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.
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Beautiful Creatures follows the story of Ethan Wate, a sophomore at a little school in the middle of nowhere in the deep South - a tiny town called Gatlin. Nothing ever changes. In Gatlin, everyone knows everyone, and there are no such things as secrets until the new girl comes along. Lena Duchannes is unlike any person Ethan has ever met, and he's strangely drawn to the enigmatic girl, despite the warnings of everyone in town. As secrets begin to unravel and mysteries come light, Ethan discovers that he and Lena have a connection, and it's a connection with deep roots in the past.
I can't believe it's taken me this long to read Beautiful Creatures. I put it off forever because it's massive, and I was afraid I'd read it and it wouldn't live up to the hype. Let's face it - that happens a lot these days. Beautiful Creatures is a collaboration between authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl who wanted to create a story that combined the rich nature of Southern gothic history and a unique paranormal story. The result, Beautiful Creatures, is the epitome of everything they tried to create.
Beautiful Creatures is alive with detail and intrigue, and once the story gets going, there is action on nearly every page. The highlight of the book for me was the intense imagery that let me delve into the world of Beautiful Creatures. I also loved how the book incorporated numerous parallels and references to one of my all-time favourites, To Kill a Mockingbird. All that taken into account, I have to say I had a really hard time getting to know Lena in this book, and I often felt that Ethan's emotions were rather surface-level only at times. It took me a while to get to know them, but once I did, I really enjoyed the voice of the story.
All in all, Beautiful Creatures is a well-crafted story with an original idea. The heart of the story, once you reach it, is beautiful and well-written, and you won't be able to put it down. I give it a very strong 4 out of 5, and I would recommend it to fans of YA, paranormal, and historical fiction (weird, eh?), as well as those who love a good, sweet romance. The sequel, Beautiful Darkness, releases October 12, 2010.