Description: 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. -Amazon
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Release date: December 1, 2009
Publisher: Little Brown
Source: My personal copy
Reading level: Young Adult
Teaser Sentence(s): 'If he only knew. Thanksgiving break had only been a long weekend, but it felt a lot longer, considering that Twilight Zone of a Thanksgiving dinner, the vases flying between Macon and Lena, and our journey to the center of the earth, all without leaving the Gatlin city limits.'
My thoughts: This book really wasn't bad. I have seen lots of bad reviews for Beautiful Creatures, and I don't really get why? I was never bored with the reading. I guess everyone just has different taste.
I loved that this was written from the guys point-of-view. It was nice to not be stuck in the whiny mind of a teen-aged girl. Although, I would like to hope Lena wouldn't be the norm. I really liked Ethan and Lena. I read somewhere that Ethan was not relatable. I had no problems with any of the characters in this book.
Some of the southern grammar in Beautiful Creature may throw some readers off, but being from Mississippi I had no problem reading the Southern dialect.
I would recommend this book. It's a good, dark read.