Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (review)

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) 
 Beautiful Creatures (1)
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
 Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 563
Published: Dec 2009
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

 Summary: "Is falling in love the beginning . . . or the end?

In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .

There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head . . . Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.

Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming."-Taken from goodreads

Review: Overall, I enjoyed it. The premise was intriguing and I loved the aspect of a paranormal romance from the male's POV! That won some big points for me. So many ya books that have a romance-centric theme are so focused on what the girl is thinking/feeling/doing and this twists that around.

While I liked Ethan's thought patterns (so to speak), his actual character was just so-so. There were a mixture of things I both liked and disliked about him. Although I really can't tell you what and this leads to why the book didn't make a higher rating. I actually read this book a few months ago and wrote some notes but looking back through my notes I am drawing a lot of blanks about the book. I remember books I read 10 years ago better than this! So that is by biggest problem. It is not memorable.

I did enjoy the story but the pace is slow through much of the book. It is a strong southern setting with strong ties to the civil war era and rich in its history and I was pleased with how the book brought it out. My favorite character, by far is Amma. I adored this woman! She is such a strong character and is a fountain of knowledge. Lena's behavior, on the other hand often annoyed me. I realize she has a big decision to make and she feels fate is messing with her but she acts like a ------!

There are a lot of secrets in this book. Some are made clear, others I guess I will have to read book two and others I doubt will ever be answered based on how they were addressed and so far "resolved." I think part of this may be due to the dual authorship. I really think this book would have done better with just one writer and the other getting the honors of assisting with story ideas and concepts.

Overall, a good book. More potential than results so far but I will give the next book a shot to see where it goes.

On a side note, I will state that I liked the book better than the movie.


  1. I've had this book on my shelf for a while, but haven't gotten around to reading it. I really need to get back into fantasy. Great review!

  2. Great review! I have seen this book around for some time now, but I never gave it much thought! Might need to check it out!

  3. This book. This book had so much potential yet for me, the author didn't do justice. Other's said that this was a great series, yet for me, it was just a so-so book. Entertaining yet easily forgotten.

  4. I agree I love this book but it was very slow! I'm still on book 3!

  5. thanks for the honest review. Even if it's a bit slow I think the telling from a male POV sounds interesting. I will have to ad this to my TBR shelf.


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