Beautiful Creatures (The Caster Chronicles #1)
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
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.
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.
A guilty pleasure!
I must admit I watched the movie first... it wasn't my intention though... but it was the only one available on the plane lol
Anyway, this book has been on my TBR list for a while and I decided to give it a shot.
"There were no surprises in Gatlin County. We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere"
The truth is I wasn't dissapointed. I loved it!
It's definitely much better than the movie but ... aren't they always?
The only problem of watching the movie before reading the book is that I kept imagining the characters in the way the actors look hehe.
It is YA, it is not the brightest piece ever written but it kept me glued to the pages and that is absolutely worthy of 5 stars.
I liked the fact that it was told from Ethan's POV, yay! a male POV for a change!
"Great. It wasn't enough to dream real girls and hear imaginary songs. Now I had to hear voices, too."
Ethan is funny, caring and loyal. I liked him, not in the way I liked Kaidan Rowe (Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins). Nope. He is not the typical sexy guy you fall in love with, he is just Ethan. His devotion to Lena and the way he tries to protect her all the time is so sweet.
Lena is smart, introverted but at the same time, she says what she wants to say. Sometimes she is beyond whiny and such a baby, meaning she keeps trying to push everyone away because "she is going dark" ooooooh, it would have been more intelligent to enjoy the time she had... but then again... where would the plot end up if she was perfect, right?
Link is super funny, and yes, there is a part where you just want to slap him, but he kept me entertained.
Though, after all I said, my absolute favorite character was Macon Ravenwood, Lena's uncle. He is mysterious and even though he may sound a little creepy at some specific moments, he just wants to protect Lena. Btw, I would so love to have a house like his! hehe.
I almost forget about Marianne! She is great too! :)
Regarding the plot, the idea of casters and the way they are claimed is interesting. There was an epic turn at the end that changed everything I was learning about it but I liked it!
I am officially a fan. hehe.
If you haven't read it yet, give it a try.
I hope you guys liked it!