Predictable Story with a Top Notch Audiobook Production

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Beautiful Creatures
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.

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Predictable Story with a Top Notch Audiobook Production

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

Author: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Narrator: Kevin T. Collins
Published on: December 1, 2009
Pages: 563
Length: 17 hours, 38 minutes
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
Genres: young adult, paranormal
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

About Kami Garcia

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times & USA Today bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels & the Dangerous Creatures novels, and the author of the instant New York Times bestseller & Bram Stoker Award nominated novels UNBREAKABLE & UNMARKED in the Legion Series. Her contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4th (Imprint/Macmillan).

Kami grew up outside of Washington DC, wore lots of black, and spent hours writing poetry in spiral notebooks. When Kami isn't writing, she lives to bake, watch bad disaster movies, and listen to Soundgarden. She lives in Maryland with her husband, son, daughter, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

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About Margaret Stohl

Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times, PW, USA Today, LA Times and Internationally bestselling co-author of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES NOVELS (Fall 2009-2012) and author of THE ICONS SERIES (Spring, 2013.)



2 responses to “Predictable Story with a Top Notch Audiobook Production

  1. Do you think you’ll read the next books? I mean, I don’t advise it or anything, just curious 😉 Whatever you do, don’t watch the movie. Movie Ethan makes me twitch- he’s even more annoying than Book Ethan. I liked the atmosphere of the book, but if I read it now (I read it many moons ago haha) I think I might have DNFed it- or at least given it a significantly lower rating, and probably not continued. Fabulous review, glad that the audio format worked so well!

    • Probably not, Shannon. I believe there are probably stronger books in this genre (ya paranormal) that are stronger and more compelling reads. Perhaps if the explanation of the powers would have been better, I could see a point of continuing.