Monday, February 7, 2011

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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 book was not what i was expecting. The synopsis really didn't do it justice for me.

I really loved this book. Sometimes it can be hard to relate to male characters but I didn't have that problem with Ethan. He was so...... well he was just the boy you always wish you could fall in love with. I really liked how his relationship with Lena developed over time it made them seem like average teens (although they were anything but). Lena herself was great, it was great how the authors made someone so powerful into a normal teenager girl, with the same insecurities as everyone else.

Another thing I loved about this novel was the history aspect of it. I loved the little glimpses into the civil war and a look at the southern side of the conflict. The history combined with the magic really made this book for me. A lot of the time I can see where books are going but that didn't happen for me with this book, there were surprises in every page!

This novel is a very unique one, it has typical plot lines found in many YA novels but with a twist. Definitely a novel you should read.

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Cover: 3/5

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