Monday, February 11, 2013

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Release Date: December 1, 2009
from Little Brown and Company
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"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."

My Thoughts:

Sometimes I am a dummy and wait a really long time to read some really awesome books. This is a prime example of that! For whatever reason I kept skipping over this series; something always seemed to keep from picking it up. But then I saw that the movie was coming out and that pretty much forced me to pick it up since I refuse to see a movie without first reading the book. So back to the actual review, Beautiful Creatures was a lovely read. Yes, I know there are a lot of mixed reviews for this one, but this is the kind of book that really isn’t for everyone.

Let me start off by saying this: Yes Beautiful Creatures is a slow read and this is why the book is not for everyone. It is not action packed with a constantly moving plot. The story is unraveled slowly and the mystery is solved piece by piece. You don’t have an “a-ha” moment in the middle of the book because it takes a while to get all the information you need and you don’t have every piece of information until the moment the authors want you to have it. This is why I had a hard time figuring out the plot and I loved that! Especially because, as readers, it is sometimes easy to pinpoint where the plot is going. I loved the slow buildup and I loved watching the relationship between Lena and Ethan start as attraction and grow into more. 

Speaking of Ethan, I really enjoyed that Beautiful Creatures is told from his point of view. Guy POV’s are so few and far between that it is always refreshing to read one. Also, he does not feel forced, he is believable as a guy. He does guy things and thinks the way you would expect a guy to. He is also likable, which is always a plus.

Lena is another good character. I really loved that the girl was the paranormal one for a change. That the girl wasn’t some helpless girl swooning after the mysterious and paranormal guy. Nope this girl is the all powerful dangerous one! This time it is the guy who needs saving from her world.

I don’t read many witch books, and I know they aren’t witches per say, but this is the best way I can think to describe them to someone who has not read the book. This is probably another reason I enjoyed the book so much, because it was simply different for me. It was a change of pace and one that I really enjoyed. I liked this whole twist on magic with Casters and the push and pull between light and dark. It is also a good parallel for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t have a choice, because it seems as if Lena doesn’t have a choice either.

All in all, Beautiful Creatures is a great read. It is mysterious, dark, and romantic all at the same time. It is a slow buildup but still incredibly addictive in a very weird way. I have a hard time describing it, but I just could not put it down. If you are looking for a different paranormal read, this is it.


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, my sweet!
    For me, it just didn't hold my attention, actually I think I put it down about three chapters from the end. I just couldn't keep going, but I'm like a child with ADHD when I read, it can't be too slow to build or I'll start eating the curtains! Wait, maybe that's goats?! :p

    I know what you mean about not watching the movie before you read the book! Once the movie has singed itself into my retinas, the book is dead to me! ;)
    Great review, honey!

  2. I agree, slow but great. I enjoyed reading from Ethan's pov, he offers so much to story.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. Eeeeeep! I've been waiting for this review! It was worth the wait too, because you nailed it! Exactly my thoughts on this book as well as the entire series. I really love it, but it is a book to take your time with. Ethan is such a great character, but I love that the authors give us so many characters to love and enjoy! Truly awesome review, dahhhling! ;)

    1. This book is very special to me because it was our bonding book lol seriously what did I do with my life before I rambled about everything to you...

    2. It's the book that brought us together!! This one and Soul Screamers will always be special 'cause they gave me a YOU!! *squishy hugs*

  4. I have the first three books in the series, and still haven't read them. I was hoping to read BC before the movie, but.... That's not gonna happen. I'm glad you mentioned it's a slow story. I didn't know that, and know I can be prepared.
    Great review !

  5. Love your review! I read this so long ago, but really liked it. I agree, it's a slow read and not everyone will like it. You know I love those male POVs! Can't wait to see the movie and I hope they do it justice!

    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

    1. I'm excited and nervous for the movie. I tend to nitpick when they make a book a movie lol

  6. Oh gosh, I'm exactly like you. For some reason, there is just something about this that keeps stopping me from picking it up. And I like my guys to be the paranormal ones, but I am honestly re-thinking that, and want to experience change. I think this book would be perfect. The characters sound great and I am very curious to see a guy's POV. Very interesting! :) Hopefully, I'll come around to it, soon!

    Fabulous review, Teresa! :) (Should I read the book first before watching the movie???)

    ~ Maida

    1. Yea I'm really glad I picked it up, it was a nice change of pace. It slow, but addictive. I will answer your question after I see th movie this weekend lol

  7. Great review! I loved Beautiful Creatures too because it's a different kind of paranormal story. It's definitely a slow pace read and my sister is currently reading it right now and that is all she complains about. I enjoyed it though but that may be because I took it with me on a vacation a few years ago and read it while on the beach every day. :) I hope you enjoy the next books in the series as well as the movie! I'm really excited about seeing that this week!

    1. Yea with this book though I just thought the slow pace worked. I'm so excited for the movie!


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