Friday December 4, 2009
by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
There were no surprises in Gatlin County. We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere. 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 think that this was one of the very first review books that I received when I first started my blog and I remember putting it in my January review pile and thinking "Wow, that seems so far away!" Sometimes it's really hard to put off reading a book until its closer to the release date!
Anyway, I was really happy when they moved up the book's debut date and I was able to read it a little early :o)
An imposing book at close to 600 pages, Beautiful Creatures is worth every turn of the page. The setting itself is the heart of the book...a seemingly laid back southern town where history and family lineage is everything. The very epitome of Gone With the Wind and Scarlett O'Hara's Southern pride. Sittin' on the front porch, sippin' a mint julep, all shiny and perspiren' from the heavy Southern heat....yah, yah you get the idea!
Ethan and Lena seem like star-crossed lovers from the very start...he is a hometown boy with ancestors who go all the way back to the Civil War. So does Lena but her family has always been clouded by dark secrets and mystery...something the people of Gatlin County surely don't appreciate.
One of my favorite things about this story are all the great characters. Including Amma, Ethan's would-be grandma and housekeeper, who is definitely a force to be reckoned with. She watches over Ethan like a hawk and uses her age-old wisdom and backwoods magical charms to keep him safe.
There is almost too much to talk about because this story has so many wonderful elements! If you love mystery, fantasy and romance then you will enjoy this book.
A great gift for the holidays...something to snuggle up with on snow day!
Best for middle school and up!