Thursday, November 11, 2010

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate lives in the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina.  He's part of the "in" crowd at school but he yearns for more.  When he starts having dreams about a mysterious girl he wonders who she could be.  But life gets weird when Lena Duchannes, a girl who is decidedly "out", comes to town.  It's weird because Lena is the girl in his dreams.  Ethan is immediately drawn to Lena but she tries to keep her distance - and Lena isn't the only one who wants Ethan to stay away.  The whole town is against them, including Ethan's grandmother Amma and the uncle that Lena is staying with, Macon Ravenwood.  Lena can't stay away forever though and little by little she reveals her secrets to Ethan, who almost can't believe what he's hearing except that everything she says is coming true.  They are very quickly thrust into a race against time and if they don't make it they could both be destroyed.  And since Ethan finally found the girl of his dreams he's not about to let go without a fight.

I'm not sure where I heard about this book.  I think it might have been one of those Facebook ads.  It had a little snippet on the ad and I had to know more.  So I clicked the link and the minute I was on the website I knew I HAD to read the book.  So I requested it from the library and as soon as it was in my hands I dove right in.

What I love about this book is that it's from Ethan's perspective.  So often in YA books it's from the female perspective and while that can be great this was a difference I really enjoyed.  This book has something for everyone - a little history (although keep in mind it's Southern history, hehe), star-crossed lovers, a race against time with some supernatural thrown in for good measure.  The characters are fun and eccentric and the story itself is written so well.  When I wasn't reading this book I was thinking about it.  And when I was reading it it was almost as if I was racing towards the end with Ethan and Lena.  I had had HAD to know what was going to happen!  And the minute I closed the book all I could think was "Oh my gosh, I need to get my hands on the next book!"

I can't gush about this book enough.  Truly it is probably my favorite this year.  So my suggestion to each of you is GO READ IT.  And my suggestion to myself is that I need to scrape together some money so I can buy myself a copy.  Because this book is most certainly a re-read.

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33 wonderful thoughts:

Diana Mieczan

That really sounds great! I really like books that you cant put down and you keep on thinking about:) Hugs and kisses,sweetie

Signe

It sounds very exiting! I am soon done with the last book of the series I am currently reding so might pick up this next :)

The Favour Shoppe

Sounds really cool! Must check it out! Thanks!

jeanette from everton terrace

I love reading books that are part of a series. I would never have looked twice at this book but am putting on my list now, will check out my library today.

Dancing Branflake

You've got me so intrigued! Now I totally want to read it and since you recommend it I know it's good. Yay for books!

Jessica

Oooh, I think this will be my next Kindle download. ;)

Smart Ass Sara

I promise you that I will read this. :)

Cafe Fashionista

Okay, so I am definitely checking this book out ASAP! Great review, Krysten!! :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Favorite of the year - ooh hope they have it at the libraries here!

~Jaime~

I read this a few months ago and also loved it!

Jude

Ooh, you've got me so intrigued - I do still enjoy reading the good YA book here and there. Thanks for another awesome recommendation! :)

Teenage Bride

I swear Krysten you should get paid for your reviews ... they are always so enticing!

Kristin

You gotta love a re-read. I still haven't read anything since that Tori book. SO bad!

Audrey Allure

Sounds interesting!

la petite coquine

What a high compliment from you-I absolutely must check this out!

Amber Blue Bird

going to check it out now!

The Blonde Duck

I'm glad you recommended it! I've been eyeing it for awhile!

Nikki

Wait... what do you mean by "out"? I thought they were hooking up!?

Leeann @ Join the Gossip

I'll add it to my list - thanks :)

prettylittlereckless

If there were a reading contest, you would win hands down, because you read SO MUCH! Love the reviews though! I have a hard time picking out books sometimes. I'm fast reader, but sometimes it's not the first on my list of things to do. Well... the Twilight books got my attention pretty good ;)

I'll have to check this out!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

The cover is soo cool! Love the purple and font.

Panda

oooh sounds like a good book! i am looking for something new to read

Claire

oooo you make this book sound irrisistable!!
You aren't doing my tbr pile any favours!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely

I need to get re hooked to my reading routine, lately I seem to be distracted and cant get to love any of the books I start! How is that possible?!

Liz

Woohoo! I've been looking for something new to read so maybe this will be it :)

kelli g. { bug miscellany }

i love your book reviews!!

Terin

I'm excited that he's from a town in South Carolina! (my home state) It sounds like a really good book. I'm going to look for it on my Kindle!

Brittany

I need to request this pronto! looks like a great read! Thanks for passing it on :)

Lucie

Sounds like such a fun book!

x

the "L" spot

You make me feel guilty for not reading more!! I'm jealous!

hip hip gin gin

Well you have me totally intrigued by this book, adding it to the list now!!

Josie

This is quite the recommendation, my dear! I'll have to check it out over Thanksgiving when I have a bit more time for reading.
xo Josie
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Panduh

At first, I mainly want to read this only because I'm from South Carolina, but after reading what you wrote about it, it seems like a story I would really be interested in and I may pick this up after I finish my current read. [=