Thursday, February 13, 2014

[Book Review] Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)Beautiful Creatures
There were no surprises in Gatlin County. 
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

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.

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“Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures.”
After having strange dreams about the same girl for months, Ethan Wate is sure that he is crazy when he actually sees her in the his small town where everyone knows each other by their first and last name. Lena Duchannes moved to Ravenwood property with her uncle which brings a lot of scandal to town. Noone actually seen her uncle and has stories like he feed on babies and does black magic. 

But Ethan doesn’t want to listen to anyone. After they get close together, he finds out what she really is and what it might mean for both of them to stay in relationship. On top of that they find a locket that shows them the past where it all started. When Duchannes were cursed for eternity. 

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I always start a book that had a lot of buzz very skeptical. I had some bad experience with it and it seems like I can never find a book that’s actually true to its buzz. But Beautiful Creaturesreally surprised me and I couldn’t stop myself from putting it down. 

Lena wasn’t the usual girl that’s presented in YA books. Yes, she was beautiful but she also was very dark and reminded me of a punk. But she was sweet and I didn’t even mind her crazy storm-raging mood swings. I LOVED ETHAN. He seems like a regular jock at first. Playing basketball, going to dances with hot cheerleaders, and being the ultimate guy friend to Link. But he also wants somebody different and his pure love for Lena is amazing. 

Audiobook Notes: Main reason why I rated Beautiful Creatures 5 stars was because of brilliant performance by Kevin T. Collins. He really is amazing and his Southern accents really made me see the characters in the light that they should be. This audiobook also features the actual music for ”Sixteen Moons”as well as different audio like storm, shuddering glass, and many many more. Listening this book on audio was a completely new experience for me and it might let everyone see this book differently.