Friday, October 22, 2010

Review of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
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 don’t think I have enough fingers and toes to count the number of people who have told me I should read Beautiful Creatures. The summary is quite cryptic, and doesn’t give much of an idea of what the book is about. However, once I saw the gorgeous book trailer made by Vania of VLC Productions, I knew that I needed to get my hands on a copy of this book.

If you told me to read this book, I confess now: you were right. The elaborate yet exceptionally well crafted plotline had me guessing with every turn of the page, unsure of where the authors were taking me next. When I was about 150 pages in, I was trying to explain the story to a friend who has asked me what I was reading, and I realized later that my explanation stunk because I had no idea where Garcia and Stohl were taking me. In retrospect, I think giving a more in depth summary besides the one I posted above would spoil the novel.

My favorite part of this novel was either the characters or the writing. To be honest, I’m having a hard time choosing between the two. I felt that the atmosphere of Gatlin had something of a Gothic undertone, which added infinitely to the intrigue of the story for me. Yet I adored the characters as well. Each character had his or her own distinct and quirky personality. I loved that the story was told from Ethan’s point of view, because I think YA literature could use more male narrators. Ethan felt believable to me because he wasn’t a perfect or idealized character.

Simply put, Beautiful Creatures is a fantastic read. On the one hand, I can’t believe I waited so long to read it, but I’m also excited about being able to get my hands on Beautiful Darkness right away. I can’t wait to see where this roller coaster of a story takes readers next.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.


  1. Wonderful review! I loved the writing as well. The authors did such an amazing job of giving the readers the eerie, Gothic feel of Gatlin throughout the entire book. I haven't read Beautiful Darkness yet, but I hope you enjoy reading it just as much as you did this one :)

  2. Great review! A ton of people told me to read this one until I finally gave in as well, and like you I was glad I did. Also, I loved the characters and writing too. I simply can't wait to read Beautiful Darkness, especially since I've heard it's just as good, if not better, than this one.

  3. Yay! It's great that you really liked Beautiful Creatures. I loved Beautiful Darkness even more, so you're lucky you don't have to wait a whole year for it. :D



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