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Some loves are meant to be…others are cursed.

Beautiful Creatures
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.

First Impressions: I found out about this book way before it came out and I was already obsessed, which could be a good thing or a bad thing. Luckily, in this case, it ended up being a great thing! When I finally got the book for Christmas, I couldn't wait to get lost in its 565 pages....
Setting: This was what first appealed to me when I read the description back in August. I love small towns with secrets and mysteries. I think it's probably one of my most favorite settings when it comes to books. And it was also in the South (in South Carolina), which I've always loved the plantation homes, so that was definitely a plus for me. I think they're gorgeous yet mysterious and dark. Such a perfect setting for a story like this.
Characters: I loved every single character in this book. Sixteen-year-old Ethan is a great main character. He's so different from everyone in Gatlin, which makes him so lovable. And he also has a good sense of humor, but sometimes it's awkward, which makes him even better. He's a simple, down-to-earth, guy who's not 'perfect' and I love him! He also cares deeply for the other main character, 15-year-old Lena, who I also love. The minute she entered the story, I knew she was going to be great. She just had an (invisible of course) aura about her that automatically makes you love her. What I love about her most is that she's vulnerable yet strong and very, very powerful. She even has some humor with her as well; sometimes you wouldn't expect some of things she does out of her. The minor characters are so, so great as well. Amma, the woman who looks after Ethan, couldn't be any cooler if you ask me. She's the perfect character. Lena's uncle, Macon, is very mysterious and a very strong character as well. Ethan's best friend, Link, is quite the story's clown. I laughed at a lot of the stuff he said and did. The other 'dark' characters are also great, but I won't tell you anything about them Wink
Writing Style: I rather enjoyed the writing style, especially since Garcia & Stohl wrote through the point of view of a boy. I don't usually read books where a boy is telling the story and when I do, I'm normally not to into the story. However, this really worked. I'm also surprised at how well the writing flowed. As someone who has co-written a book, I know how hard it can be to make the writing flow and make everything come together. I couldn't tell the difference in writing and it seemed as though one person wrote the book. Also, the book switches time periods a few times and a lot of times in books, it doesn't ever work or flow for me, but it worked extremely well in this book and isn't overwhelming or too much at all. I rather enjoyed those parts, as they were some of my favorites. There also wasn't any cussing (only one time toward the end) and I really appreciate when authors can do that and still make the characters believable. In this day in age, that's hard to do for young adult books (especially in books where 'bad' things happen).
Cover: I absolutely love the cover! It's definitely one of my favorite covers of all-time. It's so simple, yet it portrays the tone of the book perfectly. Deep, dark, mysterious, with a little light.
Plot: Okay, now, I was very intrigued by the plot. I kept wanting to read more and more and more to find out what was going to happen. I loved how there was a classic love story in the mix of all the magic. The book was so long that I really hadn't the slightest clue to how it was going to end. Even though you think you know what was going to happen, you're shocked. There were only a few times that I got a little bored, but that would only last for, like, two pages, then I was over it. But that's to be expected a little in a book that's over 550 pages long. I really liked that fact that it wasn't all magic. There was a lot of 'normal' scenes between characters in edition to the supernatural element. I also rather enjoyed how they introduced the magic. I won't say how, but I did like it. There was also a lot of original magic and supernatural elements. Normally, there's only so much you can do with magic because almost everything has always been done, however, Garcia and Stohl really put their own twists into it. And they even introduced some new supernatural elements that differ from any other book I've read.
Dislikes: I only have a few and they aren't even that big of a deal. But, there were just a couple of points where I got a little confused. And also a couple places where it lost my interest, but only for a couple of minutes. Both of these can be a result of my own self, though. So, I can't say if it was the book or not.
Final Thoughts: It was a brilliant, brilliant read! After I finished, I sighed and sat there thinking for a bit. If I didn't have such a long need-to-read list right now, I would probably read it again. I know I will be reading it again once I'm finished reading my other new books. It was just that great and I can't wait for the next book, whenever that may be coming out. I'm also rather interested in the movie that's in development. It'll be interesting to see how they're going to do it. Some of the parts may be difficult to portray on screen.


Setting:★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Characters: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Writing: ★ ★ ★ ★
Covers: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Plot: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Recommend it? Abso-freaking-lutely!!! It's brilliant! And a must read for anyone who loves dark fantasy and magic!

This has been a review by Evie!!! Peace out!

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love your review evie im so going to get this book for my birthday
You won't be sorry! It's fabulous!
And thank you much! Smile

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