While surfing the Internet earlier last week I happened upon an article about Warner Brothers optioning the rights for a new book called Beautiful Creatures. Curious, I headed over to Amazon to download a sample for my Kindle. When I finished the first chapter there was no question if I was going to purchase the full version.
I don't want to rehash too many plot details, suffice to say that it's a boy meets a not-so-normal girl. They fall in love and drama ensues.
What sets this novel apart and above the run-of-the-mill entry in the genre is Garcia and Stohl's treatment of characters and place. All the characters of this novel, from the main protagonists Ethan and Lena, to those with more supporting roles, like the Sisters, were crafted with a deliberate care that gave them all a refreshing depth. For me though, the star of the show was Gatlin, the town in which the novel is set. The authors painted the fictional South Carolina town in incredibly bold and vivid brush strokes. While reading, I longed to be back there (I live in Ohio now). In my opinion there isn't a better literary setting than the South when it is done well, and it is done very well in Beautiful Creatures.
These factors really made Beautiful Creatures unputdownable (heard that term in a commercial so I had to use it) for me. My Kindle and I were inseparable for the 3 days or so that it took me to finish reading the book. I would definitely recommend it to fans of the genre and readers in general. This was a great book. One of those books that grab you fast and hard from the start and doesn't let go till the very end.
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.