This past month, you guys picked Beautiful Creatures as my next read. I agree I needed to read this book eventually with all the hype going on with the movie coming out. And I can also see why you guys liked it... but I'm going to have to say I wasn't a big fan, and I won't feel a need to pick up future installments or see the movie. But that's okay. I now know that, and didn't before, and now I can talk about it relatively intelligently :-)
Goodreads Book Description: 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.
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
of the movie coming out and also its number one pick from last month’s
Reader’s Choice poll, I knew I had to read this book next. I can see why
people liked it, but I just didn’t have the same reaction to it.
Creatures was co-written by Kami Garcia and Maragret Stohl. This book
takes place in the deep South and is mostly from the perspective of a
teenaged boy, Ethan, who falls in love with a strange new girl, Lena,
who is the niece of strange Mason Ravenwood, the town recluse, whom no
one has ever seen. Ethan falls hard and fast for this girl that he
realizes represents everything other than Gatlin, the small Southern
town that he lives in. Soon, he finds out there is a lot more to Lena
and her family and that danger lurks everywhere.
I agree with
other reviewers, that the mood and setting is very nicely done. You
really get the feel of a sleepy, southern town where things seem to be
moving backwards instead of towards the future. I felt the small
mindedness of the townsfolk but at the same time saw how tightly they
stuck together. That was probably the strongest aspect of this book.
every book also needs movement, plot, and great twists with compelling
characters. I felt that Lena and Ethan were like any other stereotypical
teenage romance, and it felt like a Twilight with witches instead of
vampires. I also felt myself waiting, waiting, and WAITING for something
to happen. I was still waiting at 80% and even at the end, which I felt
was predictable, I still felt like the book hadn’t really gone
Overall, nicely written Southern setting, but lacks good plot twists, and characters that have depth.
What did you think about this book? (Don't lynch me!)