Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Read May 2010 - Have not read the 2nd book though

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book wasn't really what I was expecting - but it was good - just different. It's told by a 16 year old boy - which is different then just about every other book I've read -

Ethan Wate is observant, a truth-teller about the way things are in his small town. A town he’s ready to escape. Gatlin isn’t just the setting in BEAUTIFUL CREATURES – it’s another character. The descriptions of the South live and breathe, seducing us into the story with promises of mysterious secrets from both the present and hundreds of years ago.

From interactions with his three elderly aunts (who are absolutely hilarious) to the respect he shows to Amma, the housekeeper who helped raise him, we see that Ethan understands family duty and loyalty. Only one thing challenges that loyalty.

Lena is the niece of Macon Ravenwood, Gatlin’s most notorious recluse. From the moment Lena arrives in Gatlin, she doesn’t have a chance. The house she lives in with her uncle is referred to as the Haunted Mansion. To make matters worse, she drives around in his hearse. Neither of these things fly in Gatlin - especially with the high school crowd. Lena is immediately an outcast. That doesn’t stop Ethan from putting himself on the line for her in front of his friends.

Everything changes on the day Ethan blacks out in class and has a dream he’s had before, a dream about a girl …

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