Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

        
Beautiful Creatures
(Caster Chronicles #1)
by Kami Garcia & 

Margaret Stohl
Summary from Goodreads:

"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."

Rating:

Beautiful Creatures was written, shall we say, “Beautifully”. Garcia and Stolh’s writing technique really made this paranormal romance book into an immense page-turner. It was a catchy read, so now I know why it became widely popular. 

The plot was good; a bit stereotypical, it was somehow Twilight-ish only with a caster goth rather than a vampire. I like the mystery in it. I like how the anonymities unravelled and how it was sequentially revealed in the right moment at the right time.

Moving on to the characters; Ethan mostly reminded me of Sam from Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. He was obviously created and moulded from a girl’s imagination, but compared to Sam; Ethan is manlier and less emo. Lena is, well, not much of memorable character. First, she was weird, next she’s in full-paranoia, then suddenly sarcastically annoying. She’s practically crazy, but then she has this gooey, girly mind where she wants to go to the prom, receive jewellery as gifts, etc and that was funny. I mostly like the minor characters, Ridley and Link. Link is hilarious, while Ridley may seem like a bitch on the outside but a sensible and caring person on the inside. They were fascinating and intriguing. 

Overall, the book was good. I like how well it was created and it was enjoyable despite a bit of cliché in some events. 

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