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The Compulsive Reader: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Friday, November 20, 2009

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


Gatlin County, South Carolina is perhaps the dullest place on Earth, and Ethan Wate cannot wait to get out it. To him, it's as familiar and ordinary as a shoe. But then Lena Duchanes arrives to stay with her uncle Macon Ravenwood, the town's shut-in, and her uniqueness is met with opposition. But Ethan feels as if he knows her, and knows they have an inexplicable connection. It's as he and Lena grow closer that Ethan discovers that Gatlin is harboring a lot of secrets, and that by getting involved with Lena, he's putting himself directly in harm's way. But it's too late to pull back...

Together, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia have pulled off an amazing, epically long and engaging novel that will engross readers from the very first chapter. Their writing style is packed with details, and straightforward, which works well with Ethan as the narrator. His voice is authentic and the change of view is a refreshing variation from the multitudes of female voices clamoring for attention in YA books today. The complex details of Casters and the power they possess is revealed slowly, along with the finer points of the curse that plagues the two main characters, but the book never drags. Stohl and Garcia are constantly revealing little tidbits of information as the book progresses, making for quite a build-up of suspense. Their plot is solid and intricate, but not confusing, and just when you think there couldn't possibly be any more revelations, the dramatic climax confronts Lena and Ethan with a whole new slew of problems. This wonderfully unique book with a rich, historic setting is perfectly conveyed to give readers shivers and hypnotize them completely. Garcia and Stohl will have readers eating out of their hands and hanging in suspense for a sequel.

Cover Comments: This cover is very, very striking! I just adore the smoky look to it, and the title treatment is gorgeous! It does an excellent job at appearing creepy and mysterious, but also modern and appealing. Excellent, excellent cover!

6 comments:

Thao said...

Great review. And great book too.

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

This one sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the review!

Anonymous said...

I ordered this book from amazon like 2 days ago! Haha, the world is funny like that. Glad it got a good review.

sharencress0309 said...

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celi.a said...

I'm definitely looking forward to this one - so many people have loved it! Can't wait to find out the answers to those mysteries you hint at...

And I agree, the cover is fabulous. Hopefully I get Beautiful Creatures for Christmas!

Lenzi said...

Read it in three days and loved it! My review is on my blog, http://www.lenzilikesit.com. ;) I love to read your reviews and have given many of my 8th graders links to your blog for great finds. Thank you for your voracious reading habit! you rock!