Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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.

I ended up really liking Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. It seemed to take me forever to get into this story. I was half way through before I got hooked and then I didn’t want to put it down – thus I was up until 3 am finishing.

This book has fantasy, romance and some history woven together to create a unique plot and mythology. I liked having a book written from the male perspective for a change since most in this genre are written from the female perspective.

“Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures.”

I’ll definitely read the sequel Beautiful Darkness when it comes out in October.

Content: There is mild language throughout the book and some innuendo but nothing graphic. Since it’s paranormal there is talk of light and dark Casters, cursings, spells, claimings, etc. Although I can’t classify this as a clean read it a book I would let a 16+ year old read.

Rating: Despite the slow beginning I was hooked by the end so 4 Stars.