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Beautiful Creatures

by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | September 14, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Beautiful Creatures is rated 3.6522 out of 5 by 46.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of <_st13a_city _u13a_st="on"><_st13a_place _u13a_st="on">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 <_st13a_place _u13a_st="on">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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 592 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.75 in

Published: September 14, 2010

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316077038

ISBN - 13: 9780316077033

Appropriate for ages: 12
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay, but I wouldn't recommend it. I absolutely love to read, but this book took me a few months to get through. I read the first three books of the series, and the third one ended with a cliff hanger, but yet I still don't care to read the fourth one. It wasn't the worst book I read; I fell in love with the characters, but I feel like it just dragged on and on. I would choose something else over it.
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute A teen romance (with a supernatural element) that will probably delight younger readers, while still appealing to the curiosity of older ones. It can get rather cheesy at times, especially the interactions between main characters Ethan and Lena, but I was still intrigued to find out what would happen from chapter to chapter. Overall this is a well-paced story with an interesting plot.
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Rate: 4 out of 5 This book is called Beautiful Creatures and it is by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This is a very dark mysterious book about a relationship between a young caster named Lena Duchannes and a normal boy named Ethan Wate. This story takes place in the small Southern city of Gatlin. Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone you’ve ever seen, she’s struggling to control her powers and also has to face the curse that has haunted her family for generations. And everything changes after she meets Ethan Wate, an average boy in the city of Gatlin. The only problem is that casters and mortals can’t be together without the caster killing the mortal, so will their love conquer it all? Read this book to find out. I personally thought this book was great but at times it could be boring or confusing. This book will probably be a young teen/ teen’s pick. Considering it’s more of a supernatural/ romance book. The book really made you actually feel like you were there with Ethan and Lena through their journeys. And the end was the BEST part of the book overall. It just left you there wanting to read more and wanting to read the next book. The characters were very creative also, they each had a different personality and characteristic that made them special. I personally didn’t really like Ethan but he had a great personality and was a true gentleman. My favourite character would have to be Ridley, Lena’s cousin. She was so devious and such a trouble-maker. It was intriguing to read about her and it just hooked you right in. Some parts of the book I really didn’t understand and I had to reread some of the lines to understand the situation. Beautiful Creatures also became a movie and I did watch the movie and I didn’t really like it. The characters didn’t look like ANYTHING the author described them to be in the book and the scenes were way out of line. Especially the ending, it didn’t even make sense at all and the ending was my FAVOURITE part if the book and they completely changed it. But that was just my opinion on the movie and let me tell you, the book is a lot better. So you should totally read the book. Overall, the book was great and just kept you on your feet most of the time and wanting more. This is one of my favourite books so you should read this book sometime. I guarantee you, you won’t be disappointed. - Tiffany
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could Have Been Better The reason I created this challenge was because I had a hard time reading this series. It was odd because I found it intriguing, liked what I was reading, but I would always get to a point and just stop. I'd heard many recommendations so I knew I'd like it, I just needed that extra push to get me there. And once I finally read it, I was glad I did. Yes, I had a few issues with it, but it had a ton of potential and I enjoyed it overall. That opening couple pages gets me every time. I get goosebumps reading it. It was extremely intriguing and I was so ready to dive right into the book after that. And the next seventy pages didn't disappoint. They were mysterious and ominous and had me desperate to know what was going on in this town and with these two young lovers. There was lots of creativity in this story, both in concept and in certain events. I loved the scene with the pottery wheel, the dreams Ethan was having, and that enchanting song I could practically hear echoing in my head. And the whole concept of Dark and Light and Casters was just awesome. I was so excited about it, and I think it was really well done. Another thing I really enjoyed about Beautiful Creatures is the setting. I haven't read too many books set in the deep south and it really added to the atmosphere of the book. Gothic and foreboding, the town of Gatlin had me on edge. Ethan I had mixed feelings about. At first, I really adored him. He was so curious and determined. I couldn't help but admire that about him. But, eventually his voice became monotonous. He kept repeating himself over and over and nothing really changed. I became bored with it, and it wasn't until the end that I actually started enjoying his narration again. But, I really did enjoy his relationship with Lena. Although, at points, I was a bit bored with it, overall they were a very good couple and they brought out the better in each other. I really did like Lena, although her stubbornness made me want to shake her sometimes. I liked her personality, her style (I need to get me one of those charm necklaces) and her passion. But, for me, the stand out character was really Ridley. I loved her. Like, I wish she was in every scene because she was such a complex, trouble-maker! She had me on my toes, and it was fantastic. I really hope there's more Ridley in the next books cause she rocks. Now, I will say, I found the writing slightly lackluster. It was a bit overdone and some of the sentences I found myself having to re-read because they were oddly phrased. I also found that the breaking and pacing of the story was sometimes a little jumpy and confusing. It really needed to be tightened up and a little bit more editing could have gone a long way. I enjoy long books but there has to be a purpose to them. If not, it can detract from a story and I think that happened with this one. The idea was great, and the characters had potential, but the story dragged on. I kept saying "Wow, I'm not finished yet?" because I had been reading for so long and had gotten no where. I'm hoping that will be changed in the next three books! So, Beautiful Creatures has an aweome idea but the book itself didn't entirely live up to it. I have faith it will in the next few books though, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this interesting plot line goes! - Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
