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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

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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I had some good moments with the book as well as some complaints.The book was going so well but the climax destroyed its charm for me.It could have been so much better.

The paranormal atmosphere in the book was very unique.It was not something plain vampire,werewolf or angel kind of fantasy.The paranormal world the authors created was kind of unique,not like any ya paranormal book.I was totally in love with the caster concept.And there was incubus.It was the plain old vampire thing but explained in a different way which was good.The plot was engaging too.I never felt bored with it.There was sweet romance between the two protagonists which was cute too.

So what went wrong?Let see.

First,the Ethan character bothered me a lot.He didn't sound like a teenage boy at all.I was having a hard time picturing him as a boy.His behavior was so girly.I don't think there is a single teenage boy who never checks out a hot girl.Is that even possible?Ethan never swore,he spent every Saturday morning with three 90 years old women!Even his emotions and feelings for Lena was totally like a girl.I had to force myself to take him as a boy.

Second,the climax was totally rushed without enough explanation.Lena made the same mistake as her ancestor but she didn't turn into dark.How?In all those casters' mess,what was the role of Ethan's mother?Who knows?It was hinted that his mother was killed but it never explained.How could it be that Larkin was dark and his family never knew about it?What were they doing when he turned sixteen?What was the point of healing Macon if he was gonna drop dead just after 5 minutes?And the most disturbing thing was,now Lena had to face this claim again at her 17th birthday?I thought it was the universal rule for a caster to be claimed or choose a side at 16!There wasn't just enough explanations which is dissatisfying.

So it could haven been much more better.Now I hope the authors have explained things better in the 2nd book. ( )
  sreeparna | Jul 27, 2014 |
I discovered the movie first before the book, i watched the movie at HBO one night then I got hooked. I didn’t know the movie was from a book, and it was the first movie out of four books in the series. This book has a little twilight-ish feeling in it, except they are not vampires. Long story short normal boy meets girl or in this case dreams about a girl who he never even met before. Then they have a complicated love story because of some magical complication and that they cant be together. Then comes you and me against the dark forces part and that’s the end of the first book. Continuation on the second book which is titled beautiful darkness. Which i have yet to write a review on. All in all great book, you will like it if you’re into dark mystical and complicated love story. It has a lot of unique characters and story plot. ( )
  ladyangelica | Jun 27, 2014 |
This book was amazing! I loved all the characters and the writing is wonderful!! It is such a good book. Now I have to read the other books, and I am so seeing the movie! This book did not disappoint. This is the perfect book to read if your looking for a book to take you away from your life. I highly recommend it! ( )
  stephanie.dicesare.7 | Jun 25, 2014 |
Beautiful Creatures had been on my wish list for awhile, but I finally got around to reading it because of the movie, which I still haven't seen. I'm glad I read this and really need to get the rest of the series.

I loved the fact that the novel is told in first person through the eyes of Ethan Wate- not your typical love story narrator. It's nice to have a guy swooning once in a while instead of the typical shy girl meets handsome vampire, werewolf, etc. and falls madly in love. Witches are making a comeback and I'm interested to see if they take the #1 spot among the supernatural beings.

If you like YA supernatural romances, then I recommend Beautiful Creatures. ( )
  LauraT81 | Jun 5, 2014 |
When I first read this book, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had picked it out to read for my required English grade. I couldn't get through the book fast enough, and when it was over I went through book-withdraw. The characters were well developed and very detailed. I found that the perspective was something new to me. A women wrote from a male's point of view. This is not a bad thing, but was something I had never seen before and I really enjoyed it! ( )
  Taralovesherpaper | May 21, 2014 |
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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
Caplan, DavidDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clark, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Collins, Kevin T.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
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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!

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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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