Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Posted on 02/28/2013 in Book Review / 9 Comments

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret StohlBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
Published by Little Brown and Company on 12/1/2009
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 563
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

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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.

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In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

I was sitting in the movie theater opening day for Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 and the first trailer I saw was Beautiful Creatures.  Before the trailer was even over, I was logging into Goodreads (one of my favorite apps on my phone) and adding The Caster Chronicle series to my “to read” list.   Then I made a mental note to read the book before the movie comes out.

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Sixteen moons, Sixteen years,\r\nSixteen of your deepest fears,\r\nSixteen times you dreamed my tears,\r\nFalling, falling through the years.

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Beautiful Creatures is about a teenage romance that is doomed from day one!  Lena and Ethan are two star crossed lovers from two different houses that no one wants to see together.  Reminds me so much of Romeo and Juliet / Edward and Bella (except that Edward is Lena to Ethan is Bella), that these two never seem to catch a break.  It is one tragic mystery revealed through the whole book.  Yawn.   Honestly, the book held just enough interest for me to finish all four books just so I could see the movie because I just KNEW the movie was going to be so epic.

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There are three things I loved about the book.  One of the things is the detail of the location of each scene in the book.  The authors give you just enough descriptions and enough mystery that your imagination just runs wild.  I could see the old plantations of the south, I could imagine the swamps, I could hear the southern accents and my mouth watered over the southern food.  Another thing I liked was the banter between the high school teenagers.   The authors gave the characters a nice witty intelligence that almost makes you forget you are listening to a bunch of idiot teenagers (come on, we all have read a book that the author tried to sound like a teenager and all it did was make you want to throw up).  The best part was the character’s themselves.  Watching the supporting characters grow was the best part for me and kept me giggling through all the books.

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This is not a book series I would run out to tell all my friends to go read.  But if someone asked “Hey, have you read this book?”  My response (depending on the person and the types of books they read) would be “Yeah, they were OK.  I wouldn’t run out to buy the book but if you could ever get a free copy, sure, why not?! You might like it.”

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“No, I’m too busy trying to deflect your Power of Stupidity. But I don’t think I’m strong enough.”

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Stay tuned for my Beautiful Creatures movie review on Saturday!

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The earliest movie Kristina can remember watching is “The Neverending Story”. It was all downhill from there. She then watched any movie she could from old black-n-white, classic musicals to the current movies coming out. While other kids were outside playing, Kristina could be found watching movies over and over and over again, experiencing new things each time she watched them, memorizing lines and acting out the scenes. She loves everything about them from the directing, set & costume design, acting and foundtrack/film score. Her favorite genres are B-movies, British films and other foreign films.

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9 responses to “Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

  1. Amy @ bookgoonie

    I totally agree with your assessment. I really enjoyed all the elements & how they tie into the overall book. But I recognize that it isn’t a fave of all time & it isn’t for everyone. Hope you enjoy the movie. I did, but I also had a 2 year separation from the book.

  2. thegeekyblogger

    I tried to read this one and it just didn’t work for me. I did see elements that were nice but I think your assessment is dead on!

  3. Jen

    I was eh on the book too. I checked it out from the library and if I read the rest that’s how I’m going to do it. It’s not a need to buy one.

  4. T. Darling

    For some reason this series just didn’t pique my interest the way other YA/Romance/Paranormal/Boy-Meets-Girl-Meets-Vampire-Meets-Zombie series have. After this review, I think I’ll pass now for sure.\nThe thing that really got my attention was the fact that this was written by Kriss, the movie diva extraordinaire! Congrats on your first book review, may there be many more!

  5. I enjoyed the book ages ago, but I feel like I’ve changed as a reader since then. With so many more books under my belt, I’m not sure I would enjoy as much if I started it now. I agree with you, I love the setting and the wit and the characters, but it certainly isn’t mind blowing. 🙂 Great review!

  6. Pabkins

    Yeah I wasn’t impressed by the blurb on this one and seriously don’t want to read anything that would remind you of twilight since I was. Seriously not impressed with .

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