Beautiful Creatures

TITLE: Beautiful Creatures

AUTHOR: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

GENRE: Mystery, Romance, Teen Flick

RATING: 3.5 /5

SETTING(S) : Gatlin, SC

SUBJECT: Evil vs Good, Light vs Dark, Magic, Mystery, History, Southern Town, Believe in yourself, Choose your own Destiny and Lost.

MAIN CHARACTERS: Ethan Wate, Amma, Wesley Jefferson Lincoln (Link), Lena Duchanness, Macon Ravenwood, and Dr. Marian Ashcroft.

SUMMARY: 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. Continue Reading 

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MY REVIEW:  I decided to read this book after seeing a trailer for the upcoming film.

The film previews begins with Lena fearing that everyone is talking about her.  She is shown in class getting angry and the glass breaks to a million of pieces.  Then it introduces you to Ethan and Lena tells him that her family is different.  Your get a sneak peak of some of the family members (Uncle Macon and Cousin Ridley).  Ethan asks “Are you Witches?”; she replies ” We prefer the term Casters”. Then it explain the curse when she tern 16 she will either become light or dark.  Her Uncle tries to explain that loving Ethan will only cause them to be in great danger or will kill them both.

After reading the book I search for readers reviews of the book.  Most reviews were about how the location of the book was a little cliche and the characters played off to much on teenage stereotypes.  I personal had a hard time reading it because it did play to much on teenage stereotypes and language.  But I think that is why it is so popular because teens can relate.  Did it have to much  teen language or grammar, No.  Did it seem to be playing off like “Clueless”, “90210” or other teen tv series, yes.

The only problem I had with it was its portrait of the south.  Visiting the south several time it does appear that people who have been born there stay there.  That they are keen on preserving their history and traditions.  But I think that is important to most Americans.  The problem was that the Daughters of the Revolution were a big impact in the town of Gatlin.  Even if you do not know your American History; you know that group is not as important to the South as it is to the North.  The realistic group would of been the Daughters of the Confederacy or something that has to do with the American Civil War/ War of the States or a group that is more well known in the South.  That was little distracting for me.  For me it would of helped if the south was portrayed in a truer light and not based on stereotypes or myths.  Over all in the end I did not think it was a bad or difficult book to read.