Rating: *** Suggested Age: 12
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
The beginning of Beautiful Creatures was pretty hard to get into, but that might have been partially because I had just finished Lady Midnight and was suffering from what is called a “book hangover”. I also think that Beautiful Creatures just wasn’t compelling to me, though. I got into it towards the end and read it almost every second I had at school (when I wasn’t doing work, of course), but it took a while to get there. I found Ethan completely unlikeable and was totally disappointed that Lena wasn’t the narrator. I loved Lena. She is very artsy and I want a bedroom like hers with poetry written on the walls in Sharpie. I want to dress like her because I find her fashion very, very cool, despite the hatred she gets for it in school. I truly felt bad for her character and how bullied she was for being “different” (but she was pretty different…).
The plot was actually really good, but I didn’t like the execution of it all that much. I needed less of a history lesson and more fantasy. I was extremely bored when I read through the flashbacks that took place during the Civil War. When I got close to the ending (maybe one-hundred pages left?), the plot became much more interesting. For a while, I didn’t want to read the next book, but now I think I want to. I’m curious to see more of Lena and what will end up happening to her. This is especially since it ended with a CLIFFHANGER. A cliffhanger. For goodness sakes, I just finished reading Lady Midnight, and now I’m faced with another one. These authors just don’t stop, do they?
This book does bear some resemblance to Twilight, but I liked Twilight a lot more while Beautiful Creatures was written better. If you’re a fan of paranormal romance and enjoy learning about the Civil War, you should try Beautiful Creatures.