A BEAUT READ!
Title: Beautiful Creatures
Authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal
Dark secrets will come to light.
In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets…
There is a girl.
Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head…Green eyes, black hair.
There is a curse.
On the sixteenth moon, of the sixteenth year,
the book will take what it’s been promised.
And no one can stop it.
In the end, there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love.
But Lena is cursed and, on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.
Ethan never saw it coming.
Beautiful Creatures is a modern tale of life in America’s South, highlighting that sometimes life is more than it seems. The story takes place in the fictional town of Gatlin, South Carolina. A proud and traditional town that takes seriously it’s peaches, its Civil War Re-enactments and its history.
The story centres on the two main characters Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes, and is told from Ethan’s perspective. Ethan is a sixteen year old local boy, whose mother died recently in a motor vehicle accident and whose father has since become a recluse. He is cared for, mainly, by his mystical and superstitious housekeeper Amma. Ethan is deeply entrenched in Gatlin history, as his ancestors were some of the founding fathers of the town. He is a star athlete on the basketball team, has a multitude of friends, but is becoming increasingly bored with the monotonous life of Gatlin.
Lena is new to town. She moved in with the town outsider Macon Ravenwood, at Ravenwood Manor. The Manor is one of the oldest plantations in Gatlin and the Ravenwood’s have lived in the town since its formation. Lena finds it hard to fit in as, she isn’t a local, she wears the wrong clothes and she is not cheerleader material!
Ethan and Lena meet at school. They realise they have been dreaming about each other for months. Going against what everyone wants him to do Ethan begins seeing Lena. It is then that he discovers that Lena is a Castor, a witch. She is awaiting her sixteenth birthday, as this is the day that Castor’s are either claimed for the Light, good witches, or the Dark, evil witches.
The book was a little hard to get into at first. Once Lena’s true nature was revealed, and the paranormal secrets about her family and the town were discovered the book became far more engaging. The author’s descriptive writing helped to maintain interest and paint a clear picture of the characters, the town of Gatlin and the surrounding scenery.
I found the use of Castor’s and witches in the story a refreshing take on the paranormal genre. The story was by no means predictable and it kept you guessing until the very last page. As it is series, it leaves quite a few loose ends, which makes you rush to get the next book.
The book was very interesting, refreshing and unpredictable.
A great read!