Sunday, May 2, 2010

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

No spoilers.

Beautiful Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Year of Publication: 2009
Genre: YA, fantasy
Pages: 563
First Line: "There were only two kinds of people in our town."
Summary: 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.

Source: Back of book

Review: Fail. This book felt like the biggest waste of time. The only thing going for it, I felt, was the fact that it was told from a new point of view (not that the POV was very authentic -- one of the girliest boys I've ever read). In any case, rather than having the story told from the POV of the supernatural being (usually a girl), it went for the girl's boyfriend. BUT WAIT, you say, isn't that what Twilight is? Well, yes, but at least this one has a boy for Bella! HOLD UP, you continue, Lena moves to a new town -- that's what BELLA did! Yeah, also true. Okay, so this is basically Twilight with witches. Except somehow worse. Definitely not worth the time.

Worst part: So. Long. The book was unnecessarily long -- details that were worthless were put in and then important stuff was tiny. And even though it was all over-detailed, I don't know how the book got so big, because it didn't say much of anything.

Best part: I liked the flashbacks. That's about it.

Grade: D

Other Books by This Author: None. But I expect a sequel.

31 / 50 books. 62% done!

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