Release Date: December 1, 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
Rating from A+ to F: A+
Some loves are meant to be...others are cursed.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin haas ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a cure 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.
Oh my gosh. Let me start out by saying how much I was blown away by this book! I had never expected it to be this good! This was a great book with a wonderful plot written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I could write pages and pages of how much I loved this book, but I'll try to keep it a little bit shorter than that for you.
I think my favorite part of this book was the romance between Lena and Ethan, and how it worked out so well. The characters are developed beautifully and I don't think there was a moment in this book that wasn't filled with exciting events that kept readers turning each and every page until they reached the last one. The setting of the story was great--a very mysterious place, in the South, where things are much different than they seem. I loved Lena and Ethan together, and you could feel the connection they had. The minor characters were also written really well, and you could tell how they acted and their personalities as you read it. What creativity these two great authors have! I can't even imagine how they can think of all the spells and events that you will read in this book.
The ending is amazing, and let me advise you that you might want to buy the sequel to go with the first one immediately, since you're going to want to start reading the sequel as soon as you finish Beautiful Creatures. Another thing I liked about the book was the fantastic cover. I love purple, so you already know I adored this cover and the font on it. I think the title was really well thought of, and I think the cover can show you a glimpse of how mysterious the book is.
Overall, a fantastic read (if you couldn't tell from my review). Okay, the book might have been a little long, but that doesn't mean the book wasn't good. I think a longer book for this plot of Beautiful Creatures is better than a short one with all the information it gives you in this book. It is a great way to take your time in reading the story, and processing the information that is given to you. So, I really recommend this to all readers, and Beautiful Darkness, the sequel, is a book I can't wait to buy!
1. Plot- 20 out of 20 points.
2. Characters-15 out of 15 points.
3. Writing-20 out of 20 points.
4. Creativity-15 out of 15 points.
5. Originality- 10 out of 10 points.
6. Ending- 15 out of 15 points.
7. Cover- 5 out of 5 points.
Equals: 100! 97-100 is an A+ and the first time I've given a book a 100!
Recommended for ages 13 and older.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: KAMI GARCIA & MARGARET STOHL
Visit their website at: http://beautifulcreaturesthebook.com/
Go to the book's website at: www.somelovesarecursed.com
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