Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Beautiful Creatures: Caster Chronicles 1

Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Genre: Young Adult – Fiction/Paranormal/Fantasy
Publication Date: December 1, 2009
Age Range:  Young Adult
Pages:  563
Date Scoot Read: October 2010
Source: Audiobook

Scoot's Rating
6- Good read with small flaws.

Synopsis (via 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.

Scoot’s Review:
Ethan is a teen from a small town and when a new girl arrives straight out of his dreams (literally), he ends up involved in things he never even knew existed.  Beautiful Creatures is story told using a blend of history, paranormal ability, and romance.  Overall I enjoyed this story; I felt the plot was interesting and unique... if at times a little slow.    I liked the setting of the old Southern town where history plays a big role in present day.  I also liked the supernatural elements, especially the mental connection between Ethan and Lena.  I really liked Ethan and felt he was a solid character.  Ethan felt like an all-American boy with a pretty positive outlook on life, despite its hardships.  I loved how he respected and cared for those he considered his family.  In contrast, I was often annoyed with Lena; her constant wining and moping got on my last nerve.  Due to this I wasn’t wholly caught up in their romance, but thought it flowed well with the story line and kept me interested in continuing when the plot was dragging.  The side characters were great, if a bit over-done at times.  I also enjoyed how portions of the story involved flash-backs from history.  All around it was a good story, but nothing to knock your socks off.

1 comment:

Amelia said...

hey! I really liked reading your thoughts of Ethan and Lena especially! I'm reading BC right now, and while I like Ethan, Lena's kind of getting on my nerves - for exactly the same reasons that you mentioned. Glad to know I'm not the only one, haha ;P


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