Date published: 2013-01-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very Bad This is one of the worst books I have ever read in my entire life. The plot was cliche and the characters were one dimensional. It was painful getting through this, but I hate leaving books unfinished, and thought perhaps it could be redeemed as it progressed. It seems as if the author took the plot of twilight and tweaked the characters personalities a bit so they couldn't be sued for plagiarism.
Date published: 2012-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you love Twilight and City of Bones... This book was a page turner. I couldnt put it down. I love the love between the characters and that the authors kept adding information and pieces to the puzzle that just made you want to learn more. The only issue with the book is that is was written from a males perspective and I would say might not be the most accurate peerspection on the male brian. It was written by females. Sometimes ethan would act the way we wish all our male counter parts would instead of how they actually behave in reality. another reason why you probably fall head over heels with him. i am curious why they didnt write it from lenas point of view...
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Had a hard time... I feel awful giving a book a bad review, and I really tried reading this, on 4 different occasions I picked up Beautiful Creatures and every time I could barely get to 200 + pages before putting it down. I wish I could put my finger on the exact problem with this book but I can't. The story is written from a male's point of view (Ethan) and I think that might be one of the issues I had with the book. I tried very hard to picture the characters in my head but I just couldn't, which never really happens to me. Lack of description, the story is nothing new and nothing special either. I am sad to admit it was just boring. Perhaps later on it gets interesting, but I have only read about 200 pages. I will definitely pick it up again at a later time and try to read it again. I have read some great review on the series so maybe I just wasn't in the mood for a supernatural forbiden love story?
Date published: 2012-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was truly one amazing book! Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down!!!
Date published: 2010-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Welcome to the swamp Richly imaginative and refreshing original after the recent vampire craze, yet similar in the lushly dark world hidden within the ordinary. Garcia and Stohl invite you to the South where family trees are more important than grades, tradition is everything, cooking is something not to be taken lightly, and the living are less likely to keep a secret than to sit down for dinner with the dead. The characters are fabulously believable, the love story is captivating, and the setting is so real you can almost smell the mingling aroma of the swamp and home made gritts. I couldnt put it down!
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely great loved everything about it the town the characters the story behind each one im anxious for beautiful darkness will be a deffinate buy the day it comes out
Date published: 2010-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ANOTHER SUPERNATURAL YA BOOK Ethan Wate begins to have dreams and visions he cannot explain. Lena Duchannes moves to Gatlin and things in the sleepy town where “nothing ever happens” begin to change, especially for Ethan. It does not take long for Ethan and Lena to find each other, but just when things are starting to go well she begins to pull away and a web of secrets unravels. His dreams begin to make sense and magical things begin to happen. When he finds out Lena has a family curse, he is determined to help her overcome it. To anyone who has wandered through a YA section in a bookstore lately, one cannot help but notice the glut of supernatural based books (with vampires taking a strong lead … gone are the days of Sweet Valley High?) This book definitely falls into the genre, although in a somehow kinder and gentler way. I understand there is a sequel, BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS to be released in October of this year.
Date published: 2010-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!! AWESOME BOOK !!! "beautiful creatures" is one of the best books i've ever read!!! i could never put it down! it's a book that just about anyone can enjoy. with love, action, and a misteriouse girl, this book is defenietly the right one for you!
Date published: 2010-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good twists. This book was a well writen one. And the imaginative characters, creatures and powers were amazing. I like how all of your questions are answered by the end of the book. It had a very very nice touching ending. But...I think something else should have happened. Just one thing. I'm not going to tell you what, but if you read the book and ever want to know ask me. Ethan and Lena...nice names. I havn't read a book with a character named Ethan in it, let alone the main charater. Even if I have it obviously wasn't impressionable, unlike this book. This book was different. And I LOVED how it DIDN'T have vamps in it. In this case "different" was a good thing. I do recommend this book for someone who likes supernatural stuff, or for somebody who needs to get away from the twilight story line. I have to read Vampire Kisses next...I hope what I've heard about it from some people isn't as "acurate" as I'm lead to beleive, otherwise I'm in trouble.
Date published: 2010-02-06
Rated out of 5 by from I Can Understand Why It Was "Heather's Pick" This book was great! I wasn't too impressed with the ending [I was expecting something different (and better, in my opinion)] but it was a wonderful book regardless. I loved Ethan's character, and Amma and Lena were pretty cool, too. It leaves room for a sequel, but I'm not entirely sure how you can top that. The story kept throwing all these crazies twists and turns, leaving you thinking "well this is different... and I kinda like it" =]
