Beautiful Creatures

Paperback | September 14, 2010

byKami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

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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.

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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...

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 University of East Anglia, Norwich. They both live in Los Angeles, California, with their families. Beautiful Creatu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.75 inPublished:September 14, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316077038

ISBN - 13:9780316077033

Appropriate for ages: 12

Customer Reviews of Beautiful Creatures


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicting I could not put this book down! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favorite The overall themes of this book were great, but I found it a little dry I had a really hard time getting into it and have yet to read the second installment in the series. I think if it were approached differently I might have really enjoyed it but it just fell a bit flat for me.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book I read this book when I was 13, it isn't the typical girl falls in love with guy. or in the womens POV. I loved that it was in the mans POV, and how crazy his life got because he finally believed.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh ... The mythology of it was very good but the writing, plot and characters of it were not done very well.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Is Great! I loved this story and the references to different pieces of literature. I think that the idea of a caster varies from what other books consider witches. Pretty good, if you ask me.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner! I really liked this book. Even reading it with a southern accenting my mind, and couldn't put it down until i finished the book. This was definitely way better than the movie.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It was good. Wasn't great, but wasn't horrid.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I guess Some of the plot were kind of cheesy but I guess it was really interesting.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from one of the worst books i've ever read The plot was not the best: so many holes in the story, and unnecessary and awkward details. The main character was annoying. The writing was so-so. I couldn't get myself to finish the series.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favorite This book is an all time favorite of mine. I've reread it 4 or 5 times. If you like The Mortal Instruments or The Hunger Games I think you will like this one.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay. I found times where I would put it down and read one more chapter reach 2 weeks. It was okay.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay. I found times where I would put it down and read one more chapter reach 2 weeks. It was okay.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent read Was a creative idea, but i wouldn't say it was amazingly executed.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS BOOK I bought this book when it first came out, and ever since then i have been re-reading it because i love it so much. It is an amazing book, that i would recommend to people who love Science Fiction.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the Book! Yes many reviews might say its your typical genre of book. BUT as a young teen i absolutely loved this book and the series, i read through it multiple times. I definitely recommend reading the book but just don't watch the movie.. it will ruin the way you see the book no matter if you watch it before or after it was done so horribly. Whereas the book is amazing in your mind because of the magic and the details!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Easy Read It's typical of the genre, obviously aimed at teens. However as an adult I found some aspects to be interesting enough to hold my attention to the end. Unlike most "teen" books, this is written from the perspective of the teenage boy which I found interesting, although it is quiet obviously written by women. Someone lent me the first two books of this series. I would not have purchased them and will probably not read the second one.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hmmm While I quite liked the first book in this series, I couldn't stand the second. It was dragged out, repetitive, and boring. Don't even get me started on the movie adaptation. :( I know some people did enjoy this series but honestly I would never recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Great book. I really enjoyed it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not like this one I have to say, when it came to Beautiful Creatures, I was sorely disappointed. I kind of didn’t know what to expect going into it because I had read both seething reviews and reviews that raved about how wonderful it was. Let’s just say that is was far from wonderful. I know that I should have seen the warning signs for yet another Twilight-esque dull paranormal romance. First of all, the full list of clichés are present including….. ✓ small town no one has heard of ✓ new girl/boy in town ✓ couple is shunned and/or avoided by everyone ✓ “there’s just something about him/her that draws [the protagonist] towards him/her” ✓ two teenagers claiming to be in eternal love. So after seeing these warning signs, why didn’t I run for the hills? In all honesty I hoped that it would be good. But if I’m being COMPLETELY honest a big reason was that the movie trailer looked half decent because ….. drumroll please!…. JERMEY IRONS was in it! (if you couldn’t tell by that dramatic reveal, I LOVE Jeremy Irons.) On a more minor note, one of the reviews on the actual book claims that the narrator has a “wry narrative voice [that] will resonate with readers of John Green.” Ooh! Ooh! I am a reader on John Green! I find him extremely witty, clever and entertaining to listen to. So this review made the book sound promising to me. But man, oh man, that is not even remotely true. Whoever wrote that review probably never picked up a John Green book in their life because I don’t know who Ethan Wate sounds like, but it certainly isn’t John Green. More reasons for my disappointment? Well, nothing really happened. I found it very uninteresting and it could have been done so much better. It had an alright premise with witches and a curse from the days of the Civil war and all that jazz. Sounds like it could be good right? And it could have been, but the plot and characters were so simple and undeveloped that it didn’t satisfy. Not to mention the fact that the narrator, who is supposed to be a teenage boy, was not a believable one at all. I just didn’t buy it. Also, I found that the story being told through his eyes kinda killed the romance for me because I didn’t buy him as a narrator. The whole romance in general wasn’t satisfying to me, and I’m not really 100% sure why. It just didn’t give me those butterflies! That’s pretty important to me if I’m reading a supposed romance. I wants ta feel them butterflies! Anyway, I gave it two stars instead of one because, in spite of being an extremely long book in which little happens, I found it very readable and that kept it from being completely and utterly boring. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to continue the series. I really have no desire to find out what happens, and if I find myself wondering whatever happened to Ethan and Lena, I will probably just read the Wikipedia plot summary. It’s probably somewhat more well written than the book would be. Ouch…. okay that was kinda harsh, but seriously it wasn’t all that great!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't finish I don't usually like giving thoughts on a book until I'm done reading it, but I don't think I will finish reading this book, which is saying something since I've read <100 books this year, most of them YA! This book is long, the pace is slow, the teen male narrator's voice is super unrealistic, no one seems particularly likeable, and the book seems to withhold answers in an attempt to keep you going, long past when you should've had some of them. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Wbat an incredible read! I enjoyed the setting,the characters and the way the story flowed. I would recommend this book to everyone interested in history and the supernatural.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice What interest me are the characters it makes me continue to read the story. I like writers who can actually give some spin to her characters.
Date published: 2015-01-12
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 5 out of 5 by from amazed Madly in love with this book.
Date published: 2014-07-03
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 2 out of 5 by from Maybe Don't think I want to read the rest, I haven't decided yet. It's not to bad.
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking forward to the movie! Loved the book!
Date published: 2013-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh... I think teens will love it. Personally, I think it will make for a better movie than a good read.
Date published: 2013-02-03
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 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Such an interesting story. It is layered and it draws you in. Would definitely recommend this book and series.
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2013-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful Creatures Good book. I recommend the read.
Date published: 2012-12-22
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

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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