Michele Hauf, Beautiful Creatures, paranormal, romance, demons, witches, werewolves, familiars, soul bringers, vampires
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
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.”
“What is the opposite of two? A lonely me and a lonely you.”
“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.
Retriever Bron Everhart had no idea that his easy “find and seize” mission would be complicated by his need to protect Kizzy Lewis who has just became a target for any other who desires the purgatory heart in this exciting paranormal romance. The Beautiful Creatures world always fascinates for me because Michele Hauf has her own creative flair that she imbues into her characters and the stories are full of intriguing creatures that I can’t get enough of. Bron and Kizzy’s story is quite different with some disturbing events that really adds a bit of a dramatic bent to the story that I sure didn’t see coming but it’s what the story calls far so it’s all good.
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I don't know what your next favorite YA series may be, but it stands to reason that it could be written by a woman. I'm not saying that it will be, but the "Big 3" of YA are all written by women (and are featured in this post). We definitely can't be ruled out or sidelined anymore in this area. That being said, there are some great series out there, here are some contenders:
That I've read:
Heard good things about:
Problematic - this is a blog about feminism in books, so while these are huge, they do present some problems in this department that need addressing
Twilight - Stephanie Meyer - it's been said, at length, that this series presents problems in the abusive relationship department. The main love interest is controlling and that is definitely a problem. What makes the problem worse is the HUGE following that came after this series that made everyone sound like they want to be in an abusive relationship such as this. No hitting takes places, but there is a lot of controlling behaviors that no one should tolerate. I get that Edward wasn't a bad guy, but he was a bad boyfriend. Bella wasn't exactly a role model either. At the same time she wasn't much worse than Matt Donovan in the next series I'm going to talk about. It's hard to be the only human among supernaturals, I'm sure, but she never once got to make a decision that he didn't have to approve and she was always usurped when he didn't approve.
The Vampire Diaries - LJ Smith - just skip the books and binge watch the CW series on Netflix. The show is one of my favorites and cleans up a lot of the problems in the books. Elena is very similar to Bella in her passionate love for her love interest. It made me gag a lot. Her friends are easily duped into doing whatever vapid thing she is interested in. Okay, so that sounds harsh and I'm not trying to shame the characters. The problem is that they were hollow characters. What should have been intersections in their problems never seemed to bother them, so we mostly gloss over the fact that Elena is an orphan in the books. The show makes up for this by allowing her to be melancholy and react to this life-changing event as if her life has changed. I've said before that maybe it's my own problem for having watched the show first. The characters in the show have depth and complexity. No one is a perpetual damsel in distress or rescuer. Even the villains are layered. These books features lots of characters and it would be great if they didn't fit so well into those old, worn stereotypes. Also, the show may still be on television, but the books are from the 1990's. I don't remember if these stereotypes had quite hit trope level, but it's just a pass. Don't even bother, not in this day and age. You'll just be disappointed.