Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Paranormal Young Adult
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'm giving it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars and this is why:
Beautiful Creatures is a young adult fantasy novel about a sweet boy named Ethan who wants nothing more than to graduate high school and leave his small town life far behind.

But then a new girl named Lena moves to town and life gets much more interesting for Ethan.

They are drawn together despite their differences. Lena lives with her uncle who is the creepiest man in town and she drives his hearse. She is an immediate outcast despite her beauty. Her family is full of secrets. Ethan loves to read but is also very much a jock and does what he must to fit in. He cannot resist Lena and she cannot resist him. They can read each other’s thoughts and soon they are in deeply in love and enmeshed in a battle to save Lena from turning “dark” on her 16th birthday.

So there’s the gist. It’s not bad and it’s not horrible but it sure is far too long. At least 100 pages too long. I mostly enjoyed it but I have to admit that I absolutely did not find the psychic link between them romantic in any way. But I’m not 16 either. Honestly, though, would you want a love interest in your head, privy to your every thought? What if he wears some doofy hat to school and you don’t know how to tell him? Damn, guess you just did! What if he’s a bad kisser and you couldn’t shield your thoughts in time? Probably I’m just an awful person but I think I’d spend most of my day wanting to fall off the planet.

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So, if you have many hours to spare while you’re doing dishes, supposed to be working or stuck in the car and you want to read about a boy who may or may not be too good to be true (Ethan takes his three aging aunties to church EVERY Saturday - he is such a good boy) you may want to check this thing out out in audio. The production, eerie music and the narration are fabulous, even if the story may not have been.

You can buy it @ Amazon or wherever you can still find books!


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