Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Pub. Date: December 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover, 563pp
Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis
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.

Review
Beautiful Creatures is a must read for 2009! I don’t know if I can express how much I love this book and give it its proper due in a few paragraphs. Beautiful Creatures is one of those books that you want to absorb every moment until it’s been engraved in your head. When I got down to the final pages I didn’t want the story to end because then I had to accept the inevitable – The Ending. WOW! The events that led up to the ending were heart wrenching.

I was so wrapped up in this book, I felt like I was living Ethan’s life. Everything about this book felt real to me. The dysfunctional family gatherings, the high school drama, the history of Gatlin and most importantly the characters themselves – I was awed with the authenticity of Beautiful Creatures.

Readers help authors by spreading the word and buying books but I want to take this moment to thank both Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for writing a great book and I’m just happy to be able to share my thoughts with readers regarding the excellence of this novel. I can’t believe it took them 3 months to write the first draft but the finished product is one to behold indeed. I was thoroughly impressed with the detailed history of Gatlin and how it was merged with the Caster World along with the southern drawl and Latin language for the casts.

I could go on and on about everything that I loved about this book but instead I’ll keep it short by saying – Beautiful Creatures has everything you could possibly want in a novel. I asked both Kami and Margaret this question in an interview: “What comes to mind when you hear the words ‘the perfect story’?” To answer my question – the answer would be Beautiful Creatures.

I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.

Rating 5 out of 5 Stars

45 comments:

  1. I love the part.."What comes to mind when you hear 'the perfect story'? ---Beautiful Creatures" :)

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  2. wow that you wanted to absorb every moment until it was engraved into your head. I feel like I already love this book, and I haven't even read it yet.

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  3. I haven't heard a negative thing about Beautiful Creatures! Can't wait to read it! Awesome review. :D

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  4. I so, so can't wait until I get my hands on a copy of this book! Out of all the books this month I was looking foward to reading, this one was #1!!

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  5. I have a copy of this book sitting on my shelf and I plan to read it this month! I have heard so many great things about it so I cannot wait to read it!

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  6. Thanks for the review. Seems like I read more and more positive reviews on this book everyday. I want to try it.

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  8. I have heard nothing but good things about this book. I mean, usually you'll hear one or two bad reviews but not about this one. I really can't wait to read this one.

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  9. I can't wait to read this one! It sounds just so amazing. I will need to get a copy pronto! (:

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  10. Now, I am dying to read this book! Thanks for this awesome review!

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  11. Wow you've made me want to run out and get this book immediatly!I will move it to the top of my wishlist!

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  12. Great review.I have not read one bad review for this book. I can't wait to get a copy.

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  13. I keep hoping my library will get this soon! So many great reviews - I definitely need to try it.

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  14. Wow, three months, really? That really is amazing. I definitely want to read this book soon. :)

    carmenalexistsang [at] gmail [dot] com

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  15. Did you see that this just became a finalist for the ALA's The William C. Morris YA Debut Award?

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  16. Looks soooo good. Great review!

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  17. I heard how great this book is and I definately need to read it to find out.

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  18. Loved your review! Can really tell how passionate you were about the story. Have heard only wonderful things about this book, so it's on my "must read" list! Thanks!

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  19. okay you've convinced me. I want to read this one now.

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  20. What a great review You expressed your love for this book really well your making me want to run to my bookstore right know I will definatly have to read this one
    DENISEMADNESS

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  21. I cannot wait to read it. Great review

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  22. Great review! I am glad you enjoyed it so much. I am so excited to read this book

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  23. I am so excited to read this book! It sounds amazing and the cover is pretty awesome.

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  24. Tina,
    Okay have not read the book and after reading the review you wrote am wanting to do so. I like the character synopsis, it was short, sweet and to the point and who does not have family drama in their lives..... Count me in as a new fan of these 2 ladies, sounds like maybe my next series of books has been found here on this review.....

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  25. Well done review. I really can not wait to read this. Hope I get to soon.

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  26. Awesome review! Are you sure you liked it? ;)

    I too enjoyed it very much. I loved the world building. It's not technically "other-worldly" but it sure is different than a normal town! :)

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  27. I love it when a book totally envelopes you like a warm blanket. This book is certainly becoming a must-have!

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  28. I have not heard one negative thing about this book, I cannot wait to read it! Great review!

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  29. Wow, 5 stars! I've heard lots of rave reviews about this book on the web. I'll have to buy it when it's out. Thanks for the review!

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  30. I'm already dying read this and your review makes me even more excited!
    I can't wait for Christmas break!

    Briana

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  31. A great review! I've read nothing but good reviews of this book.

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  32. great review. I can't wait to read this!

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  33. wow, if you recommend it i have to read it, great review, sounds like a book i will enjoy

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  34. I have read nothing but great reviews over this book. It has many I love to read: plantation, secrets, unknown connections. Can't wait to read it.

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  35. Thank you for the review. I'm going to put this book on my to read list.

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  36. I love the cover and have wanted to read this from the first time I saw it. Just like your review, it's received many great reviews. Now I want to read this even more.

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  37. Everything I've read about this book makes me so anxious to be able to read it myself!!

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  38. I've heard so many good things about this book. I'm so looking forward to reading it!!

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  39. wow! 5 out of 5 stars! I really can't wait to read it!

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  40. Wow, this sounds great and I can hardly wait to read it!

    Great review!

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  41. This was a great review. I have read a few reviews and the books sounds so good. Now that I have read your review, I feel like I need to read it NOW!

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  42. Great review, I so want to pick this up.

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  43. Great review; with 5 stars I'll definitely check it out.

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  44. Great review! I also loved this book!

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  45. I LOVED this book :D I couldn't get enough of it there's no words that can explain how much I enjoyed the book...<3

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