Friday, December 18, 2009

Delicious Reading - Beautiful Creatures

Some loves are meant to be...

others are cursed.

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.

At least, that's what I thought.

Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.

There was a curse.

There was a girl.

And in the end, there was a grave.

Words, alone, cannot effectively express the LOVE I feel for this book. For this one, I definitely need more than words. Maybe words, mixed with a myriad of blissfully, excited facial expressions, with lots and lots of exaggerated hand movements thrown in, may paint a clearer picture. But, then again, I'm not so sure that would even suffice in capturing the intense feelings I harbor for this book.

Beautiful Creatures is a must read for 2009! Possibly for 2010 and 2011, too! It is one of those books you want to snuggle on the couch with and read its entire contents, start to finish (yes, all 567 pages) in one sitting. It's almost as if the pages themselves have been laced with some sort of happy drug, which successfully pulls you out of this world and transports you straight into the beautifully written pages this novel holds. I'm constantly searching for books like Beautiful Creatures--novels that are so yummy and delicious that you have to restrain yourself from devouring, at once-- and I'm so happy I just happened to stumble across this masterfully written, epic novel. Lucky me!

The two main characters, Lena and Ethan, seem like real people. Almost as if, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, plucked two unsuspecting teenagers from a nearby high school and inserted them into this wonderfully captivating story. What's so fascinating about these two characters is the fact that they're so real, yet so different from anyone else, at the same time. (Pure genius, I tell you!)

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 with 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.

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

Authors Kami Garica and Margaret Stohl successfully weave this magical (in every sense of the word) story about Ethan, your typical high school boy, who wants nothing more than to leave his small home town of Gatlin, and an anything BUT normal girl, Lena, who craves the normalcy that so many take for granted--Ethan included.

Along with the sweet love story, which slowly buds from friendship and beyond, there is a little bit of everything: high school drama, heart ache, acceptance, dysfunctional families (coming from both sides), a little bit of history (for all of those history buffs out there), and mystery at every turn and twist in this blissfully original plot that leaves you salivating and constantly wanting MORE, MORE, MORE!

There is no doubt in my mind that readers will snatch this book up, instantaneously, and completely devour this delicious read. Actually, I encourage this behavior because it is just that good!

Beautiful Creatures is ultimately addictive--hence the drugs--so I strongly recommend [imagine me screaming from the roof tops] for you to pick up your copy...NOW!

Not tomorrow. RIGHT. NOW!

In the mean time, I'll be here, sitting on my couch, drooling over Beautiful Creatures, anxiously awaiting the next installment of this five part series.

I give this book a rating of 100 out of a possible 10!
(Yes, I said 100. That's no typo.)

Beautiful Creatures is the debut novel for both authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and they succeeded in debuting at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

What's even more exciting is that Beautiful Creatures' movie rights have already been optioned out to Warner Brothers. So, it looks like that we can expect to see Beautiful Creatures on the big screen in the near future. YAY!!!

I hope everyone has a FANTASTIC WEEKEND!!!


  1. Oh, this looks good! And you're reading Fallen? Tell me you love it because I did!

  2. This book is awesome!!! Also, I just started reading Fallen and I've only gotten about 2 chapters in and I'm loving it! The paper airplanes I found particularly amusing. : )

    Hope you have a good weekend!

  3. I'm DYING to read this book!!! Literally can't wait. I need to go get it this weekend!

  4. Wow. Sounds great! I've got this one on my Christmas list, along with Fallen. Can't wait!

  5. Lisa and Laura - Yes. You need to get it immediately. It's a fantastic read. I hope you love it as much as I do!

    Kristin - Beautiful Creatures is great and Fallen, well, it looks very promising, too. I just started it the other day and I'm already lovin' it!

    Is it crazy that I'm so excited for you guys to read that book? : )

  6. Great Review! I'm seriously going out to buy this one this afternoon for both myself and another copy for my sister! (My sister's the one that got me hooked on twilight so I've been looking for a way to show my appreciation)!!!

    Thanks for the review!

    Have a happy weekend!

  7. Kristi - I'm so happy you liked my review. And, I'm even happier because it made you want to read this book. : )

    I love Twilight (that's no secret) and I'm almost positive that if you love Twilight then you will love this book, too! It's so good and kind of similar to Twilight, but completely different at the same time. Does that make sense to anyone else besides me? LOL.

    I hope you love it and I'm sure after you sister reads this one she will have to find some way to show you her appreciation for the awesomness that is: Beautiful Creatures!

    Have a great weekend!!!

  8. I'm officially dying to read this story now!!! Thank you for your recommendation. I'll be sure to check it out!

  9. I'm so glad! It's such a GREAT story! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. : )