Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
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.
Review: Beautiful Creatures was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved the southern gothic feel you get from the book. Garcia and Stohl do an excellent job of blending crazy paranormal themes, like voodoo and witchcraft with American history.
Oh, I should probably get something out of the way right now. Beautiful Creatures is technically about casters, a group of people who are like witches basically. Actually I'm not quite sure what the major differences are. I know that casters each have individual powers, all of which are freakishly awesome. I like the idea of a brand new mythology rather than the regular standbys (vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc.) Bold move, Garcia/Stohl!
Now lets move on to the romance portion of the novel. The whole Ethan/Lena romance is sweet, but, and this is my only problem with this book, it is so cliche! Ethan is instantly drawn to her because she's different than all of Ethan's super square school chums. They "slowly" fall in love and run through fields holding hands and writing poetry all over each other's well worn converse sneakers. ughhh!!!!
Bottom Line: I found the mythology interesting enough to make me want to read the next book in the series, but Ethan and Lena's romance will hopefully be better developed as the series progresses.