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Beautiful Creatures (edition 2009)

by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

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Title:Beautiful Creatures
Authors:Kami Garcia
Other authors:Margaret Stohl
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2009), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 563 pages
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This book and I got off to a fantastic start. I absolutely loved the prologue as it established the setting and the tone of the novel beautifully. I daresay that it was some of the best establishment of setting that I have seen in YA fiction and actually found myself re-reading just that portion. Then it kind of all spiraled downhill for me.

You see, I was hesitant to pick up Beautiful Creatures due to the extravagant amount of pages it contains. It's incredibly rare for me to find a book longer than, oh about 300 pages that I actually enjoy. Too often I find that there isn't enough going on in the story for the book to warrant so much excess. I also find that these longer books contain too much fluff. Unfortunately the first problem was alive and well in Beautiful Creatures. I really believe this story should have been cut down to at least half its size because there really is not that much happening. Basically Lena and Ethan are in love right away without any buildup. Lena is doomed because of a curse placed upon her as a consequence of the actions taken by one of her very dead relatives. Ethan and Lena only have so much time and have to find a way to reverse the spell. There are some small town issues with outsiders and finally a brief confrontation which results in a whole lot of nothing. Now do you see what I mean about the length being a tad unnecessary?

The lack of story wasn't the only thing that bothered me. If you have read any of my other reviews then you are well aware of how much I despise these romances that just appear out of nowhere and are love at first sight. Sure, Ethan had been dreaming of Lena before they actually met but that doesn't create a solid foundation for any kind of love. He barely even knows the girl. I'm also not a fan of people throwing away every other aspect of their life just to be with this person that they have randomly fallen in love with. In real life that is known as an unhealthy relationship. Ethan became the male version of Bella to me. He quits everything else and spends every waking moment with or thinking about Lena. Gross. Just gross.

I was also incredibly disappointed by the ending. Throughout this story there is all this buildup and what you hope will be foreshadowing with the constant dream they both share and then the ending just feels like a major letdown. Nothing is resolved. If anything more problems are created so you feel like you just wasted all this time reading the book in the first place.

Overall:

I wish I liked this book, but overall I just don't. I won't be reading the rest of the series. ( )
  Emma_Manolis | Jun 27, 2017 |
I still haven't decided if I actually liked this book or not. It keeps you hanging all the way through and then doesn't quite give in. It's quite frustrating. I don't even normally read this genre so I'll admit it's a little out of my comfort zone.

While the book is very well written, it's the actual story I'm not sure I like.

My suggestion is, if you're intrigued by the premise, read it, you can always put it down if you don't like it. ( )
  Serenova_Phoenix | Jun 26, 2017 |
I wanted to the see movie. So I bought the book to read it first. I just finished it. 40 minutes before I'm supposed to go out with a friend and watch the film. I am bad ass. haha.

I love it. I was hooked from the start. I really hope the movie doesn't ruin it for me.

Now I need to go out and get book two. I can't wait. ( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
it's not that it's bad. it's just that i didn't like it ( )
  Banoczi_Henrietta | Jun 19, 2017 |
Sulla bocca di molti, questo libro, ha finito per attirare anche la nostra attenzione, soprattutto in occasione della pubblicazione del secondo volume della saga. La Sedicesima Luna è un romanzo diretto ad un pubblico giovane ma dalle basi solide e assolutamente affascianti; le autrici (è infatti un romanzo scritto a quattro mani) sono riuscite a rendere al meglio l'atmosfera gotica della Carolina del Sud. Kami Garcia e Margaret Stohl sono riuscite, infatti, a creare un background fantastico, dalle tinte un po' dark-gothic e soffocante come solo un paese fortemente conservatore, chiuso e bigotto può essere. Le tradizioni, il passato, il paesaggio, i pregiudizi e i misteri di Gatlin saranno i pilastri portanti dell'intera vicenda, i "cattivi" e i "buoni" invisibili contro cui dovranno combattere i protagonisti per emergere.

Un particolare molto apprezzabile è che, per una volta, non ci troviamo di fronte alla solita tradizione fantasy nord europa e americana (vampiri, licantropi...) ma bensì una sana, affascinante, misteriosa e coinvolgente tradizione gotica italiana.

Un altro elemento di spicco è lo stile narrativo delle autrici che, costrariamente alla prassi, si sono cimentate nell'impersonificazione di un ragazzo. E' Ethan che narra, in prima persona, la sua vita e il suo incontro travolgente e sconvolgente con Lena, ragazza tutt'altro che perfetta per il mondo - ovvero per quel piccolo frammento di mondo chiuso che è Gatlin - ma perfetta per lui. La sua anima gemella vestita di lunghe gonne, collane bizzarre e dal carattere forte e sensibile.

Ovviamente intorno a Lena si addensa un mistero tutt'altro che facile da sbrogliare ma - ed ecco che le autrici ci sorprendono nuovamente - la ragazza non si comporterà come tutti i protagonisti "speciali" che abbiamo incontrato fino ad ora... Non taglierà fuori Ethan ma lo accoglierà, anche se con molte riserve e timori, nel suo mondo. Ethan e Lena formeranno una squadra, facendosi forza reciprocamente, per riuscire a salvare Lena, il loro amore e tutto quello in cui hanno imparato a credere.

