October 24, 2010

Review : Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title : Beautiful Creatures
Author : Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Reading Dates : 10 Sep - 12 Sep 2010
Beautiful Creatures
Caster Chronicles
The books in the series so far:
From 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.

Book Review of Beautiful Creatures.
My initial disappointment was because I had rather unreasonable expectations after all I’d heard about the book. However once I let go of my expectations, I found myself enjoying it.

The first thing I liked about the story was how Ethan and Lena’s relationship progress. Their dreams might have drawn them together but it is the time they spend together talking and trying to understand each other which matters. This is infinitely better than if they’d just ended up together because it was fated. Being fated might sound romantic but having to build a relationship is much more difficult.

Another aspect I liked and found amusing was when Ethan learns how closely linked the Caster and Mortal worlds are. Finding out the things he does with Lena, he has a lot of his misconceptions shattered. Even the ones he initially forms regarding the identities of Mortals who are aware of the Casters.

Still the best part for me was that both main protagonists are very strong people. They both play their parts to save and support each other. Lena’s Caster powers aren’t just for show and Ethan is the one constantly keeping up Lena’s spirits. There’s nothing more annoying than having the characters not live up to their potential.

The only grouse I have with the book is regarding the identities of the main antagonist and traitor in their midst. I really don’t understand why Lena and Ethan’s self appointed protectors had such a hard time finding Evangeline. I figured it out almost as soon as she made her first personal appearance. As for the traitor, I got that too without the big revelation. The only suspenseful part was how Lena would overcome her family curse.

My conclusion : One of my choices for a re-read when looking for a light read.

I won this book from Books Love Me!.


  1. Nice honest review! I really love Ethan :) I thought the second book was better than the first.

  2. Great review! Like you, I thoroughly enjoyed how Ethan found out just how intertwined the mortal world and the caster world are. The setting of this book alone is amazing. When I read it, it didn't feel like I was reading about Gatlin- I was in Gatlin. The authors do such an amazing job with their descriptions and imagery- so lush and rich!

    Here on the CEP.


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