Monday, February 15, 2010

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Title:  Beautiful Creatures
Author:  Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Genre:  Young Adult
Publisher:  Penguin Books
Publication Date:  2010
Book Length: 563 pages

Favourite Quote:  "Mortals.  I envy you.  You think you can change things.  Stop the universe.  Undo what was done long before you came along.  You are such beautiful creatures."

Synopsis (from the back of the book)

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 Ducannes.
There is a curse.
On the sixteenth moon, of 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.

My Thoughts 
From the great reviews of this book I decided to finally pick it up and read.  I have to admit, it wasn't what I expected.  I did like the fact that the synopsis didn't reveal much of the story apart from the basics.

One of the things I found different about this story was that it was told from a guy's point of view.  It was quite refreshing, since most of the YA novels I have read so far have female protagonists.

I really fell in love with the characters especially Ethan, who is a compassionate and down to earth character.  Lena was also a likable yet mysterious character that keeps you guessing.  I didn' like the clique of snobby girls who stick together when Lena enters the story.  But where would we be if we didn't have them somewhere in the picture.

Beautiful Creatures unravels at a steady pace, full of history of the town, and amazing love story with unexpected twists and turns woven in, all wrapped up in a creepy goth setting.  If you liked Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, chances are you will like this.  It is well worth a read.



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