Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures:
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.

This is the first book in the Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and I'm kind of on the fence as to how to review it. While I loved the family history and the mystery surrounding the characters, there were honestly times that I was bored to tears. The book is so descriptive it was easy to visualize exactly what the characters are experiencing. I loved how it was told form a different perspective; more often than not stories are told from the heroine's voice, but this one was told by the hero. Ethan, just your average teenage boy who falls for the new girl (Lena) in school; only to discover there is a lot more to her than he could have ever imagined. Suddenly their lives are flipped upside down, and Lena and Ethan face more than just small town Southern prejudice. Magic and danger fill this book to the brim, and I'm so intrigued with Ethan and Lena's story that I'm curious to find out what happens in the next installment.

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