Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Series: Beautiful Creatures #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
I originally read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl several years ago and loved it. Then the movie killed all enthusiasm for me. As a movie it worked but as a book adaptation it was awful!
I really enjoyed Beautiful Creatures. It’s a chunker at 577 pages but it really is a quick read! Set in the South, narrated by a male lead, paranomral aspects, and visions from the Civil War? Oh not to mention a family curse! Where do I sign up? It would have been hard for me to not like this book. It’s almost perfect for me.
The one thing that trips me up with the story is the whole “I’ve found my soulmate who is more special than any other boy or girl in the whole of the universe and I can’t live without him/her…at the age of 16.” At times it is a bit much but it wasn’t enough to deter me from continuing with the series. It didn’t dim my enjoyment of Beautiful Creatures. Thankfully I already own book two, Beautiful Darkness, so I will be able to continue on with the series!