Review: Beautiful Creatures

Title: Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1)

Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Publication Date: December 1, 2009

Pages: 563 Pages

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

   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.

   I just want to say that I made the mistake of watching the movie first before reading the book, so I keep comparing the movie and the book, and that's making it hard for me to actually review the book. I watched the movie first because I didn't know whether or not I would like this this book, and so that served as my little "test". I actually liked the movie, so I went on and read the book. When I finished reading, I was really surprised by the turn of events because the movie and the book is really really different! I'm glad though, because that way, there weren't any spoilers. I'll keep the review short and simple, as I don't really know what to say.

  First, you need to know one thing about me: I don't read many fantasy books. I generally prefer contemporary books as they are more realistic and easier to relate to. So, it is rare that I like a fantasy book, much less start reading one. So, when I say that I liked reading Beautiful Creatures, it means that I liked reading Beautiful Creatures. Sometimes, though, I felt like the pacing was too slow, or that Lena was always too pessimistic and other things like that, and that's keeping me from giving this a high rating. But overall, I enjoyed reading Beautiful Creatures, and I would continue on with the next book.

   "You couldn't take two roads. And once you were on one, there was no going back."

  "I know what it must have cost her to tell me the truth. I couldn't run out on her now."

  "Men at times are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. - Julius Ceasar, Shakespeare"

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