28 May 2010

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

TITLE: Beautiful Creatures
AUTHOR: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
PAGES: Hardcover, 563
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
OTHER BOOKS BY KAMI GARCIA & MARGARET STOHL: COMING SOON: Beautiful Darkness, Caster Chronicles #3, Caster Chronicles #4

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.

Okay, first off, the whole story, with the exception of a SMALL part near the end, is in Ethan's point of view.  Weird, no?  Usually stories like this are told in the GIRL'S point of view but the fact that it was in ETHAN'S was...actually sort of fascinating.  For two female authors, they portrayed Ethan's character remarkably well.

I absolutely love good books that are good and LONG.  If you're looking for something to hold you over for a few days, Beautiful Creatures is your book of choice.  The mystery is well-developed and thorough.

The characters were enjoyable and the whole setup of the Gatlin town was intriguing.  As the plot went on and when it came to the part where the story unfolds and you finally find out whodunnit, I was stunned by what was revealed--NOT something that happens very often, mind you.  And at the end, I was like, "Oh god!" in anticipation.  Also by the events, of which I cannot describe here. *wink*

Beautiful Creatures is now resting on my bookshelf, having bought it without reading it first!  But I thought, this looks like a good book.  And hey, I didn't bring it back to the bookstore, although two books had that unfortunate fate today.

Don't you just love the cover?  I was fascinated with the font and I was constantly following the curves and where they met up.

Grade: A
Sequel: Beautiful Darkness (four books planned so far! yes!)
Graphics: (made by me--when you read the book, you'll understand the phrase)