the first YA paranormal book I've read in which the guy was nothing but a normal, non-brooding teenager and his love interest had supernatural powers.
  • The characters. Well, most of them. Garcia did a good job of making her main characters feel real, but the rest of them were pretty one-sided. We had the stereotypical high school characters making life hard for Ethan and Lena. But Lena's uncle Macon was one of my favorite characters in any book.
  • The pace. Beautiful Creatures is pretty lengthy, but there's enough tension and mystery to keep you reading all the way to the end.

What I didn't like:

  • Ethan did sound a bit like a girl. I have never met a guy who expresses himself that much. I understand that it's necessary to let the reader know what's going on, but I felt like Ethan was a little too lovey dovey.
  • Those two-dimensional characters I mentioned earlier. It got a little annoying when all the high school girls were the same person.

As is probably clear, I liked a whole lot more about this book than I didn't like. It was well written with likeable characters. It's a pretty long book, so it lasts a while. I'd definitely recommend it!

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