Date published: 2010-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drawn in instantly, and stay that way. I was instantly full of curiosity when I began reading this book. Those kinds of books are such a treasure to find, where you crave more answers and more info. There is the perfect balance that makes you curious, makes you question things, and the answers are revealed in great timing. Very interesting, with the right amount of supernatural to it that makes you say "something just isn't right here....theres got to be something more". A great way to spend some time in a book
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good! I'm usually not a fan of teen/supernatural romance books. but this one had lots of mystery and not too much mushy. the history of this area is really interesting and the authors did a good job of making it an integral part of the story. my only wish (and its always the same for good books) is that it was longer or there was a sequel!!!
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Magical, Unique Story. This was a great book, that didn't disappoint. I loved the fact that instead of the usual mysterious guy entering town and the curious girl getting to know him...it was the opposite. Ethan is the main character, and the story is told from his point of view. Ethan is a great character that lives in the very small town called Gatlin. He lives with Amma, who has raised him all of his life, and his father who keeps to himself and stays in his study room all day; writing until the sun comes up and sleeping until night comes...he has been this way since Ethan's mom died. He says he's writing a book, but no one exactly knows what he's been doing behind those doors. Ethan wonders what his dad is up to, but something else distracts his mind. For months, he has been having these dreams where he's falling and trying to hold on to a mysterious girl, as much as he tries to get a grasp on her wrist, he reaches into the air and she slips away from his fingers. What seems like a dream, turns more into a reality as he wakes up with mud caked under his fingers and a throbbing headache. He doesn't know who this girl is but he feels as if he can't live without her, he can't stop thinking about her, Ethan has no idea why he is falling in love with a girl that he hasn't even met... Gatlin is a small town where everyone has grown up with everyone, and it's rare to have a new kid at Jackson High. So when Lena Duchannes moves to Gatlin, she is the talk of the whole school. Not only is she new, but she is Macon Ravenwood's neice...No one has seen Macon outside of his house for who know's how long, he lives in a old, creepy mansion that no one dares to go near. It didn't matter what Lena was like, no one wanted to know her because of her uncle....but when Ethan sees her he can't help but stare, Lena has long dark black hair and green eyes that amaze you...Ethan can't help but be drawn by her, and recognize her from the girl in his dreams. She is mysterious, but Ethan is determined to figure out why she's in his dreams and what she's hiding... Just weeks after Lena's arrival, weird things are happening, and everyone points fingers at Lena, everyone does everything to exclude her, But Ethan is curious about her and wants to know more about her, and what he discovers is far from normal. The plot thickens, and the mystery unravels, Ethan and Lena have a greater bond than they thought. They work against the clock to figure out the mystery before it's too late. Lena's world changes Ethan's life dramatically.... I really liked this book, the plot was really, really great and the characters were fantastic. This book has magic, love, thrill, suspense and NO vampires which was awesome for a change. There are evil characters along with the good, and together they create an exciting book that had you guessing what would happen right until the end. 2010-001
Date published: 2010-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Angst and Melodrama in Spades Beautiful Creatures is a debut teen novel once again centered around the paranormal. Amidst the vampire stories that are dominating teen fiction right now this is certainly a fresh premise involving Casters (ie. witches) and an interesting plot however, (perhaps its a trend in teen fiction) it fails miserably in its deliverance which is melodramatic, whiny and repetitive. Not to mention the cheese factor when reading the dialogue between the characters. I expected better from a Heather's Pick.
Date published: 2010-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great atmosphere and enjoyable read... I enjoyed reading Beautiful Creatures. Although the story isn’t revolutionary there were some interesting characters and the setting of the Deep South created a wonderful atmosphere. The book is told from the point of view of Ethan which unfortunately means that readers don’t get any juicy descriptions of how dreamy he is. We do, however, get to hear all the many ways he loves Lena who is sort of an anti-Bella; she is the most powerful caster (witch) EVER!
Date published: 2009-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a Must Read for 2009! In the small southern town of Gatlin, nothing really happens. Everyone knows everyone, you are born there and you die there. Ethan's whole world changes when a new girl, Lena, comes to town to live with her uncle...he recognizes her as the girl from his dreams. There is no way to avoid the connection they have and life in Gatlin becomes much more interesting as secrets surface, powers are developed and they uncover details of the curse haunting her family. This is one book I had been dying to read, so I must admit I came in with high expectations. The story is told from the perspective of a guy, Ethan which was a refreshing change - I had to laugh as I changed the voice in my head as I read. I loved the dichotomy used throughout: old vs. new, popular vs. outcast, good vs. evil, destiny vs. free will. The one thing I wished for was more of a connection with Ethan & Lena. I found that the history & struggle to accept or change one's destiny left me feeling like I missed out on a bit of the romantic connection. The plot contains so many twists and turns that it keeps one guessing what could happen next. The ending was phenomenal and, although the book is almost 600 pages, it leaves the reader wishing for more. I eagerly await the next book in the series due out next year! Recently announced: Warner Bros. has picked up film rights to Beautiful Creatures. Congrats Kami & Margie!
Date published: 2009-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Refreshing FINALLY! A teen fantasy novel that doesn't involve vampires! This book has the perfect mix of fantasy and civil war history. Ethan Wate is a popular high school kid, plays sports. Lena is the new girl in town and a Castor. I loved that this book was written from the male perspective rather than from a female one for a change. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are fantastic storytellers.
Date published: 2009-11-27

