Book Review: Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia and Magaret Stohl)


Book: 74/100

Ethan Wate lives in Gatlin, South-Carolina. He dislikes the small town and wishes to move away from its narrow-minded townspeople. He lives with his recluse of a father, Mitchel, and their housekeeper Amma who is like a grandmother to Ethan.

Ethan has recurring dreams of a girl but doesn’t know who she is and always seems to lose her. he doesn’t tell anyone that he has fallen in love with her. When the girl he has been dreaming about shows up at his school, he is elated. His friends, however, don’t like her at all. Lena Duchannes is strange by many people’s standards and definitely by the closed and conservative community of Gatlin.

Ethan and Lena starts to grow close despite her strange family and Amma warning him to steer clear. She tells him her secret one day – that she is a Caster (witches) and that her family carries a curse: that they have no choice whether they become good or bad, and that it has already been decided.

Ethan and Lena’s relationship becomes more complicated when they have visions of their two ancestors who also fell in love. They realize that Lena’s ancestor did very dark magic to bring back Ethan’s forefather from the dead, and that is the reason her entire family has no rights in choosing their path in life.

The two realize if they can find the Book of Moons, the book that contains the ancient curse that bounds Lena, they can perhaps set her free of the curse.

As events unravel, the two rushes to find the spell that will break the curse. Will they be in time? Which side will be chosen for Lena and will she remember Ethan afterwards?

Rating: 4/10

No. Just no. I saw the series in the shops and thought it would be a good idea to try out, but I can now admit it was a big mistake and I will never attempt it again. The book itself is fairly well written. The two authors obviously has some idea how to write, it is just a pity that this is the best work they could have produced between the two of them.

Firstly, there are too many additional plotlines and info and changed theories to fully work. Witches are fine, do that. Just don’t bring witches and vampires (who feeds on effing dreams), and ancient history and tens of millions of types of each mythical being you can into the story. There is no proper explanation of anything – just a brief mention then continuing with the story, expecting the reader to keep up. That is especially strange since the target market for these books are teens. So yes, confuse their brains more and more.

Thoroughly not recommended.

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