by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Creatures reminded me a bit of a darker, young adult version of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Taking place in what could be considered the deep south (Gatlin, SC) strange things start to happen with Lena arrives into town and Ethan falls almost instantly in love.
What I found most surprising about the book was that it was told from Ethan’s point of view. I assumed it was told from the girl’s point of view. Stupid assumption on my part and I missed all the press about this novel and its subsequent trip to theatres (don’t ask me how!). So I knew nothing going in. So I did find that to be refreshing to a point. The story still follows the typical tropes about falling in forbidden love faster than a you can blink. And there all the bits about Caster powers, which I still don’t completely understand, but I didn’t keep listening for those reasons anyway.
I kept listening because the audio production did such a good job at setting the mood and place. Kevin T. Collins had the perfect husky voice, there were sound effects when it would rain and storm and there was music. I didn’t care in the end what happened to Ethan and Lena (that final battle was a mess, I still don’t understand what the heck happened), I just wanted to stay in that gothic Southern setting with old rotting plantations and hotter than hell summers. I could see myself sitting on the porch sipping fresh lemonade with Amma and Mason, my two favorite characters.
While the story was predictable and the main characters, Ethan & Lena, fell flat for me. I have to give the audiobook production a solid thumbs up. It kept me engaged with goosebumps from time to time and even though Ethan saw Gatlin as a dead end, I want to visit to have some of Amma’s home cooking and to visit the Marian at the library.
The Quick Book Review
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)Author: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Narrator: Kevin T. Collins
Published on: December 1, 2009
Length: 17 hours, 38 minutes
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
Genres: young adult, paranormal
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My Rating: Thumbs Up