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Beautiful Creatures

by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 592 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.75 in

Published: September 14, 2010

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316077038

ISBN - 13: 9780316077033

About the Book

The town of Gatlin has never seen anyone like Lena Duchannes. Her secrets--and her powers--will shake the town and the life of Ethan Wate, the boy who's drawn to her.

From the Publisher

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of <_st13a_city _u13a_st="on"><_st13a_place _u13a_st="on">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 <_st13a_place _u13a_st="on">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.

About the Author

Kami Garcia is a teacher and reading specialist with an MA in education, and leads book groups for children and teenagers. Margaret Stohl has an MA in English and studied creative writing under poet George MacBeth at the <_st13a_placetype _u13a_st="on">University of <_st13a_placename _u13a_st="on">East Anglia, <_st13a_city _u13a_st="on"><_st13a_place _u13a_st="on">Norwich. They both live in <_st13a_place _u13a_st="on"><_st13a_city _u13a_st="on">Los Angeles, <_st13a_state _u13a_st="on">California, with their families. Beautiful Creatures is their debut novel.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Beautiful Creatures:
"This book has it all: a creepy setting, a deadly curse, reincarnation, spells, witchcraft and voodoo, plus characters that simply will not let the reader put the book down until finished...Who could ask for more? A sequel? Please!" - VOYA

"In the Gothic tradition of Anne Rice...Give this to fans of Stephenie Meyer''s Twilight or HBO''s "True Blood" series." - School Library Journal

"[Readers] will be swept up by the haunting and detailed atmosphere, the conventions and strictures of Southern life, and a compelling and dimensional mythology." - Publishers Weekly

"Smart, textured and romantic." - Kirkus Reviews

Appropriate for ages: 12