Il romanzo incentra tutta la sua evoluzione sull'apparente impossibilità di scelta fra la via della Luce e delle Tenebre. Lena è destinata a essere luce o tenebra e non c'è nulla che lei o Ethan possa fare per cambiare le cose. Nonostante la fine segnata, entrambi i ragazzi continuano a muoversi e combattere contro Gatlin, che non fa altro che contrastarli in ogni modo, e contro gli altri personaggi co-primari che continuano a nascondere loro frammenti di verità. Questo contribuisce a far aumentare l'ansia e il desiderio di arrivare alla fine del romanzo, una sorta di desiderio di rivalsa contro tutti coloro che, convinti di fare il "bene" di Lena e Ethan, nascondono loro informazioni vitali.

Lena è una Carter, una strega, ma i suoi poteri verranno consolidati solamente al suo sedicesimo compleanno, a quel punto la sua stessa natura sarà reclamata dalla luce o dalle tenebre e tutta la sua percezione del mondo muterà alla mezzanotte del suo sedicesimo anno di vita.

E' una corsa contro il tempo, quella di Ethan e Lena, una corsa contro lo scoccare di quella fatidica ora che potrebbe unirli ancora di più o separarli per l'eternità. Ma cosa accadrebbe se, in realtà, Ethan nascondesse peculiarità che lo rendono l'unico a poter proteggere Lena? E soprattutto, da chi dovrebbe proteggerla?

E perchè sono mesi che entrambi finiscono per fare lo stesso identico sogno che immancabilmente finisce per interrompersi allo stesso punto?

Un romanzo paranormal gothic romance che - come sostenuto da molti recensori - ricorda lo stile più adulto e profondo di Anne Rice nella sua serie Streghe Mayfair e che, soprattutto, finirà per sorprendervi ad ogni colpo di scena. Benchè abbia una trama molto lineare (almeno all'apparenza), le autrici ci dilettano sempre con nuovi elementi che finiranno per sconvolgere ogni previsione e che ci porteranno verso un finale assolutamente inaspettato.

Indubbiamente un romanzo da leggere per tutti gli amanti del genere. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
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The intensity of Ethan and Lena's need to be together is palpable, the detailed descriptions create a vivid, authentic world, and the allure of this story is the power of love. The satisfying conclusion is sure to lead directly into a sequel. Give this to fans of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" (Little, Brown, 2005) or HBO's "True Blood" series and they will devour all 600-plus pages of this teen Gothic romance.
 
The 600-plus pages could have been cut to make a tighter, better story. Despite the bulk, there’s plenty teens will like: romance, magic, hauntings, and the promise of more to come.
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Stohl, Margaretmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bianco, EveNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caplan, DavidDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clark, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.


-Martin Luther King Jr.
Dedication
For
Nick & Stella
Emma, May & Kate
and
all our casters & outcasters, everywhere.
There are more of us than you think.
First words
There were only two kinds of people in our town. "The stupid and the stuck," my father had affectionately classified our neighbors.
Quotations
(p 6)

Sixteen moons, sixteen years
Sixteen of your deepest fears
Sixteen times you dreamed my tears
Falling, falling through the years...
(p 37)

Sixteen moons, sixteen years
Sixteen of your deepest fears
Sixteen times you dreamed my tears
Falling, falling through the years...
(p 266)

Sanguis sanguinis mei, tutela tua est.
Sanguis sanguinis mei, tutela tua est.
Sanguis sanguinis mei, tutela tua est.
Sanguis sanguinis mei, tutela tua est.
(p 267)

Sanguis sanguinis mei, tutela tua est!
Sanguis sanguinis mei, tutela tua est!
Sanguis sanguinis mei, tutela tua est!

Blood of my blood, protection is thine!
(p 272)

Sixteen moons, sixteen years,
Sixteen times you dreamed my fears,
Sixteen will try to Bind the spheres,
Sixteen screams but just one hears . . .
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This book is told in a boy, Ethan Wate's, POV. He lives in a town, Gatlin, where nothing happens and nobody is different.
Ethan has been having these dreams about losing a girl who he thinks he is falling in love with. Which is crazy because he only knows her through a dream and she is probably not even real. Then suddenly a girl who is the town shut-in's niece moves to Gatlin and dares to be different. Her and Ethan seem to have an odd connection. This book is amazing and filled with adventure, suspense, and romance. It also has a lot of references to the book To Kill a Mockingbird.  
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316042676, Hardcover)

Ethan Wate is struggling to hide his apathy for his high school "in" crowd in small town Gatlin, South Carolina, until he meets the determinedly "out" Lena Duchannes, the girl of his dreams (literally--she has been in his nightmares for months). What follows is a smart, modern fantasy--a tale of star-crossed lovers and a dark, dangerous secret. Beautiful Creatures is a delicious southern Gothic that charms you from the first page, drawing you into a dark world of magic and mystery until you emerge gasping and blinking, wondering what happened to the last few hours (and how many more you're willing to give up). To tell too much of the plot would spoil the thrill of discovery, and believe me, you will want to uncover the secrets of this richly imagined dark fantasy on your own. --Daphne Durham

Amazon Exclusive Interview with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Authors of Beautiful Creatures

What does your writing process look like? Is it tough to write a book together? Did you ever have any knock-down drag-out fights over a plot point or character trait?

