"Beautiful Creatures"

Zoe N. | August 16, 2013 | Review

Beautiful Creatures

by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Paranormal, YA Romance
Published: December 1st, 2009
by Little, Brown Books

two-half-stars

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Summary:

There were no surprises in Gatlin County. We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere. At least, that's what I thought. Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen. But even in the South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into town, 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.

Review:

Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures.

I am pretty ambivalent about Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures. It is filled with instalove and a nonexistent plot, and it doesn’t add anything significant to the YA paranormal genre.

Our story follows Ethan Wate, who lives in Gatlin, a town where nothing much has happened since the Civil War. Enter Lena Duchannes. Suddenly Ethan’s small world turns upside down as he learns Lena might just be that mysterious girl he has been dreaming about for years…

The story itself isn’t very original or new. It doesn’t contain anything we haven’t already seen in countless other young adult paranormal novels, and I wish it had something more to offer to the genre instead of being just another romance.

The story is a romance first and foremost, and I think that’s probably why I failed to enjoy it as much as I wish I could have. The romance is consists primarily of instalove – from the moment Ethan and Lena see each other, they’re automatically in “love.” (Think Romeo & Juliet where they both take one look at each other and they’re already willing to defy their families for each other). Because of this, I never truly felt connected to their relationship.

Maybe it’s that I’m simply not much of a paranormal reader, but I can’t understand why Beautiful Creatures has so much hype behind it.

two-half-stars

One comment

  1. I’ve read Beautiful Creatures as well, but I have to agree, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did. It was kind of slow and the plot was weak and the romance wasn’t even like…ROMANCE ROMANCE. 😛 I’ve seen that you’ve dropped a comment on my blog so I thought I’d just come over to say hi!

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