AUTHOR: Kami Garcia & Margaret
Stohl AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.KamiGarcia.com GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal,
Romance PUBLISHED: December 1, 2009 –
Little, Brown and Company MY RATING: 2
(Courtesy of Goodreads-No Spoilers!)
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.
This is Gothic Tale about a high school
boy from a small southern town who falls in love with the creepy new girl, Lena
Duchannes. He falls in love with her and is drawn to find out the supernatural
connection between them.
The best thing: The story has beautiful
descriptions of the setting, the people, and the mood. The authors know how to
make all your senses get involved. I was really sitting there in the middle of
a vision of burning lemon trees and rosemary.
But it was so hard to choke down the
history detailed in the excruciatingly long book. It was almost painful trying
to keep myself reading at some points. I am not surprised when there are
dragging moments but when there are many and for long periods of time, I almost
want to slam the book down and go hit my head on the wall. If only they would
pinch out the stupid history lessons like an infected pimple which ended up
having NOTHING to do with the main storyline. I endured all the civil war jazz
thinking, “Oh, this must be part of the reason something happens here, hmm!”
But NO it didn’t!
Characters: I have to say they took an
interesting angle by writing the book from a guy’s point of view. He was
saintly. I can’t say he wasn’t believable because my brother is totally
awesome. But there’s a point to where a character loses his credibility. They
really should have gone with omniscient. It would have taken some work, but it
would have made more sense when they described the teen girls clothing from
head to toe, pink fingernails to silver purses. I believe this book may have
been written on a series of bad decisions.
Narrator should have been
limited-omni. Ethan would have appeared less like a girl. Lena might have been
a little bit more interesting. Amma was my fav, such attitude. There were some
funny parts too. But when they were talking “in their minds” I got confused by
who was saying what.
PLOT: Seriously up until Lena
started explaining her family as “casters” (witches) I was LOVING this story. I
love the mystery and dreaming, etc. But then all the witchcraft started and I
was nauseated. Can’t anyone come up with something better than witchcraft for
the reasons for supernatural powers? I was disappointed.
Okay, Here it is. I didn’t hate it, I
didn’t love it. I won’t be reading any sequel because this one seemed like such
a waste of all the good ol’ hype. I give Beautiful Creatures a 2.
Fair: Not quite worth it. It didn’t kill me to read it, although
I should have been doing something else. And the ultimate reason is because it
was too stinkin’ long!
I won’t be letting my teen read this because
of the witchcraft element.