An actual story that didn't revolve around a hackneyed romance, a believable narrator (I'm the last person to want male characters to fit into stereotypes, but Ethan was, in several instances, clearly written as a stereotypical "female fantasy" character), a solid plot progression and/or reason to care; I could go on and on. I didn't actually hate this book until the end, because I was trying so hard to like it. But by the end, I couldn't try any more.
Incredulity. There were several times when I literally laughed out loud in shock at the horrid writing. And I reeaaaally wanted to like this book. It deals with plot elements I generally enjoy. But the execution was frustrating and void of depth.
The "supernatural world" the authors imagined was generally uncreative and sadly formulaic, as was the plot. This is the same things you've read before but recycled into a new shape with a slightly different supernatural theme. If the movie cast hadn't enticed me, I never would have tried this book, and I wish I hadn't. Supernatural teen romance is (somehow) a genre but it is rarely, if ever, worth the time. This book is no different.
I'll admit I went into this with low expectations and, alas, they were met but, with the movie coming out and one of my coworkers making her way through the book, I figured I'd give it a shot.
Beautiful Creatures is a YA novel typical of many YA novels of its type. Here we've got small town boy meets new girl who is different by dint of being the new girl and, therefore fascinating although both characters are neither. This may seem harsh, possibly, but I have cause to wonder why, when many of the secondary characters are so entertainingly full of life, the protagonists were so very dull.
I also get the feeling this book could have been a great deal shorter without all the back and forth over whether or not the heroine would be chosen as light or dark which carried on interminably until I was forced to give up on the book altogether. This coupled with the narrator's florid descriptions of his girlfriend's wonderfulness and gorgeousness (etc., etc.) none of which did very much to convince me he was in awe of her as anything more than the concept of a girl; the platonic ideal, if you will, of what a girl should be. "Hormones, my friend," I wanted to say, "you have a lot of them, but what you do not have in any way is chemistry."
All in all, it was an underwhelming read, thin on engaging plot, paced awkwardly in ways that may have been meant to be atmospheric but read as meandering and self-indulgent. The narrator wasn't bad, though. His reading of the protagonist's constant visits to the clouds was pitch perfect, just as his readings for Ama were feisty and amusing. It's the writing with which I find fault, not the narrator's performance. I might have finished the book for the sake of the secondary characters alone but I got tired of the lifeless romantic maundering and couldn't quite bring myself to manage.
I am a child of the 50's, love kids, animals, plants. I adopted a Sulphur mustang mare (desendant of the warhorses of the Conquistadors).
maybe... It was an okay kind of story - nothing real original or surprising. Kids will probably like it.
Something by Diana Gabaldon, Patricia Briggs or Dana Stabenow...
The narrator was good - this was just an average kind of story.
It isn't the worst I've listened to, just not great, not something I would recommend or listen to again...
Everything always stays the same in Gaitlin County, so when new girl – and not just any new girl, but someone really dark and different – comes to school, Ethan notices. Of course, there is also the fact that she has been in his dreams all summer, and that he can hear her voice in his head, even when they are not in the same room.
Turns out the new girl, Lena, is not just different, she is a caster; people in her family all have extraordinary talents like the ability to change the weather, or spy on people through the eyes of your dog. In the south, the worlds of darkness and light have always lived closely together, but it is not something the good people of Gaitlin County talk about aloud. Until the day that one of their people (Ethan) befriends one of the people of the night (Lena). These two worlds are about to collide and Ethan and Lena are right in the middle of it.
If you enjoy stories about other worlds, or enchanted love stories or ghost stories, you might also like Everlost, by Neal Shusterman, or Beastly, by Alex Flinn, or A Greyhound of a Girl, by Roddy Doyle.
Oh I loved every minute couldn't turn it off.
Twilight because of there deep connection!
Oh yes he was amazing!
Laughed an cried beautiful story of love an discrimination! In a modern world!
Love love love the book the movie was horrible i was enraged at how awful the movie was huge disappointment they changed the whole story I'm still angry at what a disappointment the movie was. Especially since the book was so gripping an had me hooked!
Yes, because it was not what I expected.
Don't want to spoil any part of the story for anyone else.
He was very passionate and his voice was very distinctive.
The part of the book that particularly moved me was when Macon was willing to give his life in order for his neice to live in peace and happiness.
This is a love story about a moral falling in love with a supernatural girl. The dream sequences upset my dog and every time he said "my mom died" i found myself rolling my eyes. That being said, I listened to all 17 hours of it and will get the next book with my next credit. It was one of those books that I enjoyed but would be too embarrassed to tell my friends I listened to it.
I loved this book - I really liked the narrator - he did a fantastic job despite the unnecessary and annoying sound effects randomly appearing in the background. I "read" many audio books, have read well over 300 at this point - and I don't think I've ever been as annoyed at a overall performance - again, not the narrator's fault, unless he's the one who decided to add the amateur, annoying, silly, and random sounds. For me, it detracted substantially from the book. I have an imagination of my own, that's why we read books instead of always watching movies - and I certainly don't need the sound of rain on a roof or thunder in the distance when the narrator says that there's a storm outside - I don't need the weird music of a dream when a character is dreaming. It had the sound of an old radio show, like "The Shadow," when some guy stood behind the radio actors and made sounds with various random objects. I will, probably, listen to the rest of this series if I don't have to put up with sound effects, ruining my experience of the book.
Beautiful Creatures was a different and engaging story of love won and lost. I however, struggled to engage in the reading because they used these terrible sound effects. As an avid reader my imagination makes all the sounds I need to enjoy a story. If you are like me and have all the imagination needed to bring the story to life, read this book for yourself.
Loved the discoveries of a new world, new ideas about casters.
He reads with excitement and passion but someone added to much to him amazing performance.
Take out the sound effects and offer this as a seperated purchase... Just saying.