Release Date: December 1, 2009
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Age group: Young Adult
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Synopsis (from Goodreads):
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
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.
Beautiful Creatures was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The novel is set in the small southern town of Gatlin and narrated through the perspective of Ethan Wate. Gatlin provides no excitement for Ethan until his world is forever changed after meeting Lena Duchannes, the towns newest resident. As it's said in the jacket of the book there is a curse, a girl, and of course a grave. The authors, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, have written a totally absorbing Gothic tale about a Mortal boy who falls for a Caster girl.
Beautiful Creatures was beautifully written. I am not from the south but this book made me want to visit the south. The descriptions were lush and vivid leaping right off the page, compelling you to want to inhabit the world of beautiful creatures. There are also many references to other great literature and poetry which I enjoyed as well.
The story is intriguing, the writing seamless and well done, and above all the characters are compelling. Despite the long length of the novel (563 pages) it is well worth its weight.