Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

5 Aug

Series: Caster Chronicles, book #1

Published: December 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Details: Hardcover, 563 pages

My rating: 2.5/5

My summary:

Tale of a human boy who meets a caster girl and falls in love. Even though well written, and funny and quirky at times (with great secondary characters), it was way too slow. And I didn’t feel the love between the main characters Ethan and Lena. I’m sorry to say it all fell flat for me and I won’t be continuing the series.

See my full review here:

Synopsis:

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.

My thoughts:

So I jumped on the bandwagon and got myself a copy of Beautiful Creatures, which was proclaimed to be the next Twilight.

I was hoping for another love story with paranormal elements that would blow me away. I’m sad to say that I wasn’t.  I did however like the book. It wasn’t bad, but  it was no page-turner either. In fact, I had no problem at all leaving it for a few weeks midway through, to read a couple of other books in between. Never a good sign.

The main flaw for me was that the love story did not feel real. The narrator Ethan keeps telling us how much in love he is with Lena, but I just didn’t believe it. It felt more to me that they came together because destiny had decided that. It was almost as if they didn’t really have any choice, and kind of just went along with it.

Maybe more room was needed for the romance to blossom into something real? As it was now, almost as soon as they met, weird stuff started happening and the story pretty much turned into solving the mystery of Lena’s curse, rather than of them falling in love. I don’t know, I’m just guessing here why the love story fell flat for me.

I also found the book too slow. The background of the curse of Lena’s sixteenth birthday is explained somewhere midway through the book. Then the seemingly endless wait for her birthday begins, and this wait essentially continues until the final pages. Not much happens in between – apart from lots of worrying and a fruitless search for a cure to Lena’s curse.

What I did like about the book though was the descriptions of the small town surroundings. The narrator’s voice is very likable as he describes all the people around him. The secondary characters are vivid and charming personalities and I found myself chuckle out loud quite a few times. So in that sense, I liked it, as it’s well written and witty.

But despite that, it is nowhere near comparable to Twilight. It’s definitely not as addictive, and I didn’t buy the romance. I enjoyed some parts of the book though, and some of the secondary characters, but not so much that I will continue the series.

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8 Responses to “Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl”

  1. jenika May 24, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    uhm… your review actually made me curious to read this book… I’ll look for it and give it a try… I’ll let you know my thoughts about it!

    • tess May 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

      Great! Do read it! I think I was disappointed at the time because I was expecting “the next Twlight” but really, it was an okay book. I wasn’t hooked by the romance though, will be interesting to hear what you say about that!

  2. jenika June 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    I am reading the book but veeery slowly… a few things are interesting (like the flashbacks to the past linked to the magic locket… what really happened?) but after I fell down asleep 3 times in a row while reading it I’ll probably leave it for a while and try to read some different book. i’ll probably go back to it in the future.
    😦

    • tess June 29, 2011 at 9:09 am #

      Well, that sounds about how I felt when I read that one. I fell asleep reading aswell, several times. And I did end up reading a couple of books in between. Not the most engaging book unfortunately!

  3. jenika September 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    I think I gave up in reading it…

    • tess September 6, 2011 at 8:21 am #

      Yep, I can see why..all that waiting for something to happen.. 🙂

  4. jenika September 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    a book that I read in the meantime is Perfect you by Elizabeth Scott.
    It was not the best book ever written but it was a very pleasant reading. Romance, friendship, family in the life of a normal teenager, Kate. I read it in one afternoon. Here is the description I copy from goodreads:

    Kate Brown’s life has gone downhill fast.

    Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate’s invisible.

    And then there’s Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can’t stand even though she can’t stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she’s sure she’s just his latest conquest.

    Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn’t realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen — but only if she lets them…

    • tess September 6, 2011 at 8:20 am #

      Thanks so much for the tip, it sounds interesting!

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