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review 2018-10-10 17:31
Review: Beautiful Creatures
Beautiful Creatures - Margaret Stohl,Kami Garcia

I saw the movie years ago and when I learned it was based on a book, I immediately ordered the series... And then it sat on my shelf for years.  [I really need to stop buying books and read the ones I own.

 

Anyway, I pulled this out for Halloween Bingo as my "Southern Gothic" square.  And man you don't get any more southern than the town of Gatlin.  They are hardcore confederates who hate anything that deals with superstition (even though they all frequent the local card reader) they hate outsiders, or anyone who isn't exactly like them.

 

Poor Lena never stood a chance when she came to live with her uncle Macon, the patriarch of the Ravenwood family and a recluse.  If not for the Ravenwood family, the town wouldn't even exist, but that doesn't stop the townsfolk for hating them for being different.  And they are different.  They are a family of casters who were cursed when one of their ancestors made a bargain with a book of magic.  In other caster families each child can chose the light or the dark when they come of age.  But because of the curse, the children of this family have no choice, the book chooses.  Lena is close to coming of age, she's a powerful caster, and there is a worry that she will go dark.

 

This was an interesting story as told from the point of view of Ethan, who falls in love with Lena and gets caught up in her complicated world.  He is a son of Gatlin, but he's not really like them.  And he goes against the grain to be with Lena.  

 

The story was well written and kept my attention.  I'm interested in seeing where the rest of the series goes.

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text 2018-10-04 20:03
Reading progress update: I've read 78 out of 563 pages.
Beautiful Creatures - Margaret Stohl,Kami Garcia

Both cool and creepy, I share a birthday with one of the protagonists, Lena.

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text 2016-07-19 23:17
Ooh...pretty, pretty.
Beautiful Creatures: Grayscale Coloring Book - Nicole Stöcker
Beautiful Nature: A Grayscale Adult Coloring Book of Flowers, Plants & Landscapes - Nicole Stöcker
Art of Coloring: Disney Animals - Disney Editions
The Inspired Room Coloring Book: Creative Spaces to Decorate as You Dream - Melissa Mchaels
Creative Haven Zenscapes Coloring Book (Adult Coloring) - Jessica Mazurkiewicz,Creative Haven
Creative Haven Floral Frenzy Coloring Book (Adult Coloring) - Miryam Adatto
Creative Haven Dream Doodles: A Coloring Book with a Hidden Picture Twist (Creative Haven Coloring Books) - Kathleen G Ahrens
Color Me Stress-Free: 100 Coloring Templates to Unplug and Unwind (A Zen Coloring Book) - Lacy Mucklow,Angela Porter
Vive Le Color! Japan (Adult Coloring Book): Color In: De-Stress (72 Tear-Out Pages) - Abrams Noterie,Original French Edition by Marabout
Good Vibes Coloring Book (Coloring Is Fun) - Thaneeya McArdle

Oh these do look pretty.

 

Publisher Huelish has videos and more look look insides for theirs at http://www.huelish.com/beautiful-creatures.html and http://www.huelish.com/beautiful-nature.html .

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review 2016-04-25 10:00
New Release Spotlight & Review: Her Werewolf Hero (Harlequin Nocturne) by Michele Hauf

 

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review 2016-04-22 16:48
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia,Margaret Stohl

  

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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 though

 

I been meaning to read this book for a while now, but never got it until now. Overall I really enjoyed this book, I liked that it is a bit darker than most YA book. It is very compelling and keeps you clued to the book from page one. The world and building was very well written, both the present and the flashback episodes that occur in the book. Though, sometime it was a bit confusing going back and forth at least the first few chapters. I enjoyed both Ethan and Lena characters, that were well build and rather likeable. I liked how the friendship formed and how that he stuck up for her and being there for her when no one else was. There were lots of twists in the story, which I enjoyed a lot. But also on the other hand there was a lot going on in this book and sometimes even a bit too much. But yet not overwhelming. Overall, I really liked the book and looking forward to getting to the next book. I rate it 4★

 

Some of my favorite quotes

 

“I'm just the librarian. I can only give you the books. I can't give you the answers.”

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“What is the opposite of two? A lonely me and a lonely you.”

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“Are you insinuatin' that my daughter is a liar?" "Oh, no, not at all. I'm saying your daughter is a liar. Surely you can appreciate the difference.

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