Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Review: Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Released: Dec 1 2009

Hardcover, 576 pages

ISBN: 978-0316042673

Recommended for: YA paranormal romance lovers

Teaser quote:

"There seemed to be nothing too unbelievable for this Gatlin. It's funny how you can live somewhere your whole life, but not really see it."
(pg 221, ISBN 978-0316042673)

My rating: 4.5/5

My thoughts:

In the small southern town of Gatlin, nothing really happens. Everyone knows everyone, you are born there and you die there. Ethan's whole world changes when a new girl, Lena, comes to town to live with her uncle...he recognizes her as the girl from his dreams. There is no way to avoid the connection they have and life in Gatlin becomes much more interesting as secrets surface, powers are developed and they uncover details of the curse haunting her family.

This is one book I had been dying to read, so I must admit I came in with high expectations. The story is told from the perspective of a guy, Ethan which was a refreshing change - I had to laugh as I changed the voice in my head as I read. I loved the dichotomy used throughout: old vs. new, popular vs. outcast, good vs. evil, destiny vs. free will. The one thing I wished for was more of a connection with Ethan & Lena. I found that the history & struggle to accept or change one's destiny left me feeling like I missed out on a bit of the romantic connection. The plot contains so many twists and turns that it keeps one guessing what could happen next. The ending was phenomenal and, although the book is almost 600 pages, it leaves the reader wishing for more. I eagerly await the next book in the series due out next year!

Recently announced: Warner Bros. has picked up film rights to Beautiful Creatures. Congrats Kami & Margie!


  1. This one is on my nightstand. I can't wait to read it!

  2. Kim ~ You need to stop writing & read this!! LOL

    Juju ~ Thanks!

  3. I agree the ending of Beautiful Creatures was outstanding. Great review!

  4. I'm really looking forward to reading this one next year. Great review :)

  5. Now I'm even more excited to read it. Thanks for the review!

  6. Becky ~ I know!!! Seriously can't wait another year to find out more :(

    Alita & Nikki ~ thanks, you guys will love it!

  7. Great review hon! This one is on top of my xmas wislist! Oh my, I so hope my sis buys it!

  8. This is sitting on my shelf. Glad I can look forward to it!

  9. Just finished this book on Sunday and loved it! it's romantic, literary and inventive!

  10. Alyssa ~ I hope you love it too!

    Daisy ~ I can't wait for the next book :)