Friday, April 2, 2010

Beautiful Creatures

By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

There were no surprises in Gatlin County. 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.

I have no idea why this book is called Beautiful Creatures. None. It has nothing to do with anything that happens. I found that highly irritating. And that was only the beginning of my discontent. I practically devoured this book; it’s a page-turner, no doubt about that. But instead of that warm full feeling I get when I’ve finished a really good book, I just felt prickly and sarcastic. It’s supposed to be a gothic book, I get it. But I just no-likey voodoo magicky zombie witchcraft. Cree-py. I also gotta say, not impressed with the characters. There was too much of the sort of Twilight I’m obsessed with you stuff going on. Also, the supporting characters were so over-the-top out there, I would never believe someone like that existed. I had loads of problems with this story, but there have been lots of people who have raved about it’s originality and beautifully written story. I will concur that there are passages that are indeed very well written and the characters very likeable. It just wasn’t my cuppa tea. You like gothic romances with a bit of witchcraft and voodoo, this is right down your alley and I’ll leave you to it and find somewhere more brightly lit.
P.S. If anybody is interested in this book enough to read it, I will give it to you. I bought it and have no interest in keeping it. Let me know, or it will probably go to a used book store.

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