Margie: The best way to describe our writing process is like a running stitch. We don't write separate chapters, or characters. We pass the draft back and forth constantly, and we actually write over each other's work, until we get to the point where we truly don't know who has written what.

Kami: By the end of the book, we don't even know. The classic example is when I said, "Marg, I really hate that line. It has to go." And she said, "Cut it. You wrote it."

Margie: I think we were friends for so long before we were writing partners that there was an unusual amount of trust from the start.

Kami: It's about respect. And it helps that we can't remember when who wrote the bad line.

Margie: We save our big fights for the important things, like the lack of ice in my house or how cold our office is. And why none of my YouTube videos are as popular as the one of Kami's three-fingered typing…okay, that one is understandable, given the page count for "Beautiful Creatures."

Kami: What can I say? I was saving the other seven fingers for the sequel.

What kinds of books do you like to read?

Kami: I read almost exclusively Young Adult fiction, with some Middle Grade fiction thrown in for good measure. As a Reading Specialist, I work with children and teens in grades K-12, so basically I read what they read.

Margie: When I write it comes from the same place as when I read: wanting to hang out with fictional characters in fictional worlds. I identify more as a reader than a writer; I just have to write it first so I can read it.

What books/authors have inspired you?

Kami: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, "A Good Man is Hard to Find & Other Stories" by Flannery O'Connor, "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury and "The Witching Hour" by Anne Rice. I also love Pablo Neruda.

Margie: I think Harper Lee is the greatest writer alive today. Eudora Welty is my other Southern writer kindred; I was obsessed with her in grad school. Susan Cooper and Diana Wynne Jones made me love fantasy, and my favorite poets are Emily Dickinson (at Amherst College, I even lived on her street) and Stevie Smith.

Did you set out to write fiction for young adults? Why?

Kami: We actually wrote "Beautiful Creatures" on a dare from some of the teen readers in our lives.

Margie: Not so much readers as bosses.

Kami: Looking back, we wrote it sort of like the serialized fiction of Charles Dickens, turning in pages to our teen readers every week.

Margie: And by week she means day.

Kami: When we were getting texts in the middle of the night from teens demanding more pages, we knew we had to finish.

Margie: As it says in our acknowledgements, their asking what happened next changed what happened next. Teens are so authentic. That's probably why we love YA. Even when it's fantasy, it's the emotional truth.

A lot of us voracious readers like to cast a book after reading it. Did you guys have a shared view of who your characters are? Did each of you take a different character to develop, or did you share every aspect?

Kami: We've never cast our characters, but we definitely know what they look like. Sometimes we see actors in magazines and say, "Lena just wore that!"

Margie: We create all our characters together, but after a point they became as real as any of the other people we know. We forget they're not.

Kami: I never thought of it like that. I guess we do spend all our time talking about imaginary people. Margie: So long as it's not to them…

Did you always plan to start the book with Ethan's story? Why?

Kami: We knew before we started that we wanted to write from a boy's point of view. Margie and I both have brothers—-six, between us-—so it wasn't a stretch. It's an interesting experience to fall in love with the guy telling the story rather than the guy the story is about.

Margie: We do kind of love Ethan, so we wanted there to be more to him than just the boy from boy meets girl.

Kami: He's the guy who stands by you at all costs and accepts you for who you are, even if you aren't quite sure who that is.

What is on your nightstand now?

Kami: I have a huge stack, but here are ones at the top: "Mama Dip's Kitchen," a cookbook by Mildred Council, "The Demon's Lexicon" by Sarah Rees Brennan, "Shadowed Summer" by Saundra Mitchell, "Rampant" by Diana Peterfreund, and an Advanced Reader Copy of "Sisters Red" by Jackson Pearce.

Margie: I have Robin McKinley's "Beauty," Maggie Stiefvater's "Ballad," Kristen Cashore's "Fire," Libba Bray's "Going Bovine," and "Everything Is Fine" by AnnDee Ellis. And now I'm mad because I know a) Kami stole my "Rampant" and b) didn't tell me she has "Sisters Red"!

What is your idea of comfort reading?

Kami: If given the choice, I'll always reach for a paranormal romance or an urban fantasy. I also re-read my favorite books over and over.

Margie: It's all comfort reading to me. I sleep with books in my bed. Like a dog, only without the shedding and the smelling.

Have you written the next book already? What's next for Lena and Ethan?

Margie: We are revising the next book now. I don't want to give too much away, but summer in Gatlin isn't always a vacation.

Kami: I would describe book two as intense and emotional. For Ethan and Lena, the stakes are even higher.

Margie: That's true. Book two involves true love, broken hearts, the Seventeenth Moon, and cream-of-grief casseroles…

Kami: Gatlin at it's finest!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:01 -0400)

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In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.… (more)

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